Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Ponte Bernardo

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.


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2 Responses to Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Ponte Bernardo

  1. Nancy Schwalen says:

    One wonders, sometimes, how he managed to survive all his escapades.

    • It’s true! And the world was full of so many dangers then–highway robbers, poisonous foods, plague, terrible doctors armed with mercury “cures”–And Casanova traveled everywhere, too.

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