Quattro Minuti con Casanova–Palazzo Soranzo

Ready for another part of the story? You heard about Senator Bragadin and saw his palazzo where Casanova had his own apartment and a gondolier at his beck and call. But where did Casanova first meet the senator? If you read the title of this post, you probably guessed right. Spend another (approximately) four minutes enjoying story time in Venice!



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2 Responses to Quattro Minuti con Casanova–Palazzo Soranzo

  1. Nancy Schwalen says:

    For what reasons were canals filled in? Obviously it gives more room to walk but did you find any other reasons?

  2. Good questions! Filling in canals occurred mostly after the fall of the Venetian Republic, once France and then Austria took over the city. At this point in Venice’s history, many of the patrician families had squandered or otherwise lost their fortunes and no longer had private gondoliers rowing them to their palaces. Napoleon wanted to make the city more democratic by making it more walkable for the average person. Also, Napoleon ordered many churches and convents demolished. Things changed drastically after 1797! I have a cool map from 1729 that shows the city before many of these changes.

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