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ABWIV: Maria Boscola

My last post discussed the water that appears to be cleaner in Venice’s canals and lagoons, particularly affected by the lack of boats that usually stir up the sediment. This got me thinking about Venetian boats, which led me to … Continue reading

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I Teatri di Venezia

Some people actually like tests. Do you? If so, you should visit the Ca’ Golden museum in Venice. It has a room dedicated to Venice’s rich and important theater legacy. But the best part is the large map where you … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Villa Medici

The latest in my series of Casanova sites in Rome, which I visited with Adriano Contini in 2018. We saw some 18th century paintings of the Quirinale and Monte Cavallo, where Casanova first met Pope Benedict XIV. After the Pope’s … Continue reading

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Sharing: The Oldest Map of Venice

Fellow Venice lover (and poet) Rita Bottoms shared this news item. Researcher Dr. Sandra Toffolo discovered the oldest-known map of Venice, dating to between 1345-1350. The drawing comes from a travel journal of Niccolò da Poggibonsi. But here’s an important … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Calle del Carbon

In the last few weeks we’ve seen so many images of Venice’s streets submerged under far too much water. As a small antidote, here is a video from a couple summers ago when I visited one of the streets where … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Monte Cavallo

I’ve mostly told you about Casanova’s troubles due to Barbaruccia’s love affair. But that’s certainly not the only thing Casanova did in Rome in 1744-45. In fact, he met the Pope! He tells us that he went to Monte Cavallo, … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #5

Okay, more mysteries here! The postcard shows a huge nighttime festival on the Grand Canel, with numerous boats and lighted platforms. It reads “The Floating Fiesta on the Canal Grande,” but is this the Regata Storica? Festa della Salute? Redentore? … Continue reading

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