In addition to the historical center of Rome, its extraordinary palaces, its monuments, its churches, its squares, there are other places, other areas, other buildings in Rome that are definitely worth to be discovered and known, because of their great and extraordinary beauty.
Everywhere you look, Rome offers architectural beauty, but there is one particular area where the scenery becomes surreal and quirky traits. It is the Coppedè district, the district of the fairies: 26 buildings and 17 villas incorporated in Trieste neighborhood.
Designed by the architect and Florentine sculptor Gino Coppedè, the district has been defined by many as a fairy experiment, a link between enchantment and wonder. An oasis with an imaginative, unusual, original but very elegant style inside of the cityscape.
This extravagant roman corner, made between 1915 and 1927, was designed by Coppedè like a real village, which, however, remained unfinished after the mysterious suicide of its creator.
Coppedè appears today as a mix of styles, where Renaissance symbolism, sacred shrines, neogothic chandeliers, baroque coats of arms, the Roman triumphal arches, liberty sparks, Gothic towers and so on, coexist perfectly.
The entrance to the neighborhood is on Via Dora, where you are greeted by the arc adorned with gargoyles, youths and frescoes with medieval knights, all illuminated by a wrought iron chandelier. The first sight are the Palaces of the ambassadors, even here, a riot of arms, mosaics and mythological characters.
During your walk you can see the winged Nike, surrounded by eagles and Madonnella, but definitely the heart of Coppedè is Piazza Mincio with the Fountain of frogs, so called because of the presence of these animals.
There are still Palazzo del Ragno which owes its name to the mosaic in black and white and three buildings that pay homage to Florence, Rome and Venice through symbols and characters that refer to the three Italian cities, the famous “Villini fairy.” You can see Dante and Petrarch beside the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, the Capitoline Wolf, symbol of Rome, painted with Romulus and Remus on a balcony, near the Lion of St. Mark, fronting a sailing ship, Venetian emblems.
The materials that characterize the area’s buildings are terracotta, travertine, marble, glass, iron, wood and clay tiles.
In the heart of the district there is the tree of life, along with towers, courtyards and balconies that make the fascinating and mysterious environment at the same time, so much so that here Dario Argento (the most famous italian horror director) has given life to his horror film “Hell” and “Bird with the crystal plumage”. But in this district were shot many other scenes of “The perfume of the lady in black “by Francesco Barilli, “Last tango in Zagarolo” by Nando Cicero and “Bold stroke of unknown” by Nanni Loy with Vittorio Gassman.
If you want to live an unforgettable experience and if you want to visit roman secret places, the right place to go is Rome and most of all Coppedè district. Come here and admire the decorations of the palaces and the details of their facades which always reveal some pleasant surprises and fun.
In short, a perfect place to dive to oxygenate a bit ‘from the Roman chaos!
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