Staying at Francis' place, you find that every detail has been looked at with a director's eye--nothing is out of place, yet there's still a kind of nonchalance that can only be created with a lot of vision and planning.
So when I read about his latest undertaking--restoring a 19th century palazzo in his Grandfather's hometown of Bernalda, I couldn't help but dreaming up ways I could convince Mr. H that Southern Italy needed to rise to the top of our adventure list. I'm still working on it, but until then let's visit together, shall we?
Coppola describes Bernaldo as "real Italy" a "Fairy tale place." It's a working town, not on the tourist trail.
The Palazzo Margherita opened to guests last week, but like most of his properties, it started as a family retreat. Sofia Coppola married Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars in a garden ceremony last summer.
WSJFamily members were invited to weigh in on the deigns of their own bedrooms as star French designer Jacques Grange took on the renovation of the historic palazzo-- the result is a melange of styles and influences from Tunisian and Modernist to the "summer palace chic" of Sofia's bedroom.
Add a lush interior courtyard, garden and pool, daily cooking classes, Iberian sea beaches close by and mountains to hike just an hour away, it sounds like just the spot to please all kinds of adventurers. I'm hoping the hiking will be a selling point to Mr. H, but you'll probably find me sipping a Campari and soda with lime by the pool!
A girl can dream, can't she?