The Coppede Quarter is a small urban area of Rome named after Florentine architect who designed it. The site is usually overlooked by the tourists but it’s worth exploring due to its rich and unique architecture inspired by Imperial Rome, ancient Greece, Byzantine buildings and Roman palaces.
Located within the Trieste district the Coppede Quarter is a small architecturally meaningful area consisting of 19 villas and 27 buildings. Although it’s not actually a quarter, the term was used by Coppede himself and has remained in use ever since. The quarter consists of forty five different buildings from three to six stories with mosaic-tilled archways, intricate brickwork, turrets and towers.
Gino Coppede designed the quarter inspired by the different styles that were modern in the beginning of the 1900s and worked on it from 1913 until his death in 1927. After his death his son-in- low Paolo Emilio Andre continued the original project. Along with Art-Nouveau, Mannerist and Baroque styles Coppede also was insipid by Assyrian-Babylonian architecture. Coppede’s style is consistent, recognizable and truly unique and can’t be compared to any other existing architectural style.
Gino Coppede was born in Florence in 1866 and began his career as a boy sculpting decorating pieces of furniture. Later he attended the Professional School of Industrial and Decorative Arts and became a member of the city’s Academy of Fine Arts.
Piazza Mincio is located at the centre of the Coppede Quarter. The entrance to the area is marked by an impressive arch decorated with a wrought iron chandelier. There you will find a collection of dozen buildings designed by Coppede. The square is also located not far from Borghese Museum.