Coppola premieres new hotel

Coppola premieres new hotel

One of Hollywood’s most respected directors has opened a hotel in a palazzo in southern Italy. Francis Ford Coppola, the head of a dynasty of film-makers and most famous for directing The Godfather, is expanding his portfolio of luxury properties with a 19th-century Italian villa, his first hotel in Europe.

Opening today, Palazzo Margherita is located in the attractive little town of Bernalda – the birthplace of Coppola’s grandfather, Agostino – in Basilicata. Built in 1892, the palazzo has been completely renovated and its interiors redesigned by Jacques Grange. It is decorated with handpainted fresco ceilings in Baroque style, furniture designed by Grange and marble flooring. A courtyard at its centre opens onto secluded gardens with semi-tropical plants, a magnificent fountain and a swimming pool.

With just nine palatial bedrooms and suites, most with a terrace or balcony, the resort is extremely intimate, a homely setting for get-togethers that Coppola wanted to create for family and friends. In the evenings, the salon is turned into a private screening room; guests can choose what they watch from Coppola’s personal collection of more than 300 Italian films.

‘The Palazzo Margherita for me is a dream come true – its magical gardens, the family gathering in the magnificent salon for whatever purpose: celebrations, intimate teas or evenings of films,’ he says.

Indeed, the hearty Mediterranean food and local wine flows easily here. Guests can choose to dine in their own suite, at a table in the Cinecitta Bar or even in the kitchen itself, to witness the chef’s handiwork.

The hotel is the sixth in Coppola’s portfolio, joining others in Belize, Argentina, Guatemala and the US.

Palazzo Margherita, 64 Corso Umberto, Bernalda, Matera, Basilicata, Italy (00 39 0835 549060 ;

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Pictured: The Palazzo Margherita’s patio

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