Coppedè, an unmissable “hidden gem” in Rome

A magic place: if you close your eyes, it’s easy to imagine a world in miniature full of fairies and little folks. Even in a city that is the symbol of history and magnificence. This is the great secret of Coppedè, the neighborhood of Rome which hosts beautiful and peculiar buildings conceived by the architect Luigi “Gino” Coppedè in the 20s. A brave project, an unique mix of styles: liberty, neo-gothic, baroque and modernism.

Strategically located between Trieste and the Parioli districts, you can reach the heart of Coppedè passing through a really odd arch which hides a wrought-iron chandelier. This is the way to Piazza Mincio, the symbol of this amazing oasis of art, elegance and eccentricity. It seems to be covered by mystery: the Fontana delle Rane (Fountain of the frogs) is on the central part of a roundabout and was meant as a homage to Bernini’s works.

Walking on these streets is like being in a movie: every building has a story to tell through their frescos, details and different kinds of decorations. You can go and take a break from reality. Beyond the Coppedè neighborhood there are the Colosseum, the Fontana di Trevi and the Spanish Steps, which everybody knows. But this is another, awesome story, that is worth discovering and experiencing.

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10 cool (and unusual) things to do in Rome

“All Roads lead to Rome” is a really famous proverb. And sooner or later, you will need to visit the Eternal City: one of the most loved and admired city in the world. Once, twice, or maybe more: sometimes even Romans admit that they still have something to discover of their own city. If you stay in Rome for more than three days, or if you didn’t have the opportunity to see everything you wanted the first time you were there, here you find ten cool things to do off the beaten track. So you can really say: I know Rome.

  • Explore Passetto di Borgo, a small street which connects Castel Sant’Angelo to the Vatican: it’s a pedestrian area with lots of bars and nice restaurants.

  • Have a walk at the Ancient Appian Way, by foot or by bike, to breath history and authenticity.

  • Go around the magic neighborhood of Trastevere, losing yourself in its alleys. Then have a coffee at Bar Calisto, one of the most famous in the city.

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  • Have an Italian “aperitivo” in one of the bars between via della Pace and via Anima, close to the great Piazza Navona.
  • Visit the Musei Capitolini, to learn something more about the history of Rome.

  • Have a break at the Parco degli Acquedotti (Park of the Aqueducts), surrounded by nature and beautiful views.

  • Taste the traditional dishes of the Roman cuisine, like “spaghetti cacio e pepe” or “coda alla vaccinara”, in one of the typical tavern of Testaccio neighborhood.

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  • Try the “grattachecca”, the slush of Rome: for example the one made by “Sora Maria” in via Trionfale.

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  • Visit the archeological site of Ostia Antica and then go to Ostia beach.

  • Go across the Ponte della Musica (“Bridge of Music”) after a walk along the riverside.

Emotions and memories: that’s what Rome will leave you for sure.

Bomarzo, the Park of Monsters

This is a captivating horror story.

Once upon a time a beautiful wood, full of trees and plants, was turned into a scary and mysterious place. Monsters, dragons and strange fountains emerged from the ground and the legend says that they had the power to make people disappear…

The Park of Monsters Bomarzo Treasu

Don’t worry, that’s not true. This is what our imagination created about the Park of Monsters, also known as Villa of Marvels or Sacred Wood, a place that really exists. It is located in the village of Bomarzo, in the province of Viterbo. It’s at about one hour by car from Rome, but it seems to be a world apart.

It was the 1552 and the Prince Vinicio Orsini, together with the architect Pirro Ligorio, decided to animate this wood with bizzarre sculptures: monsters, exotic animals, mythological figures, a funerary temple, fountains and obelisks. The Park of Monsters remained in oblivion until 1954 when Giovanni Bettini bought it and everything came back to life again.

Park of Monsters TreasureRome

The Sacred Wood is a kind of labyrinth which almost envelops its visitors. It is a unique place, where fear and beauty go hand in hand. Now there are a total of 24 strange sculptures to be admired, including the stunning “Hanging House”.

