Things that come to mind when you think about Rome are probably the imperial buildings, the Colosseum, Trevi fountain and other famous landmarks, but here is one of my favorite spots of hidden Rome: Quartiere Coppedè.
I challenge you to find a lot of guide books that write about this place. Quartiere means neighborhood, even if this is not a proper one.
Projected by the architect Gino Coppedè between 1913 and 1927, this complex is formed by 18 palazzi (buildings) plus a number of other palazzine that surround the focal point of the zone, which is a small square called Piazza Mincio. It has a fountain called Fontana delle Rane (fountain of the frogs).
It’s not possible to find a unique architecture style because it’s a mix of the tendencies of that period. In fact it’s possible to find elements of liberty style, art nouveau and baroque and even some medieval characteristics. Coppedè’s target was without any doubt to recreate a unique atmosphere that gives the visitor feelings of joy, chaos and fear. No matter how many times you see the zone, every time you’ll find something new, a small particular detail that you didn’t see the previous time.
It is not a coincidence that the father of Italian horror cinema Dario Argento decided to set some of his movies here for its particular mixture of styles.
Getting there: Tram lines 3 and 19 stop at Piazza Buenos Aires and enter the area through its main entrance represented by a big Arch on Via Tagliamento.