Category Archives: A Beautiful Woman in Venice

Posts that relate to my book, A Beautiful Woman in Venice.

Redefining Beauty: Giustiniana Wynne

I’m here to set the record straight about Giustiniana Wynne. Previously, I wrote and spoke about her affair with Casanova, in which I relate a pretty funny and maybe even bawdy story about their assignation in a garret. But after … Continue reading

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Appassionata!

Taken by passion: Appassionata! This is the theme that flows through Dianne Hales’ new book La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World. In her Introduction, one of Dianne’s Roman friends says, “There is a passion that you take to bed, … Continue reading

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Culture Salon

My publisher, Giovanni DiStefano at Supernova Edizioni in Venice, attended the Salone della Cultura in Milan,¬†this past weekend, January 19-20, 2019. And guess what–those are my books on his table, for everyone to see! Here’s a view of the hall, … Continue reading

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The Notorious SCS

America is fortunate to be living with the Notorious RBG (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) in our times. But Venice in the early seventeenth century was lucky to have the Notorious SCS. Sarra Copia Sulum. Her friend and mentor … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Luisella Romeo

Luisella Romeo’s reputation preceded her. I had heard so much about her knowledge and passion for Venice before I got to meet her last summer. I was also delighted to have her contribute to First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of … Continue reading

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A Cassone to Hope For

A cassone is a large chest, often used for a women’s trousseau and sometimes called a wedding chest. They were a prized possession and status symbol for many families and were often displayed in the bedroom. These beautiful specimens here … Continue reading

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Why Should Someone Read …

…my books? You can find out the answer to this and other questions in an interview recently posted by the Italian American Press, an online resource listing dozens of books about Italian American topics. They include fiction, history, biography, memoir, … Continue reading

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