Coppedè, The Fantasy District in Rome

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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.

Are you an Art Nouveau fan? Book this tour and take a stroll in the beautiful park of Villa Torlonia on a 3-hour private tour of Rome, and discover the villa built for the Torlonia family by artists as an eclectic experiment. Then, explore the Art Nouveau Coppedè district, off the usual tourist path.

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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2 Comments

  • We came upon Coppede almost by accident and now suggest any of our friends visiting Rome to check it out. Certainly a very different part of Rome and it gets people away from the old centre and more into contemporary Roman life. Thanks for the article.

  • I was lucky enough to grow up minutes away from this area and I was always very fond of it: the fontana delle rane and villino delle fate have always been magical for me as a kid and this is one of the areas I still now drag visitors to see – it always makes an impression and if you add a stroll to Piazza Caprera and Villa Paganini, then I feel you really treat them to something special! Any time I hear people saying ‘you don’t need more than 3 days to see Rome’ I feel oh I wish I could show what Rome can be like, if you look into its hidden neighborhoods!

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