In the center of Rome, there is a charming building around nearly every cobblestoned corner.
The palazzi sit so sure of themselves, and even the old tenement buildings take on a weathered look of antiquity to my new world eyes.
Rome has no shortage of architectural wonders, but one of my favorites is the most unexpected – Quartiere Coppedè.
“Quartiere” simply means neighborhood, and the Coppedè area is distinct from all others in the city.
Located outside of the center, Coppedè sits near Viale Regina Margherita alongside the upscale Parioli in the Trieste neighborhood.
Lovers of Art Nouveau will find Rome’s best examples in this small neighborhood. But there is also a dash of Greek influence, some Baroque touches, a bit of Gothic inspiration and a few throwbacks to Medieval design.
While the large scale buildings are gorgeous, the area is also filled with whimsical details such as this fountain of frogs.
All in all, there are about 40 structures in the Coppedè neighborhood, all designed by architect Gino Coppedè between 1913 and his death in 1927.
The fontana delle rane (fountain of the frogs) is at the center of the tiny quartiere in Piazza Mincio.
The entire nieghbhood lies between Piazza Buenos Aires and Via Tagliamento – so it is quite easy to reach by either tram 3 or tram 19, both of which have stops at Piazza Buenos Aires.
You will know you have arrived when you spot the outdoor hanging chandelier, another detail dreamed up by Coppedè himself.
With such a mishmash of design, it can be hard to know where to focus first, but take your time because exploring the architecture is the whole point.
There are no cafes or restaurants to speak of – Quartiere Coppedè is simply for exploring. Start at the main piazza and then branch out slowly, taking in all of the details.
Like many of Rome’s lovely unexpected corners, visiting Coppedè does require a small trip outside of the center. However, the quick trip is worth it for a look at such a unique neighborhood in a city famous for its structures.
Rome, Italy (Trieste)