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.

Exploring the Castelli Romani: three awesome towns you should visit

There are a lot of things to do and see in Rome, as we already know. But if you stay more than three or four days, you can consider visiting the area of the Castelli Romani (Roman Castles in English). They are beautiful towns located in the south-east of Rome’s countryside: not so frequented by tourists, they are definitely worth a visit. There you can discover the essence of Roman traditions and gastronomic culture. In particular, we suggest these three little gems.

Castelgandolfo

It’s a relaxing place, overlooking Lake Albano. It’s well known because it used to be the holiday residence of Popes and cardinals. The lakefront is stunning and there are also some nice restaurants and pubs. The Church of San Tommaso da Villanova, the main church of the town, was created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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Ariccia

It’s famous among Romans for its “fraschette”, the typical local restaurants where you can taste the “porchetta”, ham, salami or homemade pasta with local red wine. But Ariccia is also known as an artistic town, thanks to its “Piazza di Corte” (which was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Carlo Fontana) and its bridge, which is massive (and sadly used for suicides).

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Frascati

It’s maybe the most beautiful town of the Castelli Romani. It’s full of bars and restaurants and has a lot to offer for the nightlife. Morover, you can have a stroll trough its amazing small streets and a coffee in the central square: you will discover a really fascinating place.

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If you like discovering new places, you just can’t miss the Castelli Romani!

All you need is love: the 5 best romantic places in Rome

This is not a secret: Rome is a really romantic city. But are you sure you know all the places where you can spend some nice time with your partner? No, we are not talking about Spanish Steps or Trevi Fountain, but about 5 “hidden gems” you must know.

Don’t panic and check our list: your love will be stronger than ever!

  • Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere

Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the most beautiful churches in town. The square is as stunning as the church and it treasures a magic atmosphere during the night. Just go there and whisper: “I love you”.

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Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere

  • Piazza Di Pietra

In front of the Temple of Hadrian, during the night, you can find a very particular light. It is often not so crowdy and for this reason it is the perfect place to canoodle a little bit.

Piazza di Pietra (Photo credit: yara.mnrv- Instagram)

Piazza di Pietra (Photo credit: yara.mnrv- Instagram)

  • Giardino degli Aranci- Garden of Oranges

A small park in the Aventine Hill which offers a wonderful view of monuments and roof tops of the Eternal City. We bet someone proposed here.

Giardino degli aranci

Giardino degli aranci

  • Lungotevere

Along the River Tiber you can enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the city. Moreover, during Summertime, it becomes full of bars, restaurants and events. We think it keeps its romantic side-you can also have a drink while flirting.

Lungotevere (Photo credit: applegrauso-Instagram)

Lungotevere (Photo credit: applegrauso-Instagram)

  • Parco degli Acquedotti

Flowers, trees, ancient remains and good air. A walk into history and nature.That’s impossible to have a fight here. Only love, love and love again.

Parco degli acquedotti

If you don’t have a partner, you have two possibilities: you can find him/her before coming to Rome or…in Rome!