Palazzo Margherita
5 Star Luxury - Palatial Elegance

Corso Umberto I, Bernalda, Province of Matera, Italy

Overview & highlights

Palazzo Margherita is a true 19th century palazzo located in Bernalda – Southern Italy.  Now a boutique hotel owned by Francis Ford Coppola who has completely restored the palazzo along with acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange, creating a luxurious, authentically Italian experience that ushers guests into a private world of palatial comfort, surrounded by beautiful gardens, a courtyard, and a swimming pool, all just steps from a small, bustling town in which the visitor is a friend and neighbour rather than a tourist.

There is a sense of family that distinguishes Palazzo Margherita as one of the most charming small luxury hotels in Italy.


Palazzo Margherita is situated in Bernalda, a small hilltop town in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy. Located in the province of Matera, famous for its ancient cave dwellings, dramatic landscapes, and historic houses, Bernalda is relatively unknown outside of Italy. It is just ten minutes from the coast, where miles of white sand beaches border the Mediterranean.

While the neighboring region of Puglia has become popular with tourists, Basilicata is largely undiscovered, one of a few remaining parts of Italy where the culture, food, and wine remain authentic and untouched by the world beyond. It is said that anyone who visits Bernalda cannot resist returning.

How to arrive

  • International flights into Rome or Naples
  • Bari Airport and Brindisi Airports are both located one hour and twenty minutes from the property
  • Private charters can fly into Taranto-Grottaglie Airport, forty-five minutes from the property
  • 9 seat jets can also fly into ‘E.Mattei’ Pisticci Airport (15 minutes from the property – complimentary transfer from/to the hotel)
  • Private car transfers can be arranged from anywhere in Italy upon request
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