A couple months ago I had a special request from a Quattro Minuti viewer–Did I know the story of Casanova’s encounter with Razzetta? Did I have a video for this site?
At that time I did not, but I kept the request in mind and filmed the latest video last month when I was in Venice. In fact, the apartment I was using was right around the corner from this site: Ponte Bernardo. It’s in the San Polo district, and happens to be right by the well-known restaurant Da Fiore.
Casanova’s is a rather complicated story that includes escaping from a fortress, a boat ride, lots of liquor, a lantern-bearer, a broken nose, and some cudgeling.
Sorry for my rather ghoulish face in the video–it was a little late in the day, low light, so it’s a kind of dim and green. Hope the storytelling makes up for it!
As always, if you want the more detailed story, you can read it in my book Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps, or of course you can read Casanova’s own words in his memoirs, History of My Life.