Tag Archives: Italian history

Getting in the Mood with the Right Wallpaper

This Valentine’s Day, do you need a little help from Casanova to get in a romantic (or dare I say lascivious) mood? Well, he can’t whisper advice into your ear, but you could hang up this wallpaper to inspire and … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Laura Morelli

As you probably know, or could guess, I read a lot of books about Venice or set in Venice. So I was delighted a few years back to discover Laura Morelli’s book The Gondola Maker, which married my love of … Continue reading

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Book Discussion Questions: Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps

With the new exhibit about Casanova’s Europe coming to the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco, it seems like a good time to encourage people to read my book about Casanova’s home town–Venice. If your book club, or you … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Teatro Goldoni

  I haven’t posted a Quattro Minuti con Casanova episode in a while! Today’s features Teatro Goldoni, which had a different name in Casanova’s day. Listen to this video to see what it was…. Teatro Goldoni The event I talk … Continue reading

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50 in One Fell Swoop

There I was, lying in bed reading, wincing and grimacing as the book reached its climax. I don’t want to say any more, so that you get to experience this thrill yourself! I recently read The Four Horsemen, the last … Continue reading

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In His Dressing Gown and Nightcap

“The first known devotee of this modern way of travelling [by carriage] is Giacomo Casanova. This quite clearly means that the adventurer from Venice and world famous lover was also the first great user of the modern private carriage of … Continue reading

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Honoring Mamma on Baby’s Birthday

Usually on someone’s birthday, we honor that person with gifts, cards, and Facebook smilies. But I thought today seemed like a good day to honor the mamma who gave birth. Sant’Apollonia used to be a Benedictine monastery from the 12th … Continue reading

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