Canova Tadolini Atelier in Rome

The Museum-Atelier Canova-Tadolini is a cross between a museum/atelier and a café on the street connecting the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo in Rome. Part of the café is used as a restaurant.

Canova Tadolini Atelier Rome

Useful information

The address of the atelier is Via del Babuino, 150 (tel. +39 06 32110702). Metro: Spagna, Flaminio (line A). The café is open every day from 8 a.m. to midnight. The restaurant is open from noon to 11 p.m. every day. (Note that prices and times may be subject to change.)

History and description

Canova Tadolini Atelier Rome
Canova Tadolini Atelier

The cafe is the former studio of neo-classical sculptor Antonio Canova and his favorite pupil Adamo Tadolini. Canova had bought the workshop in 1818, mainly to give Tadolini the opportunity to further develop his art.

One of Tadolini’s tasks was that of making copies of the most famous works of the master himself.

From 1818 to 1967, the studio was owned by four successive generations of Tadolini, all sculptors.

The place is decorated with plaster models of not only Canova’s most famous works, but also designs of body parts.

Since the workshop doubles as a cafe, there are tables between the various pieces.

The ugly neighbor

The street where the studio is located is named after the statue adorning the fountain to the left of the entrance. The irreverent nickname “baboon” was to give the street the name Via del Babuino.

Canova Tadolini Atelier Rome


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