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Traditionally, Canova's clientele was right-wing and at daggers drawn with the left-wing rabble at Rosati across the square, though there has been little evidence of this recently. The place was undergoing a massive refit as this guide went to press, so it remains to be seen whether it can redeem itself after its most recent, characterless manifestation. That said, outside tables catch the late afternoon sun, and light lunches served in the garden out back are good and not too expensive - unlike the menu turistico fare served on the square.

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Canova details

Piazza del Popolo 16

Area Rome

Transport Metro Flaminio/bus 95, 117, 119, 491.

Telephone 06 361 2231

Open 7.30am-midnight Mon-Fri; 8am-midnight Sat, Sun.

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Comments & ratings 5/5 (Average of 2 ratings)

By John Jones - Oct 3 2011

If you like sitting, drinking and watching... and watching... and watching, then the front of Canova is one of Rome's best places to be.

(If you don't like sitting and watching, preferring to run around all the time in a sweat trying to do things, I'm afraid you probably won't enjoy Rome, the greatest people-watching city on earth but also often a hot and crowded place where nothing happens on time, very much at all.)

Canova isn't cheap but the nibbles are good, the drinks spot-on and the staff in our experience polite and professional. An early-evening spent here is pretty much a must-do part of any visit to Rome if you just want to sit as the city goes by.