The garden of Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, in the province of Matera, is like a necklace’s precious centerpiece. Its holm oaks, maritime pines, palm trees and cycas frame pathways, a fountain, and a well built with brick and Apulia’s calcareous rock.
Trees were a great passion of Giuseppe Margherita, who in 1925 conceived and designed this park – one of the most beautiful and best-preserved urban gardens in Italy.
The Italian-American director Francis Ford Coppola – who bought the property in 2004 – evidently shares the same passion: “As I get older”, he commented, “I am starting to appreciate certain things, such as trees; when I was young I was only interested in cars, planes and girls; now I am interested in trees, cars, planes, and girls…”.
The world-famous director has always been attached to the village in Basilicata from which his grandfather, Agostino Coppola, emigrated to the United States in the beginning of the last century. He renovated the 20th-century building with the help of French designer Jacques Grange, turning it into a five-star hotel.
Since the start, Coppola promised the whole project would be “carried out with absolute respect for the territory’s nature and tradition”.
And indeed the garden – which he found in a state of desolate abandonment – proves he kept his promise, creating a gorgeous resort.
A lush victory of the passion for beauty.