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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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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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