Close your eyes and consider a southern Italian hilltop town. The men sit outside and chat, the gelato store is always open, and the table red tastes just fine. Not a bad visual. Now, open to reveal a grand and dreamy 19th-century palazzo in the city of Bernalda, a remote town in Italy’s Basilicata region. Welcome to Palazzo Margherita.
Claim to Fame
The Coppola family, in collaboration with French designer Jacques Grange, painstakingly renovated this large palazzo in the hometown of Francis Coppola’s grandfather, Agostino, a place he always referred to as “Bernalda bella.”
What’s on Site
The light-filled residence has nine suites — three situated on the garden and five in the main house — and is filled with painstakingly beautiful details, from individually hand-painted ceiling frescos to the décor of the rooms themselves. The house is luxe but incredibly accessible and feels like a friend’s (very large) summer place. The at-home sensibility comes from the down-to-earth, professional, and genuinely nice staff and cooks.
Everywhere you look are Italian still life compositions — from bowls of walnuts to fresh fruit arranged just so to a gorgeous fountain in the middle of the courtyard. A tranquil pool rests just behind the lovely walled gardens and a small bar borders the swimming pool. Order an espresso between laps. You’ll want to unplug and let the charms overwhelm you, but there’s stellar Wifi for all your Instagramming needs (read: Italian countryside bragging moments).
Take La Dolce Vita Seriously at Palazzo Margherita
Fonte: Luxury Travel Advisor