Category Archives: Writing

In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Teatro Alibert

Casanova mentions the Teatro Aliberti (also known as the Teatro Alibert and later as the Teatro delle Dame) only very briefly, not at all giving it its due as the powerhouse it was in Rome. You’ll remember C’s trials with … Continue reading

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“A” Is for Amore

I was going to come up with my own snappy title for this post, but Dianne Hales already has the best title! This is her new book, a joyful read you can dip into whenever you need an infusion of … Continue reading

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A Giant Among Books

You all know that I’m a big fan of Venice (obviously!), but I’m also a big fan of Laura Morelli and her books set in Venice. Her newest book has just come out, and, though it’s set in Florence (gasp!), … Continue reading

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La Morte di Casanova

Today being June 4, the date of Casanova’s death, it seemed like the perfect time to post this. Apparently there is some controversy about Casanova’s death, that he didn’t actually die on June 4, 1798. I reached out to Pablo … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Giustina Rossi

Why have I waited so long to post this video? Giustina Rossi is a Venetian hero and the story from farthest in the past from my collection of Beautiful Women in Venice. I cajoled a stranger on a busy day … Continue reading

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Sharing: Barbara Lynn-Davis Interview

Tune in tomorrow (May 29) to hear a live interview with Barbara Lynn-Davis on Instagram. My life has intersected with Barbara’s in a number of ways–shared research, her contribution to First Spritz Is Free, and her participation on the author … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #8

This one is interesting because the postal rubber stamp is different. Most of the postcards I’ve shared here have a round rubber stamp, often from Venezia Ferrovia. But this one is Palazzo Grassi. Too bad part of it is missing! … Continue reading

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Recreations: Sarra Copia Sulam

Hasn’t Karen captured Sarra Copia Sulam’s look so perfectly? That wistful smile is lovely. Thanks, Karen, for adding to the gallery! I hope this will inspire more people to send me their photos to recreate these beautiful women. Sarra Copia … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Testaccio

Continuing my series of places Casanova visited in Rome…. You’ve already heard how Casanova was embroiled in the Barbaruccia affair. He met the Pope and consorted with various priests and cardinals. He learned French, which served him all his life. … Continue reading

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Recreations: Lucrezia Marinella

Karen has recreated this image of Lucrezia Marinella, the genre-defying author from the 1500s. I don’t know how the women back then created those little horns with their hair, and I don’t blame Karen for not trying to mimic that … Continue reading

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