The art of Italian coffee bars: Caffè Canova-Tadolini, Rome

There is so much I love about Italy and Italian culture, I could’t even begin to describe. Especially when it comes to culinary trends and traditions – I am very drawn to their attitude towards food and drinking.

Not only, well yes, mainly, because the produce is often of high quality and the dishes are so amazingly tasty, also because of the way it plays an invaluable role in everyday life and how it is often paired with (unplanned) social gatherings and silly habits.

Whether starting the day in a caffè with the best coffee imaginable, paired with a sweet cornetto, enjoying a traditionally cooked dinner with the whole family, or having small snacks and bites during aperitivo, food just is culture. Culture, tradition, social matter, and style. When a serious dash of style is added to the mix, I get overly excited.

A place where all of these things often come together in a brilliant way, is the Italian coffee bar, or caffè.  I’m sharing with you some of my favourite coffee bars around Italy – where you can enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee and sweet treats, in an environment packed with history and style.

Starting in the capital, maybe the most spectacular example of a stylish coffee bar is Caffè Canova-Tadolini at Via del Babuino 150 (between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo). It used to be the studio of two consecutive sculptors in the 19th century (Antonio Canova and his student Adamo Tadolini) and is still filled to the brim with models of sculptures and tools of the masters. It makes for a truly unique coffee experience. The neat outfits of the baristi, the beautiful black marble bar, and the black-and white cups paired with golden spoons form an artwork in its own right. Next to the bar area, there is also a restaurant where you can enjoy your meal while being watched over by mythological and biblical figures. This place is an absolute must-see when you are visiting Rome!

Next week I’m taking you a bit further afield to share my secret spot for the best breakfast in Rome.




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