Coppedè, The Fantasy District in Rome

Quartiere Coppede Rome

Witness a hidden world of whimsical and strange beauty in the smallest district in Rome, Coppedè.

Forget the secret garden, this is the secret neighbourhood of Rome. Tucked behind the main streets of Quartiere Trieste between piazza Buenos Aires and via Tagliamento, is the bizarre and elaborate district of Coppedè. I was shown this magical place by my Roman man, obscured from the view of daily passers-by I was unaware it existed. Ok, so Rome is full of stunningly majestic monuments anyway. But this architecture is a wholly ‘other’ and wonderfully odd thing.

Coppedè, brainchild of architect Gino Coppedè (built 1913-1927), is a jumble of historic styles such as Art Nouveau, medieval, Baroque and ancient Greek all whipped together in a dramatic frenzy. Nature is the principal inspiration; daring and eccentric curved lines seek freedom from tradition, coexisting with modern sensuous ironwork. Coppedè is Rome’s answer to the Gaudì structures of Barcelona.

Quartiere Coppedè:

between Piazza Buenos Aries and Via Tagliamento

Getting There:

Take trams 3 or 19 to Piazza Buenos Aires.

Enter under a big arch on Via Tagliamento (in front of Piper Club) on the corner with Via Dora.

 

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The dramatic arched entranceway on Via Tagliamento to the unique and fantastical district of Coppedè

 

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A hanging iron chandelier of floral twisted tendrils and seahorse motifs beckons the eye into a hidden world (photo Luca Semplicini)

 

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Moss studded frogs spurting water from the decorative fountain Fontana delle Rane (Fountain of the Frogs) lead you to the main Piazza Mincio (photo Luca Semplicini)
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Frescoed facades with scenes of the mythological and medieval are paired with Nouveau painted patterns (photo Luca Semplicini)

 

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Sloped overhanging roofs shade viewing balconies of a castle-like burnt orange palazzo dressed with leafy green boughs (photo Luca Semplicini)

Quartiere Coppede Rome

 

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Sharon has a fluid life which is always led by her passion. With the job titles of singer and art organisation founder under her belt her love of Italian brought her to study in Rome. After the student bus packed up and went on its merry way, she learned what it was really like to have a life in Rome. She got a job as a singing femme fatale at a vintage club in Rome, found love with an equally passionate Roman, performed around Italy with a jazz and reggae group and gave talks in a romantic literature museum. Her experiences seeing behind the scenes of music, nightlife and culture in Rome led her discover a whole other side to the city, showing the true Rome grit and all. Rome’s constant battle between its ancient significance and thriving modern culture interested her greatly. She set up a website for secret underground spots in Rome and wrote for a number of established websites before joining Romeing.

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