Category Archives: Writing

Questioning Casanova

Someone recently asked me, “What would you say to Casanova if you met him today?” I’ll reveal my response later, in the interview where I was asked this question. But in the meantime, I really want to know what YOU … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Venezia

Casanova often relied on the connections he made with others to pave his way in a new city. This is abundantly true both times he visited Rome. When he returned to the city in 1770, he explains that “Signor Dandolo, … Continue reading

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The Connection between Casanova’s Lover and a New Bar in Venice

Today I was strolling down the Fondamenta della Misericordia in Venice (it’s so much busier than the last time I was here! And I don’t just mean that the tourists have returned, but that you can’t walk ten feet down … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Decarolis

Palazzo Decarolis, also known as De Carolis, became the Roman home to Joachim de Bernis. Casanova had first met him when he was the ambassador from France, but when he was promoted to the position of Cardinal, he set up … Continue reading

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Announcing: Storia Editoriale di una Vita

This has been a great year for new books on Giacomo Casanova! Storia Editoriale di una Vita: Bibliografia delle edizioni dell’Histoire de ma vie di Giacomo Casanova. 1822-2019, chronicles the publishing history of Casanova’s History of My Life. Gianluca Simeoni … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Hotel Londra

Charles (Carlo) Roland (d. 1785) makes his appearance in Casanova’s memoirs a few times as the owner of various inns that Casanova stayed in or visited. Originally from Avignon, he came to Rome and opened the Hotel Londra on the … Continue reading

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What Did Casanova Know About the Pox?

You can find out the answer to this and many other questions in Lisetta Lovett’s new book Casanova’s Guide to Medicine. Lovett notes that Casanova’s interest in medicine and cataloguing of his and others’ illnesses offer a fairly broad glimpse … Continue reading

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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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Vampires Are Forever

Dark alleys, spooky corners, moldering palaces, lonely footsteps at night. Venice has many ingredients for a good vampire story. Forever Young by Barbara Stanzl and Brett Fitzpatrick brings you a blend of modern Venice and historic backstory with plenty of … Continue reading

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