Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sofia Coppola Dream Palazzo in Basilicata





Sofia Coppola is a visually stylish film director. Undoubtedly, her self-confessed predilection for ├Žsthetically pleasing fashion, photography and art has largely contributed to the appealing form of her work. Indeed, one cannot overlook the self-conscious beauty of her films: sensuality becomes an all-important part of the viewing process and Coppola purposefully forces her viewers to feel and not merely passively watch her work.
 Poised to put Southern Italy’s little-known region of Basilicata on the map for fashionable travelers, film director-hotelier Francis Ford Coppola has just debuted his glamorous new Palazzo Margherita in the tiny hill town of Bernalda, his ancestral home. The Palazzo, originally built in 1892 and totally restored and redecorated by Coppola, working with star French decorator Jacques Grange,has nine lavish rooms and vast suites, most with terraces and balconies, enormous bathrooms, beautiful tiled floors, and stunning frescoed walls and ceilings. Each accommodation is different, however, with styles ranging from Modernist to Tunisian; all come with Apple TV, Blu-ray players, and complimentary minibars. Set around a lush inner courtyard and gardens, the Palazzo has all sorts of dreamy spots to unwind in as well as the best swimming pool in town. Complimentary bicycles are available for exploring Bernalda and surroundings, which include white-sand beaches and the mountains of nearby Pollino National Park. Two golf courses are also in the area, as well as the World Heritage Site of Matera, known for its ancient cave dwellings. Back at the Palazzo, guests can book private sessions with yoga and Pilates teachers, take cooking classes, or check out Coppola’s personally curated library of some 300 modern and classic Italian feature films and documentaries. Here the acclaimed director talks to Vogue’Richard Alleman about his latest production.
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Palazzo Margherita, Corso Umberto 64, 75012 Bernalda (MT), Italy;palazzomargherita.com; rates: from $530 to $1860, double.