PALAZZO MARGHERITA

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Sofia Cop­pola chose to hold her 2011 wed­ding at her fa­ther’s lat­est ho­tel ven­ture, the Palazzo Margherita, in the dusty lime­stone vil­lage of Ber­nalda, well off the beaten track in Basil­i­cata, a rugged part of south­ern Italy. Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola formed a bond with the vil­lage af­ter many sum­mers spent there, and jumped at the chance to buy this 19th-Cen­tury man­sion. The nine rooms have high ceil­ings and ex­otic mu­rals, but the main en­chant­ment is the gar­den, de­signed by Cop­pola him­self. It ex­tends be­yond the scented court­yard where Sofia made her vows and is filled with herbs, hibis­cus, roses, and an or­na­men­tal veg­etable plot, be­side an el­e­gant pool. 10 miles away is the Riva dei Ginepri beach where hours can be spent swim­ming and soak­ing in the sun. www.cop­po­lare­sorts.com/palaz­zomargherita

Best For Baroque Charm PALAZZO HEDONÉ

All the riches of a Mediter­ranean coast­line gather glo­ri­ously on the lime­stone hill­tops, ridges, and clefts of Si­cily’s rugged hin­ter­land in spring. Bor­age casts its gauzy pur­ple veil across the rocks and com­petes with yel­low cape sor­rel, wild iris, and creamy snap­drag­ons. Th­ese grow ev­ery­where, push­ing out of the stony cracks of the Baroque churches of Or­ti­gia, Noto, and Sci­cli. Im­merse your­self in the cul­ture here and im­bibe its sleepy rhythms at Palazzo Hedoné, with its gar­den ter­races zigzag­ging up the soft vol­canic rock. There are in­door and out­door pools, a cin­ema in a grotto, and 13 sim­ple bed­rooms that con­trast with the an­tique-filled gran­deur of the pi­ano no­bile. www.palaz­zo­he­done.it

Best For Wild Flow­ers SAN FANTINO

70 va­ri­eties of wild orchid grow on Mount Cer­vati, as owner Se­bas­tiano Petrilli will point out on hunt­ing-gath­er­ing tours while search­ing for wild as­para­gus, mush­room, saf­fron, and the var­i­ous herbs and flow­ers he adds to his so-called Mirac­u­lous Soup. A for­mer Lon­don-based en­tre­pre­neur, Petrilli has given up the buzz of the city for a sim­pler life man­ag­ing the work­ing farm­cum-guest­house in the un­spoilt Ci­lento re­gion, be­yond the traf­fic fumes and crowds of Amalfi. The seav­iews from the farm­stead, across iris- and poppy- strewn mead­ows, are breath­tak­ing. With ex­cel­lent food and wine pro­duced on the es­tate, this is a de­light­ful base for ex­plor­ing the re­gion’s se­cret beaches, re­mote hill towns, and fish­ing ports. Enoteca Os­te­ria Per­bacco nearby is all about lan­guid lunches be­neath vine-clad per­go­las with spe­cial­i­ties such as stuffed cour­gette flow­ers with ri­cotta and an­chovies. Or try U’ Zi­faro, one of the best fish restau­rants in the south, in the glo­ri­ous port of Scario. www.san­fantino.com

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