Palazzo Margherita, a restored 19th century Italian villa, is the latest addition to Francis Ford Coppola's collection of resorts. Located in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy, in the charming town of Bernalda (the birthplace of Francis's grandfather), the authentic palazzo has been completely renovated in partnership with acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange.
First built in 1892, the block-long palazzo embodies Italian elegance. The interior is styled with tiled floors and hand-painted fresco ceilings with a taste of Moroccan and Baroque flair. The luxurious boutique hotel has seven large suites and two garden rooms. Each is a work of art and features a palatial bathroom, which faces the charming gardens and a secluded swimming pool. The entire Coppola family collaborated with Grange in contributing personal details to individual rooms, creating an intimate atmosphere of a private home.
"I never initially dreamed of opening a resort in Italy, let alone in the town of my grandfather Agostino Coppola. Yet when I purchased and designed the now Palazzo Margherita for friends and family to call home in Italy, I knew I needed to extend the property and surrounding village of 'Bernalda bella' to my guest as well."
~~~Francis Ford Coppola
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