Fountain of the Frogs Rome (Piazza Mincio)

The Fountain of the Frogs (Fontana delle Rane) is located in the Piazza Mincio in the Coppedé quarter of Rome. It is designed by Gino Coppedé, who was responsible for the entire whimsical quartiere.

Fountain of the Frogs Rome

Fountain of the Frogs Rome
Fountain of the Frogs

The Fountain of the Frogs was constructed in 1924 and is thus one of Rome’s more recently built fountains. The architect is the man who designed the entire quarter, Gino Coppedé, who meant the fountain to be a sort of homage to Bernini‘s fountains.

The fountain consists of a low, circular basin, with four couples of frogs holding shells. In the center of the fountain a higher basin can be seen with eight more frogs.

The most stunning aspect of the fountain is its location. It stands on the central part of a small roundabout, which is surrounded by a number of fairy-tale like buildings.

Piazza Mincio – Rome

Coppedé Rome

The Coppedé neighborhood in Rome is not an official district, but only a (very) small part of the quartiere Trieste. It is however so markedly different from the rest of the area that one may well speak of a separate quarter, which was also the intention of the architect, Gino Coppedé. Highlights are the Fountain of the Frogs and the Villino delle Fate.

Coppedé Rome

Fountain of the Frogs
The fountain of the Frogs stands in the central square of the Coppedé district.

Coppedé is really not more than some 40 buildings in the streets that center on the Piazza Mincio, the main square of the district. This square in itself is also really not more than a roundabout with a fountain, the Fountain of the Frogs, in the middle.

It is best to enter the area through the Via Tagliamento, a narrow street with an arch connecting the houses on each side. Below the arch hangs a large and rather impressive wrought iron lamp.

The buildings Coppedé designed seem to have been taken directly from a fairytale and are therefore often used in movies. A.o. the Italian director Dario Argento has used the buildings in some of his films. It also works the other way around: The entrance of the palazzo at Piazza Mincio n.2 is itself a perfect reproduction of a hallway in the movie Cabiria (1914).

Villino delle Fate

The Villino delle Fate (Piazza Mincio, 3) is one of the most striking buildings of the quarter.  The architect built it between 1920 and 1927. It really consists of three buildings built back to back and surrounded by a small garden. The floor at the Piazza Mincio entrance is a round mosaic of three female musicians in Roman attire playing the lyre, the guitar and singing. The three fairies symbolize the three buildings themselves. The Villino delle Fate is completely a-symmetrical, with arches and friezes made of various types of material, including marble, terracotta, brick and glass.

Coppedé – Rome

Trieste District Rome (Quartiere XVII)

Rome‘s 17th quartiere is called Trieste and is located more or less between the Via Nomentana, the Via Salaria and the Villa Ada park north east of the center of the Eternal City. Its main tourist attractions are the fairy-tale neighborhood of Coppedé and the Catacomb of Priscilla.

Trieste District Rome (Quartiere XVII)

Greek Chapel
Greek Chapel in the Catacoms of Priscilla

Excavations have shown that this part of Rome was already inhabited in prehistorical times, especially on the so-called Sedia del Diavolo and the Monte delle Gioie.

The Sabines settled on the Monte Antenna, a hill in the middle of the Villa Ada. Some ruins of their settlements can still be seen.

The area was of great importance in the time of the Roman Empire, partly through the presence of many catacombs (a.o. Priscilla’s Catacomb) and partly through the Via Salaria, which connected (and still connects) Rome to the Porto d’Ascoli on the other coast of Italy.

After the unification of Italy the Monte Antenna became an important hill in the defense of the western part of Rome. There was a huge munition depot.

As a quartiere Trieste has existed since 1926, though it was still called Savoia at the time. In those days it was characterized by prestigious residences, especially in that part of Trieste the architect Gino Coppedé called the Quartiere Coppedé, even though it is not officially a district.

In the 1930’s huge condominiums were constructed and after the war and the birth of the Italian Republic the quarter’s name was changed from Savoia tot Trieste.

Sant’Agnese Catacombs Rome

The Catacombs of Sant’Agnese are part of a bigger structure including the Basilica of Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura (“Sant’Agnese outside the Walls”) and the Mausoleo di Costanza, which was built around the year 350.

Sant’Agnese Catacombs Rome

Address, opening hours and admission

The address of the Catacombe di Sant’Agnese is Via Nomentana, 349 Rome (tel. +39 0686205456). Bus: 60, 60L, 82, 90, 168, 310 544, N2L, N4, N13.  Opening hours: From 09.00 to 12.00 (except on Sundays and public holidays); from 15.00 to 17.00 from the last Sunday in October till the last Sunday in March; from 16.00 to 18.00 from the last Sunday in march till the last Sunday in October. Admission: 8 Euros. Children aged 7-15: 5 Euros.

History and description

Catacombs of Sant'Agnese in Rome
Catacomb

The mausoleum was intended to receive the bodies of Costantia and Helen, two daughters of Constantine.

There is a vast area underneath and around the basilica that houses the hallways of a catacomb. This catacomb, which was by chance discovered in 1865, already existed before Sant’Agnese was buried there, as can be testified by several inscriptions along the walls and on the tombs.

It consists of three levels which are divided into four areas. The oldest one of these areas is on the left hand side of the basilica. The fourth area is under the atrium of the church. There are no frescoes in the Catacombs of Sant’Agnese.

Via Nomentana, 349 – Rome