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Venetian Lives Event Was a Success!

Yesterday Graziella Giusto and her husband Agostino welcomed me and our friends to their new atelier to discuss and celebrate my books. Tucked away in a side street in Cannaregio, the beautiful space they have created is perfect for such … Continue reading

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The Newest Casanova Biography

A couple weeks ago my newsfeed blew up with articles about the newest biography on Casanova: Adventurer: The Life and Times of Giacomo Casanova. This review by the Guardian calls C a “career criminal” and particularly focuses on incest, pedophilia, … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Madama / The Bargello

This entry relates to the episode when Casanova met Betty and Sir B.M. on his way to Rome. See previous entries about Palazzo Decarolis for more of the story. “The Bargello in Rome is a person who can do a … Continue reading

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Another Casanova Conference!

Make your plans now to be in Chieti-Pescara to attend an International Conference on Casanova, September 22-23, 2022. The full title is “Levantine Sociabilities in Europe in Giacomo Casanova’s Time: Spies, Imposters, Courtesans, and Men of Culture.” See the link … Continue reading

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Biribissi: A Slice of Venetian Gaming History

A few years ago, when visiting Ca’ Goldoni, I was enjoying their exhibit on Venetian games. Casanova wrote about gaming often, but generally these are games I’ve never heard of or played. Ca’ Goldoni, not far from Campo San Polo, … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–St. Peter’s Basilica

Not surprisingly, Casanova visited St. Peter’s Basilica, Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano in Italian, one of the world’s largest churches, and the center of Catholicism. Most likely he attended mass there multiple times, and it’s known that he … Continue reading

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The Search for Hope

“A lockdown with imposed restrictions. For some this is a paralyzing situation, for others it is being given space to create. In the last thirteen years of his life, Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) also found himself in restrictive circumstances: the money … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Villa Albani-Torlonia

To the east of the Tiber, outside the old city walls, past the Villa Borghese, lies the Villa Albani-Torlonia, known in Casanova’s era as simply the Villa Albani. Cardinal Alessandro Albani had it built, beginning in 1747, by architect Carlo … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Frascara

When Casanova returned to Rome in 1760, he found his brother Giovanni living there and studying under the painter Rafael Mengs. Giovanni took him to visit old friends from his first trip to Rome, and introduced him to new people … Continue reading

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Google Earth Flies Again!

If you enjoyed the Google Earth flight over Venice that took you to Casanova sites, you’ll be thrilled to learn that I have another Google Earth flight to share with you. Shawn Von Ins created another trip through Venice’s streets–and … Continue reading

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