It’s that time again, what are you doing for your spring/summer holiday?  If you’re headed to Italy on a luxury holiday, then I have news for you.  FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S PALAZZO MARGHERITA is a hot spot to think about.   If you’re into authentic regional cuisine, custom-tailored clothing, traditional ceramics, handmade jewellery, embroidered linens, and so much more in Basilicata, then its time to book your room.Venture to Basilicata,  is one of Italy’s most unspoiled regions, and stay for a week in a real Italian palazzo where you can enjoy the finest things that Italy has to offer. Nestled amongst rolling hills and in the charming town of Bernalda Francis Ford Coppola’s Palazzo Margherita offers not only a stunning retreat but access to authentic regional cuisine and will curate memorable itineraries featuring extraordinary local artisans.

At this Italian hot spot you can ‘mangiare’ like a native on authentic Southern Italian cuisine made from the freshest locally grown, organic ingredients. Now where can you get this at other vacation spots?  If you watch what you eat then the, The Palazzo Margherita Culinary Package (580€ pp, not including room nights) offers a special welcome drink with cheese tasting, four hands-on Italian cooking classes with accompanying dinners (starter through dessert), a book of recipes, an embroidered linen apron, one traditional pasta-making tool and a chef-guided tour of the local fish and traditional food markets in nearby Matera is a finger -licking luxury vacation for those who enjoy the finer things in life. If you like a little adventure and site seeing, you can also experience everything else the area has to offer, journey into nearby delightful villages on our popular Artisan Shopping Tour where you can purchase goods expertly handcrafted by local artists while truly relishing a life untouched by modern tourism.



Ceramics in Grottaglie

The city of ceramics, Grottaglie is positioned in an area extremely rich in clay and has been active in the production of ceramics for many centuries The production is divided into two major branches, that of the arte ‘ruagnara’ used to manufacture common house hold crockery inspired by traditional peasant ceramics, and that of the arte faenzara, highly decorated and precious ornamental pieces for a more elite market.

Custom-Tailored Clothing in Ginosa

Ginosa is home to Angelo Inglese, one of the area’s top tailors. Famous for having made the royal marriage shirt of Prince William, Angelo can meet guests at the Palazzo and then create a custom shirt in a matter of days. There is also a large selection of scarves made with an ancient loom, handmade cashmere neckties, and exquisite suits

Jewellery, Woodworking & Sculpture in Matera

Matera is home to many talented artisans. Two young women here create unique pieces called “sculpture jewelry.” using recycled copper tubes, textiles, electrical wires and other discarded materials. The use of glass and natural stones gives the items an elegant and original look for the modern and eco-conscious woman. A dynamic woodworker carries on the practice of his ancestors creating everything from everyday objects to carved and inlaid furniture. And two brothers practice the Materan tradition of tufa stone pot sculpting.

Embroidered Linens 

The region also offers several choices in artisans who have conserved the tradition of linen embroidery and can personalize any item upon request from elegant hand stitched tablecloths, napkins, and placemats.

The FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S PALAZZO MARGHERITA has officially made it on our list of Hot Spots. We like to think big when planning vacations it’s also about the experience.

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