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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

Fran├žois-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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Announcing the Second Edition!

Need a little armchair travel? Want to peek into Casanova’s adventurous life? I’ve reorganized and clarified some material to create a second edition of Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps, available now from Amazon (print on demand). That means that you … Continue reading

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To Honor Jan Morris

Jan Morris, indefatigable traveler and Venetophile, passed away this weekend on Nov. 20, aged 94. (Thank you, Bert, for letting me know.)   Morris was a great journalist, traveler, and writer. In this article, The Guardian provides a lovely tribute … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–House of Raphael Mengs, Via Vittoria 54

Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779), though born in the Kingdom of Bohemia, resided much of his life in Rome. At the point where Casanova visited him in Rome, Mengs lived at Via Vittoria 54, not far from the Spanish Steps. J. … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #11

“We crossed this wonderful bridge yesterday going from the Doges Palace to the prison – we visited some of the dark dungeons of the prisons. Venice is so interesting – We spent over an hour this afternoon on the Grand … Continue reading

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Proud Owner of a Casanova

“Casanova,” besides referring to any random womanizer, generally refers to Giacomo Casanova, the adventurer and writer. Some art lovers and historians know about his brother Francesco, a painter known best for his battle scenes. But they also had another brother: … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–The Libraries

Though Casanova is most often known as a great lover, he was a serious scholar, writer, and mathematician. In his History of My Life, he mentions his desire to study in Rome; Casanova specifically names the Collegio Romano, the Minerva, … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Teatro Aliberti

Initially, Casanova mentions the Teatro Aliberti (also known as the Teatro Alibert and later as the Teatro delle Dame) only very briefly, not at all giving it its due as the powerhouse it was in Rome. You’ll remember C’s trials … Continue reading

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La Morte di Casanova

Today being June 4, the date of Casanova’s death, it seemed like the perfect time to post this. Apparently there is some controversy about Casanova’s death, that he didn’t actually die on June 4, 1798. I reached out to Pablo … Continue reading

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