While shadowing painter Kelly Medford on a painting adventure in Rome in December we decided we needed a café to warm up. Kelly suggested one just a few streets away.
Caffè Canova Tadolini
Via del Babuino 150A
Before I could even ogle the pastry I was taken aback by the statures and pieces of sculpture. They were EVERYWHERE, on the walls, as free standing statures on the floor, suspended from the ceilings.
The other patrons did not seem to notice! But I suppose they had visited the café before.
Kelly and I ordered beverages and a dolce.
My warm pear tart was superb. Kelly was more modest and had something that did not call out to me. Of course the cappuccino was good and had it’s own signature froth design. And the flat ware was gold!
The bar area was small so we drank quickly to give room to the next wave of patrons…. I may never come to appreciate drinking coffee quickly. I enjoy sitting and sipping for 15 min or more, but that is not the WAY in Italia. The warm and dark interior was a perfect backdrop for row upon row of sculpture and carvings.
Sculptor Antonio Canova’s workshop, in what was the artists’ quarter of the Tridente back in the 19th century, is now a popular place for a cocktail and a bite to eat. ” the magnificent sculptures have remained, allowing you to enjoy your drink and admire the artwork at the same time”
Sculptor Antonio Canova’s workshop, in what was the artists’ quarter of the Tridente back in the 19th century, is now a popular place for a cocktail and a bite to eat.