Buon Natale 2017 at Palazzo Margherita!
Seven festive days to enjoy your Christmas holidays in Southern Italy!
Time: 7 days (6 night stay)
Transfer: Provided for all destinations listed in the package
Cost: Euro 3500 per room (Christmas package as below included, based on double occupancy. Room rates begin at an additional Euro 2500 for our Garden Room for six nights).
‘Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi’ (‘Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you like’), this is the Italian way! So come and spend a Buon Natale (Merry Christmas) with your family at Palazzo Margherita in 2017. Basilicata, one of Italy’s most unspoiled regions, is where culture, food and wine remain authentic and untouched by the world, and is the perfect place to experience the live tradition of the Italian Natale.
Set in the charming town of Bernalda, where Francis Ford Coppola’s grandfather was born, Palazzo Margherita delights guests with palatial rooms and suites, delicious authentic cuisine, endless amenities, and hospitality so heartwarming that some visitors choose never to venture beyond the Palazzo walls.
Italy's winter holiday season generally starts with the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, a national holiday.
Traditionally, the main focus of Christmas decorations in Italy is the presepe, a Nativity scene or Christmas crib. The Christmas crib is said to have originated with Saint Francis and the craft of carving nativity figures started in the 13th century.
Rossella and her team will welcome you into the unique family atmosphere of this special house. Just as she does at home, she dresses the Palazzo with handmade and elegant holiday decorations. You will experience traditional Christmas recipes in our cozy kitchen where Chef Tommaso will share the secrets of our ancestral cuisine. Sitting next to the wood oven, with a good glass of wine in hand, you will be swept away by the NATALE Italiano!
Day 1) December 21st
Day 2) December 22nd - Special Day at a Winery
Transfer: 1 hour and 15 minutes each way
*In the heart of the DOC Primitivo di Manduria wine region (the same variety as the Californian Zinfandel Grape), the breathtaking beauty of this vineyard just a stones throw away from the Mediterranean, will capture your attention as you take a passeggiata, a walk, through the vineyards, not least for the ancient Casino Nitti, the old masseria which once belonged to the first Council President of the Kingdom of Italy after the war, Francesco Saverio Nitti (1919-20).
Day 3) December 23rd – The Valle d’Itria
Transfer: 1 hour each way
Your program for the day will be as follows:
*Grottaglie is placed in an area really rich in clay and since the 18th century has been very active in the ceramics production.
**This exhibition, now at its 38th edition, was born to give evidence of the rich artistic and cultural tradition of the nativity scenes in the local tradition, and the collection has grown since its origins in 1980 to host both local and international artifacts.
Day 4) December 24th - La notte di Natale
* Perhaps you’ve heard of the Italian-American tradition of the “feast of the seven fishes” — a Christmas Eve dinner where the menu revolves entirely around seafood. In Basilicata, tradition would have that for Christmas Eve Dinner, 13 dishes be served, including, but not limited to, fish. The much awaited culinary indulgence comes from southern Italy, where Roman Catholics abstained from consuming meat on Christmas Eve, instead opting for dishes like baccalà (salt cod).
Day 5) December 25th – Natale in Craco
Transfer: 40 minutes each way
**The abandonment of the old houses transformed the area into a ghost town often used as a film set for historical films and as a tourist destination through guided tours. The village of Craco can be reached via a road that climbs from the valley up the hill. The grooves are deep and steep offering a picturesque and suggestive landscape. Surrounded by pictoreque fields and olive groves, the town is a single sculptural composition of the closely aligned houses nested on the limestone cliff. Above the vaulted alleys and steep stairways rise the Norman Tower and the 13th century castle.
Day 6) December 26th - Matera in fest
Transfer: 45 minutes each way
*The building hosting the MOOM is assumed to date back to the XV-XVI century. The structure was initially composed exclusively of caves dung into the tufa rock. Upon entering, one notices immediately how the facilities were enlarged over time thanks to successive excavation allowing for the expansion of existing rooms and the creation of new ones.
Our Suggestion: Wear sturdy rubber-soled shoes or bring a pair with you.
Day 7) December 27th - Departure