Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The "Quartiere Coppedè"

This jewel hidden in the roads of Rome was created around 1915 by the archtetct and decorator Gino Coppedè, but it was completed only after his death on 1927.
The idea was that of organizing an inhabited block into a refined residential area. Coppedè turned this anonymous zone into a spectacular explosion of turrets, mosaics, paintings and other architetonic delicacies, mergin the flavours of Ancient Rome with the baroque and decorative sprints of the modern era-- The result is what the locals like to refer as a tiny "fairyland"-- But let's start our tour!

The "block" is easily placed a few steps after Piazza Buenos Aires, on Via Tagliamento.
Once there you'll be immediately greeted by the entrance to the block, the Arco:
(sorry for the camion on your left guys, but I have no power on Roman's traffic and parkings XD)
















Once inside we have a view on Piazza Mincio with its Fontana delle Rane and the buildings there.



The Fontana delle Rane was build in 1924 and it's decorated, as its name says, by a group of frogs that find their places on top of it, or over the giant shells held by a group of guys all busy spraying water. The style is an imitation of baroque, and the bees and shells decorating the fountain (but that can be found everywhere on the buildings) are a tribute to the sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.


--It was fun to see that occasional tourists dropped their coins here too-- This is not Fontana di Trevi, guys XD !

Now let's take a good look at the buildings facing the square!
First we have the Palazzo degli Ambasciatori. The design of the arc is based on the scenography of the movie Cabiria, and shows a strong taste for art decò.
It's said that the popular tenore Beniamino Gigli lived here.












The other big one is the Palazzo del Ragno, called like this because of the huge bronze spider that decorates its entrance. This building has an "exotic" vibe because of its decorations, mimicking the art of the ancient populations of the Middle East.







But "the top" is probably rappresented by the building complex known as Villini delle Fate.
In an explosion of decoration and manierism these little houses are decorated with whatever came to the artist's inspiration: views of Florence and Venice, Dante, zodiacal signs, a Meridian, the she-wolf of Rome and--Oh, just look at them!






















Unfortunately not all the buildings are approachable or visible enough to take pictures-- Those worth a special mention are here:
This one is the seat of a Scientific Lyceum... Lucky bastards, thinking that my Lyceum was placed in a dismissed hospital >_>;

And this is the Embassy of Morocco:

Very little people know about this place, but it's nice to see that "the locals", despite dealing with random people taking pictures *cough*, are really tolerant about it.
Another fun trivia is that Quartiere Coppedè stars in some disturbing movies: Inferno and L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo by Dario Argento and it's shown in the starting sequence of The Omen by Richard Donnel, so it's somehow perceived as "scary" by some people.

On a random note, when I was taking pictures I noticed a "Rental" announcement for an appartment in Palazzo degli Ambasciatori... I wonder how much for it x'D ?
I'd be curious to take some pictures of the interiors --If there's one living there who's reading this article: my friend, what about to have me over for a cup of espresso coffee ;D ?

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