Here’s four more minutes of fun! This episode of Quattro Minuti con Casanova tells the story of what happened at the Alle Spade (now called the Cantina Do Spade), a restaurant and former inn where Casanova spent a night during the Carnevale season.
I recently had an interesting email conversation with Laurence Bergreen, biographer of many books about historical figures, such as Marco Polo and Columbus. He’s currently working on a book about Casanova, and we were discussing how to take this event from Casanova’s life. Do we judge it by modern standards or take into account the supposed relaxed mores of Carnevale season? Do we believe the story as told by Casanova himself, who may not be a reliable narrator in this case?
As these questions hint, this is not a simple tale–though it has entertained readers for centuries! View the video, read Walk #1 in Seductive Venice, or read Casanova’s own memoirs and make up your mind for yourself.