Category Archives: Italian heritage

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 Andrea Perego

This month you’ll meet another person fascinated with both Venice and Casanova. Andrea Perego is a Berlin-based Italo-Australian journalist and writer.┬áHe lived in Sydney where he worked as a broadcaster journalist for SBS Radio, and in Venice, where he earned … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Teatro Sant’Angelo

I haven’t posted a Quattro Minuti episode in a while, so here’s a new one to start your new year! The last two posts featured other theaters that Casanova was connected to: Teatro Goldoni and Teatro Benedetto. In today’s video, … Continue reading

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Last Minute Shopping?

For that person who has everything…or so you think! I bet they don’t have this: A Casanova candle! It’s described as a “timeless treasure.” Until it melts! Happy holidays and happy shopping to all those Casanova aficionados out there. But … Continue reading

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Marco Polo Firsts

Marco Polo, that indefatigable and well-traveled Venetian, is often credited with bringing a number of things from China to Europe. But Laurence Bergreen’s book, Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, dispels some of the misconceptions, and his thorough research uncovered … Continue reading

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Crawling Through Venice

The words “cicchetti crawl” might conjure up images of creepy, spiny things inching their way across the ocean floor. Or they might make you think of yummy snacks under the glass case of a Venetian bar! I was the fortunate … Continue reading

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The Barcarolle Is Not Dead

Strolling past the Church of Sant’Angelo Raffaele last summer, I heard a quiet voice and plinking guitar accompanied by the gentle push of an oar against water. Boys in a boat singing a barcarolle! How sweet is that? A barcarolle … Continue reading

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