The winner of the lovely mother/daughter travel memoir We’ll Always Have Paris is…Marsha from Splenderosa!!! Congratulations, Marsha…send me an e-mail with your address and I will ship the book to you today!
Today’s Wednesday Wanderlust transports us to a part of Italy not often visited by tourists…and to a hotel owned by none other than famed movie director,
Francis Ford Coppola.
Palazzo Margherita is located in Bernalda, Italy (halfway between the toe and the heel in the “boot” which is Italy). While the nearby region of Puglia has become more popular recently, Bernalda is one of a few beautiful towns where the food and wine have remained authentic and untouched by mass tourism. The townspeople welcome visitors with a genuine hospitality that makes every guest feel like a local.
Built in 1892 by the Margherita family, Palazzo Margherita is a true 19th century palazzo. The town was the birthplace and home to Agostino Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola’s grandfather, who always referred to it affectionately as “Bernalda bella.” Francis purchased the Palazzo in 2004 with the desire to transform it into a small, luxurious Italy boutique hotel, believing it was time to introduce visitors to this stunning and still undiscovered region.
One of my “bucket” list trips is to take a cooking class in Italy…Palazzo Margherita offers daily classes and demonstrations in the Palazzo Kitchen.
What is on your travel “bucket list”? Have you ever taken a cooking class while traveling? I would love it if you would share your own travel dreams and personal experiences!
(All photos via Virtuoso and Palazzo Margherita)
Pamela RG says
Wow, this is beautiful and elegant Hotel. I wish to visit it one day. I have read so much about it. I think the Coppola's serve their own wine there too.
Katie Clooney says
Congrats on winning my giveaway! So happy you won. Love these gorgeous pics. Would love to go there someday. Have a wonderful Wednesday, Sandy!
Castles Crowns and Cottages says
GLORY HALLELUJAH!!!! Take me now, Sandy….give me Europe anytime, especially these food tours of anywhere in Italy! We had such a good time there on the Ligurian coast! And MARSHA! Good for her. She is one lucky winner! Big hugs my dear, Anita
The enchanted home says
Wow!! What an amazing place and I will happily join you for a cooking class, what fun that would be! You did not disappoint..congrats to Marsha.
I Dream Of says
Hi Sandy! We stayed at Francis Ford Coppola's properties in Belize on our first big trip together (which we returned from engaged!) and they were absolute magic. Palazzo Margherita is definitely high on my wish list. A few years back in Tuscany we took a class on Italian farm cooking from the owner of the Villa Bordoni and the woman who lived on the neighboring farm. We prepared it all in her little kitchen and took it back to the Villa to eat – it was fantastic and I've remade some of the recipes at home, which always transports me back to Italy.
So many wonderful adventures to have in the world, so little time.
Happy Wednesday! XOXO
Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns says
I would live to take a cooking class while traveling! Especially in Tuscany!