Monthly Archives: January 2017

Redefining Beauty: Elena Cornaro Piscopia

Remarkable women have been thwarted throughout the centuries. One story that never fails to break my heart is the story of Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in the world to earn a university degree. Watch this video to learn … Continue reading

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Dancing the Casanova Dance

  Scantily-clad ballet dancers? Okay! Casanova’s life has been depicted as numerous films, TV dramas, graphic novels, fiction, and cartoons. The latest–a ballet. Check out the website here:¬†Casanova by Northern Ballet There’s a trailer, behind the scenes video, some stills … Continue reading

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New Book About Our Man C!

Laurence Bergreen’s new book about Casanova is finally available! It’s titled Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius¬†(just a little reminiscent of my own title, Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps.) I got my copy a couple days ago and have … Continue reading

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Venice Wins a Medal!

What is it?? That’s what I was wondering when I received this gift from my generous friend Marco. He sent it as a birthday gift all the way from the Netherlands. It’s heavy, it’s abstract, it’s about Venice….but really, what … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Ramo de le Case Nove

What is the story behind Casanova’s last name? “Casanova” means “new house,” and today’s blog post is about the street of the new houses, which is just a coincidence. Will this video give you any answers about etymology? Probably not, … Continue reading

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The Next Event

I’ll be making a presentation about my book A Beautiful Woman in Venice, on Sunday, January 29, 4:30, at the Museo ItaloAmericano. It’s at Fort Mason center in SF. I hope you’ll come join me, and also tell your friends! … Continue reading

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No Strings Attached

Don’t your hands just itch to bring these marionettes to life? Ca’ Goldoni is full of treasures. The museum was at one time the home of Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni. Exhibits depict scenes from some of his plays and hit … Continue reading

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