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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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A Complicated Relationship with Venice

Like the relationship between many lovers, Casanova’s association with his birth city was complicated. In his theatricality, in his pleasures, in his secret ways, Casanova was a genuine Venetian. Yet the close-knit community, where gossip traveled swiftly and eyes peered … Continue reading

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Casanova’s Secret Wife

No, that’s not my clever title for a blog post. It’s the title of a new book out by Barbara Lynn-Davis about Caterina Capreta (sometimes Capretta), one of Casanova’s great loves. I had  the great pleasure of zooming through this … Continue reading

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Borrowed and Borrower?

My friend Adriano, a Casanovist in Rome, recently discovered an interesting connection between Casanova and Honore de Balzac, the French novelist. Apparently, Balzac mined Casanova’s Memoirs for stories to include in his own novels. He also borrowed some of Casanova’s … Continue reading

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Cavana

What is a cavana, you may ask? I know you’ve been pondering this one for a while. That word keeps popping up, and you have to keep asking yourself, what is it? It’s at the tip of your brain…. Well, your … Continue reading

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