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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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Redefining Beauty: Morosina Morosini Grimani

In 1597 Morosina Morosini Grimani hosted a coronation party unusual for its time. Her husband Marino Grimani had been chosen as Doge of Venice two years earlier and had had his own inauguration festival. But the unusual thing was her … 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–An Inn on Via del Corso

Casanova sojourned in Rome on three different occasions: in the 1740s, 1760-61, and 1770-71. I’ve mostly told you the tales of his first stay in Rome, and now I will pivot to his return in 1760. We know of these … 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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Casanova’s Last Love?

Well, technically that’s probably not true. But this film, Casanova, Last Love, capitalizes on C’s encounter with La Charpillon, the woman who spurned him and played on his emotions to the point that he considered throwing himself into the Thames. … 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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