Best Summer Trips

These summer destinations offer city escapes for the urban inclined and quieter locales for those who crave countryside.

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Country: Bernalda, Italy

Palazzo Margherita, Francis Ford Coppola’s fifth property, is set in the Basilicata region in the small town of Bernalda, where his grandfather lived. The Medieval hilltop city overlooks the Ionian Sea, has no major attractions and doesn’t see many tourists—and that’s its charm. The nine-suite property opened in March. Its overall feel is that of a private home, but the extraordinary interiors by legendary French interior designer Jacques Grange render it more a summer palace. Graphic tiles—including Grange’s signature zigzag—cover the radiant-heat floor, and walls are painted in striped patterns or washed-out pastels. The screening room features 300 Italian films from Coppola’s personal collection. A 20-minute drive takes you to the beach, and two golf courses are nearby, but you won’t want to stray far from this haven (rooms, from $1,000; 64 Corso Umberto; 39-08/3554-9060).