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Salario - Trieste
In central Rome, just a stone’s throw from the old city centre, we find one of the most characteristic of the city’s quartieri or boroughs.
Built early last century, the Salario district is today a beautiful residential area, perfect for a pleasant walk.
Its core is the wonderfully green park of Villa Ada, a popular spot for joggers , dotted with ponds and small lakes. The villa itself, once the private residence of King Vittorio Emanuele III, today houses the Egyptian Embassy. In the summer, the park is the venue for open-air concerts of the “Rome meets the World” Music Festival.
Moving towards north-eastwards, in the Trieste district, take a look on the corner between Via Tagliamento and Via Dora at the curious arch joining the two buildings: go under and enter the district of Coppedè.
You are sure to be immediately taken aback by the amazing assortment of 17 villas and 26 buildings adorned with Tuscan turrets, liberty sculptures, Moorish arches, gothic gargoyles, frescoed facades and palm tree-laden gardens. You have in fact just entered a world designed by Florentine Architect Gino Coppedè between 1913 and 1926. Its heart indisputably lies in Piazza Mincio with its splendid Fontana delle Rane (Fountain of Frogs).