Accommodation in Puglia


Palazzo Margherita

Palazzo Margherita is situated in Bernalda, a small hilltop town in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy. Located in the province of Matera, which is 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 Ionian Sea, as this part of the Mediterranean is known.

While the neighboring region of Puglia has become popular with tourists, Bernalda remains largely undiscovered—one of a few remaining parts of Italy where the culture, food and wine remain authentic and untouched by the world beyond. The townspeople offer a genuine hospitality that makes you feel more like a friend or neighbor than a tourist. It is said that anyone who visits Bernalda cannot resist returning.

Completely restored in collaboration with acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange, 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 a swimming pool. The interior is styled with tiled floors and hand-painted fresco ceilings with a taste of Moroccan and Neoclassical flair.

The intimate resort has seven large suites and two garden rooms. Each is a unique work of art and features luxurious linens and elegant bathrooms. Many of the rooms feature a large terrace and/or a Juliette Balcony; some face the charming interior garden, others look onto the leafy town square. All rooms were individually designed in order to capture the essence of being in a very special home.

Dining at Palazzo Margherita is tailored to individual preference. Guests can enjoy traditional Southern Italian cooking or a delicious casual meal served in 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. Guests who dine-in are invited to join a cooking class during the day, in which the cooks will show you how to make typical local pasta. You eat from handmade ceramics from the village of Grottaglie.

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Puglia in Southern Italy hides a myriad of guarded sights, historical architecture and beaches untouched by tourism.

Puglia is a region that can satisfy any taste and interest, from its ancient history to the Medieval and Baroque epochs, from its castles that line the coast to the tiny, artistic villages where artisanal masterpieces come to life.

Local and international festivals add a little spice to life such as the Otranto Jazz Festival and La Notte della Taranta, where the area’s traditional dance, the Pizzica is celebrated.

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