Have you ever taken a ride in the Coppedè district in Rome?
Today I want to take you on a tour of the Capital to discover this area suspended between dream and mystery. The Coppedè district takes its name from the architect who designed it. Gino Coppedè has left his architectural sign on a total of eighteen buildings and twenty-seven private buildings in Rome, in the Trieste district.
His style was so strong that today, in fact, the entire urban area is referred to as “Coppedè district”. Certainly this is only one of the countless wonders of Rome, but its particularity is in an original and unprecedented touch.
In the 1920s, after arguments with the technical offices and regulatory plans of the capital, the Florentine Coppedè designed a series of buildings that mixed several architectural styles, often with distant stylistic codes.
The one of Gino Coppedè has been called “neo-eclecticism” with both medieval and Renaissance contaminations. When you walk into the neighborhood, especially from the entrance of via Tagliamento, you have the feeling of entering a fantastic world, inhabited by multiform creatures inspired by reality. The facade of via Tagliamento already announces the whole mood of the entire neighborhood.
During the day it is a symbol of bourgeois Rome, at night it becomes esoteric, opening its spaces to mysterious stories. It seems that the Beatles, after having performed at Piper (the disco not far from the neighborhood) in 1965, have dived into the Fontana delle Rane, the eclectic fountain located in the center of Piazza Mincio.
On the facade of the Palazzo del Ragno, my favorite building among those in the district, stands the inscription “artis praecepta recentis – maiorum exempla ostendo”, in English “I represent the precepts of modern art through the example of the ancients”, which can be considered the emblematic phrase of the architect Coppedè.
An esoteric place, therefore, chosen as the location for the shooting of some of Dario Argento’s movies masterpieces. This feeling of living in an arcane never leaves you as you walk up your nose in the area between Via Tagliamento, Via Arno, Via Adige and Corso Trieste.
The Villino delle Fate is perhaps the most varied architectural experiment of the whole district. Here the medieval towers and the Baroque inserts are combined with Liberty and Decò elements. The painted facades are a tribute to three Italian cities: Rome, Florence and Venice.
The dreamer of the end of the century, so it was renamed Coppedè, unfortunately did not manage to complete all his projects for the district. He died when he was only 50 years after complications occurred after an operation.
I recommend a walk in the Coppedè district at sunset, to experience the transition from light to dim darkness and fully experience this fairytale and mysterious aspect of one of the lesser known pearls of Rome.