Tag Archives: Italian history

Quattro Minuti con Casanova: The Ridotto

It’s been a while since I shared a Quattro Minuti video with you. I know, some of you have already binged watched all of them on YouTube. But I’m guessing some of you wait feverishly for me to dole out … Continue reading

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Venice Streets Explained

Why is it that when you go to Rome or Florence, you stroll down a via or a strada, but in Venice you rarely see these words? Instead, you see things like calle, (which makes you think you’re in Spain … Continue reading

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Toast to the Birthday Boy!

Happy Birthday to our man Casanova! Others are celebrating as well: https://drinkwinetodaybecause.wordpress.com/author/drinkwinetodaybecause/ (These posts aren’t archived, so if you don’t click on this today, you’ll miss it!) DrinkWineTodayBecause To commemorate C’s birthday, here’s a Quattro Minuti con Casanova (okay, quattro e … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Luisa Bergallii Gozzi

Women’s History Month is almost over, and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell you about a little-known remarkable Venetian woman. Labeled a shrew, when really she was the one supporting a crumbling noble family, Luisa Bergalli Gozzi … Continue reading

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What Does a Navel Have to Do with Casanova?

Here is a curious item related to Casanova. My friend Marco sent me photos of a small medal cast in silver. At his request, it was commissioned and then created in 1998 by a Dutch association to honor Casanova. Roberto Ruggió … Continue reading

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Interviewed by Mona Lisa

Well, not exactly, but I got your attention! Mona Lisa never lived in Venice or was a gondolier, but she was a Beautiful Woman, so I guess the topic fits in my blog. I was actually interviewed by the AUTHOR … Continue reading

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Casanova Location Gets Recognized

A friend recently sent me this photo. I knew about this general location, where Casanova aided Bragadin after the party, but I didn’t know that someone had found the precise site of the former caffe. Or did they? Is this sign … Continue reading

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