Category Archives: Casanova

Research and other tidbits on Giacomo Casanova’s life and adventures in La Serenissima.

Sorpresa e Gratitudine

As many of you may know, Michelle Lovric has written numerous books set in Venice, including Carnevale and The Floating Book. She is also part of a wonderful blog with contributions from a number of women writers and historians (see … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with JoAnn Locktov

Here is the third installment of the new interview series, “Venice, My Muse.” Today we’ll hear from JoAnn Locktov, editor of the Dream of Venice series. JoAnn established Bella Figura Publications in 2014, as an imprint dedicated to publishing books … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Santa Maria degli Angeli

Barbara Lynn-Davis’ book Casanova’s Secret Wife reminded me that I have a video to share with you–a Quattro Minuti episode I filmed at the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, attached to what used to be the convent of the … Continue reading

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The Devil Had Him by the Hair

Who did the devil have by the hair? And what did he have planned? Check out this post on Dianne Hales’ blog site Becoming Italian Word by Word. Dianne is the author of La Bella Lingua and Mona Lisa: A … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Vonda Wells

I met Vonda Wells when she ordered a copy of my book Free Gondola Ride. She was then formulating her tour company, A Beautiful Woman in Venice, and gave me the idea to write a book about these remarkable Venetian … Continue reading

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Meeting Albert

Do you remember seeing this before? In February 2017 I wrote about this plaque on the Calle Scaleter #2235, outside the shop of Monica Daniele. When he visited Venice, Casanovist Marco Leeflang investigated and met Monica, a maker of hats … Continue reading

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A Title in Question

“First Female Gondolier in Venice” Who holds that title? Why is this question important (or not?) What does it signify? Why are we asking? The question became pertinent again this summer when RadioLab aired its story “The Gondolier” about Alex … Continue reading

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