Located near the Ionian Sea and the ancient Sassi di Matera cave dwellings in Southern Italy, Francis Ford Coppola’s boutique hotel, Palazzo Margherita, provides a beautiful overview of the picturesque Italian countryside. A stay at the hotel (seasonal prices range from $440 to $2,030 per night), located in Bernalda, Italy—a hilltop city home to an ancient castle and other historic dwellings—gives visitors the chance to experience authentic Italian cuisine, wine, and activities.
Thanks to a partnership with travel company Butterfield & Robinson, Palazzo Margherita now offers cycling tours through nearby orchards and small towns along the Ionian coast. The hotel provides private beach excursions to the nearby white-sand beaches of the Ionian Sea (complete with free shuttle service and either a picnic lunch prepared by the hotel’s chefs or a fresh fish ensemble caught by local fishermen).
Guests can participate in a full roster of other summer activities, including Nordic walking exercise courses, canyoneering (rappelling down narrow mountain canyons underneath waterfalls), mountain biking, sport climbing, rafting in the Lao River at the Pollino National Park, water trekking, exploring the historic Rock Churches park, and hiking through the caves of Matera.
After a full day of recreation, guests can retire to earthy yet elegant suites with vaulted ceilings, stone walls, clawfoot bathtubs, and Italian décor. Some of the suites offer direct access to the courtyard garden and fountain; others include fireplaces, writing desks, and exquisite handpainted frescoes. (coppolaresorts.com)