Palazzo Margherita Hideaway

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Without a doubt Francis Ford Coppola is my favorite director. He’s not only made some of the best films ever (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Rumble Fish) but, by way of mentorship, he has also indirectly helped to bring about such game changers as Star Wars, THX 1138 and American Graffiti. A long, long time ago Francis Ford Coppola took under his wing a young filmmaker named George Lucas who went on to change the filmmaking universe forever.

But filmmaking aside the other reason that I really admire FFC is that he’s a great family man with a soft spot for nostalgia and tradition.

Coppola’s family is film royalty and fully immersed in all aspects of art and culture.

His father, Carmine Coppola, was a flautist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and a music composer who contributed original music to The GodfatherThe Godfather Part II,The Godfather Part III, and Apocalypse Now.

His sister Talia Shire is best known for playing Adrian in Rocky.

Then there are his kids, nieces and nephews. His daughter Sofia is an Oscar winning director who has brought to screen films such as The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation.

His son Roman, also a filmmaker, was recently Oscar nominated for co-penning the screenplay for Moonrise Kingdom.

His nephews are actors Nicolas Cage and Jason Schwartzman. It goes on and on.

You can actually check out this impressive Coppola family tree here.

As a family man of culture, Coppola is passionate about good food, good drink and great company to enjoy this with. He has made a fortune from his Napa Valley wine empire and uses some of his money to finance his ongoing film endeavours.

He’s also a great admirer of places that lend themselves to the fostering of creativity. This is why he has established a number of intimate and reclusive resorts in some of the most serene or quaint places on the planet including The Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize, The Turtle Inn, in Placencia, Belize, La Lancha in Lago Petén Itzá, Guatemala, JardinEscondido in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Palazzo Margherita in Italy.

The Palazzo Margherita is especially impressive.

Located in Bernalda, a small hilltop town near the Ionian Sea in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy, the area is famous for its ancient cave dwellings, historic houses and unspoiled villages.

Relatively unknown to tourists, it is an area where the food and wine have maintained its authenticity. And it boasts that old small town Italian charm that seeps timelessness and tradition and leaves you totally recharged and inspired.

Palazzo Margherita offers such amenities as private yoga or pilates teachers, in-room massage, a gratis in-room bar, bicycles and bike tours and a vast digital movie collection specializing in Italian Cinema.

Of course it also comes with a hefty European price tag. But if you’re planning on one day cashing in those ‘unforgettable vacation’ savings to finally book that dream destination, well this place might just qualify.

Here’s a short video interview by filmmaker Alison Chernick with Francis Ford Coppola about how he came to acquire Palazzo Margherita.

Francis Ford Coppola: Pater Familias

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