palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}
I love my job.

I get to eat, travel and write about it. Life is good.

But when an editor asks me if I want to go stay in Francis Ford Coppola’s new luxury hotel in Basilicata, even I have trouble believing I do this for a living.

The hotel is Palazzo Margherita, and I’d been hearing about it ever since Coppola had bought the property about 6 years ago. First it was going to be a private villa, then a hotel.

The reason I got to go down was so that I could check it out for Travel & Leisure’s annual It List. Of course it made the grade.


And while there are better photographs of Palazzo Margherita all over the place, here are a few of mine.

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

palazzo margherita {basilicata}

Palazzo Margherita

Bernalda, Basilicata
Italy

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Comments

  1. says

    It seems to have a lovely feel, very welcoming without being intimidating. I feel like I could happily curl up in most of these places. I love the pattern on the wall in the bar. What was the food like? ciao lisa x

  2. Anonymous says

    Do you know if people working there are all Italian and from Bernalda or Basilicata, in general? Are all professional, in your opinion? Have you ever been in another place, in Basilicata? What do you think about that region and does the Palazzo Margherita represent traditions of that land and people or it is “far from that idea”?
    Thank you!!

    • says

      That’s a lot of questions! Most of the people were local, but had trained professionally. Yes, I’ve travelled a bit in Basilicata. I think that Palazzo Margherita is a mix of old and new, trying to make the traditions of Basilicata available to a wider audience at a luxury level.

  3. Anonymous says

    Not true what Katie Parla wrote about the food at Palazzo Margherita in today’s NY Times. We stayed there for 5 days and the food was consistently good and all from the region, as were all the wines, they were scrupulous about it. It sounds like she stayed there one night and then wrote a shoot from the hip dig, not fair.

    • says

      I agree with you. I had four meals at Palazzo Margherita, all of which were local, seasonal and delicious. I even made pasta with the chef, which was a real treat. But Katie obviously has a different view point on things. Especially since she referred to the interior design of the Coppola’s rooms as ‘simple.’ If that is ‘simple’ then I’ve been living the wrong kind of life.

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