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Venice Streets Explained

Why is it that when you go to Rome or Florence, you stroll down a via or a strada, but in Venice you rarely see these words? Instead, you see things like calle, (which makes you think you’re in Spain … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Luisa Bergallii Gozzi

Women’s History Month is almost over, and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell you about a little-known remarkable Venetian woman. Labeled a shrew, when really she was the one supporting a crumbling noble family, Luisa Bergalli Gozzi … Continue reading

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Casanova Location Gets Recognized

A friend recently sent me this photo. I knew about this general location, where Casanova aided Bragadin after the party, but I didn’t know that someone had found the precise┬ásite of the former caffe. Or did they? Is this sign … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Campo Manin

La Cavamacchia was a well-known courtesan in Casanova’s time. Hear part of her story here, on this episode of Quattro Minuti con Casanova, as I stand before the house of Signor Piai in Campo Manin. Between Casanova and La Cavamacchia … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi

I managed to get up early enough one morning in Venice in order to avoid the crowds and make an uninterrupted video in Campiello Cignogna, just off the Calle Larga XXII Marzo. Behind me is┬áthe building that housed Isabella Teotochi … Continue reading

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Ghetto Etymology

Dr. John Peter Maher, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, recently shared with me his research into the origins, or etymology, of the term “ghetto.” Since I’ve been sharing information about Venice’s Ghetto here, I thought … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: The Casino

Americans think of a casino as a place to go gambling. During Casanova’s 18th century, a casino was a small casa, the sort of pleasure apartment that they brought their friends or lover to. Wealthy nobles often had casini where … Continue reading

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