Palazzo Margherita

Discover the magic atmosphere of Palazzo Margherita: the luxury hotel of the Coppola family. A 19th century painted palace, with frescos on its ceilings and walls located in Bernalda, a small hilltop town in the beautiful Basilicata region of Southern Italy, very close to Matera, famous for its ancient cave dwellings, dramatic landscapes, and historic houses.

Palazzo Margherita courtyard. Photo by Gundolf Pfotenhauer.
The Swimming Pool of Palazzo Margherita. Photo by Gundolf Pfotenhauer.

​​Palazzo Margherita: an elegant 19th century palazzo in the town of Bernalda, built in 1892 by the Margherita family. The town was the birthplace and home to Agostino Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola’s grandfather, and holds a special place in the Coppola's family history, which is what drew Francis to first visit it in the 1960s and acquire the Palazzo in 2005.

Palazzo Margherita is located in Bernalda, a charming hilltop town in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy, nestled between the ancient cities of Metapontum and Matera; an area rich with history, including haunting primordial cave dwellings referred to as “Sassi,” that have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is said that anyone who visits Bernalda cannot resist returning. 

Francis Suite. Photo by Gundolf Pfotenhauer.

Palazzo Margherita is a hotel of Italian luxury and familiar informality in equal measure, sumptuous and with exotic ambiance, but utterly comfortable. Restored by Francis Ford Coppola in collaboration with the renowned French interior designer Jacques Grange and with production designer Dean Tavoularis. Palazzo Margherita is famed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s latest production and something quite personal. With a cinematic sense of grandeur, maintaining the elegant old world charm and adding new details to keep it current, the Palazzo offers a luxurious yet authentic Italian experience, with vast bedrooms, ornate reception rooms and an inner courtyard opening onto a world of private gardens and an elegant swimming pool. The entire family collaborated with Grange in contributing personal details to individual rooms, adding to the special atmosphere of visiting a private home. The interior is styled with tiled floors and hand-painted fresco ceilings with a taste of Moroccan and Neoclassical flair. Some of the furniture and finishes were personally designed by Grange, and the floors have been restored from the original marble, with additional craftsmanship provided by painters and artisans in the region.

The Cinema Room in Palazzo Margherita. Photo by Gundolf Pfotenhauer.
Corner of an interior of the Hotel. Photo by Gundolf Pfotenhauer.

As well as rooms with tiled fireplaces and writing desks, terraces with views of the courtyard and gardens, and various bars to retreat to, the hotel has an open kitchen for cooking lessons, a screening room with an extensive Coppola film library, and, for those not staying, the open Cinecittà Bar – because Francis “wanted the people of Bernalda to feel welcomed at Palazzo Margherita even though it was to be a luxury hotel.”

Dining at Palazzo Margherita is tailored to individual preference. Guests can enjoy traditional Southern Italian cooking or a delicious casual meal served in the eat-in kitchen, the Cinecittà Bar, the Salon, or beside the swimming pool. Romantic courtyard and garden dining as well as in-room service are also available throughout the day.

A magic location that conveys the special vision of the Coppola family.

View of the Francis Suite.
View of the fresco ceiling of Palazzo Margherita.
The Cinecittà Bar of Palazzo Margherita. Photo by Gundolf Pfotenhauer.

Palazzo Margherita

Corso Umberto I, 64, 75012 Bernalda MT, Italy

Tel. +39 0835 549060


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