It is not so big, but it’s a nice surprise because different from any other park you may know. There is a strange atmosphere and it is super interesting for both adults and kids. You only have to let your fantasy go wild!

The park of Monsters is open every day of the year and it is definitely worth a visit. Details on tickets and opening times can be checked at the Sacro Bosco website.

3 itinerari alternativi alla ricerca dell’essenza di Roma

Fontana di Trevi, il Colosseo, Piazza di Spagna. Luoghi unici al mondo. Il Gianicolo, il Pincio e lo Zodiaco: terrazze meravigliose che si affacciano sulla città. Storie, aneddoti e ricordi rendono questi angoli di Roma ancora più speciali. Ma ci sono anche altri itinerari che possono far innamorare della Città Eterna. Percorsi insoliti che attraversano quartieri, piazze e strade custodi della ‘romanità’ più autentica e per questo da sperimentare.

CINECITTA

Il nome di questo quartiere suggerisce già la sua attrazione principale: i famosi Studios, in cui sono stati girati circa tremila film sia nazionali che internazionali, la “Fabbrica dei sogni” tutta italiana che oggi è possibile visitare grazie al progetto “Cinecittà si mostra”.  Non è però l’unico luogo che si può visitare recandosi in questa zona fuori dal cuore della Città Eterna. Poco distante si trova infatti il suggestivo Parco degli Acquedotti, ideale per passeggiare, rilassarsi e godere della sua bellezza senza tempo.

Photo credit: @find_the_world_and_beauty

EUR

Un quartiere particolare, moderno, che ospita la Nuvola di Fuksas e il Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, anche chiamato “Colosseo Quadrato”, oggi quartier generale di Fendi. Ma l’EUR è conosciuto anche per il parco divertimenti che ha accompagnato generazioni di ragazzi e che ha da poco riaperto sotto nuove vesti- il Luneur-, per il Palazzo dei Congressi- dove si svolgono diverse fiere ed eventi-e per il suo laghetto che, circondato dal verde, è una meta piacevole da riscoprire in primavera. Come non ricordare poi i locali- bar, discoteche e ristoranti- che animano la movida romana?

Colosseo Quadrato (Photo credit: @david_conti1)

PIGNETO

Gli amanti del cinema d’autore sicuramente conosceranno il Pigneto per le scene del film “Accattone” di Pier Paolo Pasolini.  Il “Bar Necci” e la street art continuano a ricordare il grande regista, che qui aveva trovato un luogo d’ispirazione, ma il quartiere oggi è anche di più: è considerato tra i più “cool” d’Europa. Merito della sua anima vivace, dei locali in cui si può ascoltare musica dal vivo e gustare la cucina tradizionale romana, ma anche di quell’aria trendy e artistica che si fonde con quella Roma più autentica, vecchia e genuina. L’area pedonale è il centro della movida di sera e del mercato di giorno: cultura, tradizione, modernità e storia racchiuse in un’unica borgata.

Street art (Photo credit:@lia_in_corea)

Discovering the ancient Rome’s seaport: Ostia

Nice beaches, a famous archaeological site and a lot of restaurants and bars overlooking the sea. If you are wondering where to go to the beach when in Rome, here you find the answer: Ostia is a large neighborhood which used to be the ancient port of the Eternal City. It is approximately 30 kilometres to the northeast, on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Ostia seaside (redits: @allofme_m)

Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner, so Ostia becomes a great place to discover. Not only can you organize a visit to the stunning archeological area of Ostia Antica, but you can also spend a day sunbathing and having fun.

Ostia Antica archaeological site

Locals use to hang out here, because Ostia is really close to the city: there is the regional Rome-Lido railway line which connects it to the centre of Rome.

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There are many nice establisments in the so-called “Lido di Ostia”, where you can eat fresh fish or simply have something to drink while enjoying a very beautiful view. During the Summer they attract a lot of people, because they turn into the heart of the Roman nightlife.

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Don’t miss the opportunity to appreciate Rome from a different point of view during your holiday: the one that makes it the perfect place to visit even in the hot summertime!