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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome #2

Last time I took you to Rome, we visited the Spanish Embassy, where Casanova had an apartment for a short time. If he were to walk out the front door of the embassy, he could cross the piazza to building … Continue reading

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Appassionata!

Taken by passion: Appassionata! This is the theme that flows through Dianne Hales’ new book La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World. In her Introduction, one of Dianne’s Roman friends says, “There is a passion that you take to bed, … Continue reading

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Another Kind of Truth

What if the stories Casanova wrote in his memoirs were all fabrications? How do we know when he is telling the truth? Or now much of each story is the truth? A new essay has got me thinking about these … Continue reading

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Buon Compleanno, Giacomo!

April 2, 1725, Giacomo Casanova was born, first child to his parents Zanetta Farussi and Gaetano Casanova. Numerous books and films have been produced about his life, including the new episode of Paese Che Vai from Rai TV in Italy … Continue reading

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Casanova, Ambassador Yesterday and Today

Albert Gardin is promoting this event to celebrate Venice’s illustrious native son. If you’re in Venice on April 2, please attend and then tell me how it went! I wish I could be there but will have to toast Giacomo … Continue reading

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Casanova in My Mailbox

It’s not every day that Casanova shows up in my mailbox. But that’s where I found him today! My copy of the new journal Casanoviana arrived in a large white envelope. It replaces the former l’Intermediaire des Casanovistes (and before … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome #1

Last summer I had the great good fortune to be led around Rome by my friend, Casanovist Adriano Contini. Today’s post is the first in a series showing you places in Rome that Adriano took me to, places connected to … Continue reading

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