Desired Destination: Palazzo Margherita
21/02/2012 § 1 Comment
The Palazzo Margherita, located in the town of Bernalda, Italy was built in 1892 by the Margherita family. Purchased in 2004 by Francis Ford Coppola, the palazzo has been transformed into a tiny (only nine guestrooms) luxury hotel with the kind of interiors that give me heart palpitations. No staid adherence to one single style here, rather it is the combination of the expertise of Parisian designer Jacques Grance and the input of members of the Coppola clan. This gorgeous hotel has a cosmopolitan and sophisticated feel, with a healthy dose of Belle Époque.
The owner of other small hotels in Belize, Guatemala, Argentina and New Orleans, this property was a labor of love for Coppola, as his grandfather, Agostino Coppola, was born in the town of Bernalda. Bernalda, a small hilltop town near the Ionian Sea in the Bazilicata region of Southern Italy, is not a major tourist attraction, which I think makes this dramatically luxurious hotel even more alluring. Can you not imagine long lazy days wandering the countryside and exploring the town, lounging in the sun by the pool, soaking in those glorious tubs?
I definitely can.
The Palazzo was also featured in the March 2012 World of Interiors.
Corso Umberto 64
75012 Bernalda (MT)