Category Archives: Casanova

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

New Views of Casanova

Casanova always wanted to be the center of things–the one people noticed in the room, the one to catch a woman’s eye, the one befriended by the wealthy and well-connected. Many past writers have instead relegated Casanova to the margins, … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Church of San Silvestro

François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis crossed paths with Giacomo Casanova a number of times. They first met in Paris in 1752, then sort of by accident in Venice in 1753 when de Bernis was assigned there as the French Ambassador … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–The Church of Trinità dei Monti

“At seventeen or eighteen years of age, Mariuccia was tall, had a very good carriage, and seemed carved by the chisel of Praxiteles. She was fair, but her fairness was not that of a blonde, which with its unrelieved brilliance … Continue reading

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Indie Go Go!

If you live in California, like to read and have a library card, today is your lucky day! Two of my books are now available on Biblioboard, a California library service for independent authors. Click here for First Spritz Is … Continue reading

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Seductive Venice from the Boot!

Carla Gambescia hosts a fabulous blog called Postcards from the Boot where she shares her love of Italy. Today she’s featuring a number of my photos, as well as her own, that highlight our sense of Venice’s seductive talents. Oh, … Continue reading

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Announcing the Second Edition!

Need a little armchair travel? Want to peek into Casanova’s adventurous life? I’ve reorganized and clarified some material to create a second edition of Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps, available now from Amazon (print on demand). That means that you … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Momolo’s House, Via Gregoriana 36

In Vol. 12 of History of My Life, Casanova tells us that he is visited by Mariuccia, whom he had met at the house of the Abate Momolo back in 1760, which story is recounted in Vol. 7. It is … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–House of Raphael Mengs, Via Vittoria 54

Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779), though born in the Kingdom of Bohemia, resided much of his life in Rome. At the point where Casanova visited him in Rome, Mengs lived at Via Vittoria 54, not far from the Spanish Steps. J. … Continue reading

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Proud Owner of a Casanova

“Casanova,” besides referring to any random womanizer, generally refers to Giacomo Casanova, the adventurer and writer. Some art lovers and historians know about his brother Francesco, a painter known best for his battle scenes. But they also had another brother: … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Customs Office

Rome’s ancient customs office or Dogana di Terra was in a building designed by Carlo Fontana in 1696, which incorporated the pillars from a temple honoring Emperor Hadrian built in 144. It was renovated and simplified in 1879-1882 and again … Continue reading

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