If the Rome celebrated by D'Annunzi
o is the best known and renowned for its most famous and iconic monuments: the Colosseum, the Imperial Forums, St. Peter's Square, the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla, at the turn of the late nineteenth and the first decades of the twentieth century, the Art Nouveau district of the capital
was designed by a group of architects among which the figure of Gino Coppedè
will emerge. It is a novelty, a provocation with a classic taste, the Art Nouveau district of Rome in the Nomentano district
, although remodeled in the following years, retains the rebellious soul of the designers which is still visible through the eclectic decorative apparatus, the stylistic features linked to the mythology, esotericism, symbolism, mystery but also irony and provocation to continue living a dream even in adulthood.
The Gino Coppedè neighborhood, the work of the architect of the same name, enjoys a central core and a series of buildings that radially depart from Piazza Mincio. Between Piazza Buenos Aires and via Tagliamento, the neighborhood has 26 buildings and 17 villas, all built between 1916 and 1927. Designed for a middle class, it soon became an elegant neighborhood. On the facades of the buildings you can read the Greek influences in the friezes, Assyrian-Babylonian in the masks, medieval in the turreted façades and in the dreamlike scenarios of monstrous or fantastic shapes, up to the more complex references of art nouveau (or liberty) in the references to Floreal patterns. An extravagant explosion of shapes, geometers and colors from the fantastic and allegorical world. On Piazza Mincio, the Fontana delle Rane is a real milestone for the Beatles fans, who after a concert at the Piper disco took a bath in clothes. The Villino delle Fate, immersed in an exotic garden, is a fairytale house for the anthropomorphic figures of cherubs and garlands, falconers with their hawks, nuns and monks, as well as mythological and zodiacal animals. For the surreal and disturbing dimension of some glimpses, this neighborhood was set of more than one film, including those of the horror director Dario Argento who shot Inferno and The Bird with Crystal Feathers.