Francis Ford Coppola’s New Hotel: Palazzo Margherita
For his fifth property, Francis Ford Coppola goes back to his ancestral roots.
“Bernalda bella.” Those were the words Francis Ford Coppola’s grandfather used to describe his birthplace, the quiet hilltop village of Bernalda, Basilicata, in southern Italy. The Godfather director first visited 50 years ago—and has now opened the nine-room Palazzo Margherita (64 Corso Umberto, Bernalda; 39-0835/549-060; doubles from $430), where his daughter, Sofia, was married last August. The interior of the 19th-century estate was dreamed up with the help of French interior designer Jacques Grange, whose clients have ranged from Yves Saint Laurent to New York’s Mark Hotel. Rooms feature restored frescoes, claw-foot tubs, and Juliet balconies overlooking a courtyard garden. In the brick-vaulted kitchen, guests learn to cook regional dishes such as spaghetti with bread crumbs and anchovies. There’s also a screening room with a library of 300 classic Italian films—all selected by Coppola himself.