Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Palazzo Contarini

Palazzo Contarini delle Figure

One of my favorite Casanova stories involves a hairdresser. And threats of murder. And vanity, of course.

Hear the full story in this episode of Quattro Minuti con Casanova. It’s a bit shorter than four minutes because the vaporetto showed up while I was filming! I had to rush through the ending a bit. If you want the full story, it’s in my book Seductive Venice, or of course it’s in Volume 1 of Casanova’s memoirs, where you can hear the story in his own words.


Next time you’re gliding down the Grand Canal, look for the Palazzo Contarini delle Figure, almost across from Ca’ Foscari at the bend in the canal between the Accademia and Rialto Bridges. Cast your mind back in time, and into one of the bedrooms, where Casanova had his hair carefully cut, curled, pomaded, and powdered. He once said, “my hair was so elegantly curled that it really did deserve excommunication.”

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