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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–The Church of Trinità dei Monti

“At seventeen or eighteen years of age, Mariuccia was tall, had a very good carriage, and seemed carved by the chisel of Praxiteles. She was fair, but her fairness was not that of a blonde, which with its unrelieved brilliance … Continue reading

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Seductive Venice from the Boot!

Carla Gambescia hosts a fabulous blog called Postcards from the Boot where she shares her love of Italy. Today she’s featuring a number of my photos, as well as her own, that highlight our sense of Venice’s seductive talents. Oh, … 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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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Momolo’s House, Via Gregoriana 36

In Vol. 12 of History of My Life, Casanova tells us that he is visited by Mariuccia, whom he had met at the house of the Abate Momolo back in 1760, which story is recounted in Vol. 7. It is … Continue reading

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Two Views of the Plague

This past week I traveled back in time with Luisella Romeo and Iris Loredana via their offerings about Venice’s long history with plagues and epidemics. Believe it or not, it was a tasty trip! Luisella, an excellent guide to Venice, … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #13

Alright, I need LOTS of help with this one! All I feel confident in reporting is that it went to Brussels, Belgium, to a Monsieur Marcel. What is the date? What is the message? Who sent it? And isn’t is … 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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Venice Rising Has a New Look!

Check out the lovely new website by Michelle Miller to promote the book her mother, Rosemary Wilmot, and I created. You can also learn more about the charities that Venice Rising supports: There’s also a new Facebook page where you … 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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