Category Archives: Writing

Redefining Beauty: Giustina Renier Michiel

How does one go about translating Shakespeare into other languages? His language is so particular to its time and place, and he coined so many new phrases and has such an immense vocabulary. Yet Giustina Renier Michiel was arguably the … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Roger Feuerman

“Signorina Kathleen, It is I, Casanova, from here in the 18thcentury. And not First Spritz Is Free contributor Roger Feuerman. He claims he is too exhausted from laboring to finish his Venetian young adult fiction novel and penning a new … Continue reading

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Dear Venice, Wish You Were Here #4

“Many desirable lots unsold.” –Ed Harris Was Harris a real estate agent? A lackey of Robert Kernodle who had some cash to buy property in Venice? Again, what is the date? So difficult to determine in these old postcards. But … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Villa Borghese

The Villa Borghese is one of Rome’s treasures. It’s roughly 198 acres of gardens and contains a number of buildings, art venues, statues, water features, and walking paths. The Spanish Steps lead up to it at one end, and another … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–The House of M. Poletti

You may remember in Walk #2 that I told you about the yellow house next door, here on the Piazza di Spagna, where Casanova took his French lessons in 1744. But he lived here, in #32, when he returned to … Continue reading

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Casanova and Me Too

I wanted to share with you all the wonderful post by Michelle Lovric on the History Girls blog about her experiences at the Casanova in Place Symposium. While summarizing her experience and commentary, she makes some interesting connections between Casanova and the … Continue reading

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Dear Venice, Wish You Were Here #3

One of my students, who was here for the year from Germany, tried to help me translate and decipher this postcard, but some of the handwriting is beyond us.   This group wrote the postcard on a Monday, that is … Continue reading

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