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Last Spritz Is Free

On my last day in Venice yesterday, I stopped in to Bar Tiziano for a tramezzino and a last spritz. Fortunately, both Bepi and Claudio were working. I’ve been coming to this place since 1996 and they always have a … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Madama / The Bargello

This entry relates to the episode when Casanova met Betty and Sir B.M. on his way to Rome. See previous entries about Palazzo Decarolis for more of the story. “The Bargello in Rome is a person who can do a … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–St. Peter’s Basilica

Not surprisingly, Casanova visited St. Peter’s Basilica, Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano in Italian, one of the world’s largest churches, and the center of Catholicism. Most likely he attended mass there multiple times, and it’s known that he … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Villa Albani-Torlonia

To the east of the Tiber, outside the old city walls, past the Villa Borghese, lies the Villa Albani-Torlonia, known in Casanova’s era as simply the Villa Albani. Cardinal Alessandro Albani had it built, beginning in 1747, by architect Carlo … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Frascara

When Casanova returned to Rome in 1760, he found his brother Giovanni living there and studying under the painter Rafael Mengs. Giovanni took him to visit old friends from his first trip to Rome, and introduced him to new people … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Venezia

Casanova often relied on the connections he made with others to pave his way in a new city. This is abundantly true both times he visited Rome. When he returned to the city in 1770, he explains that “Signor Dandolo, … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Decarolis

Palazzo Decarolis, also known as De Carolis, became the Roman home to Joachim de Bernis. Casanova had first met him when he was the ambassador from France, but when he was promoted to the position of Cardinal, he set up … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–An Inn on Via del Corso

Casanova sojourned in Rome on three different occasions: in the 1740s, 1760-61, and 1770-71. I’ve mostly told you the tales of his first stay in Rome, and now I will pivot to his return in 1760. We know of these … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Hotel Londra

Charles (Carlo) Roland (d. 1785) makes his appearance in Casanova’s memoirs a few times as the owner of various inns that Casanova stayed in or visited. Originally from Avignon, he came to Rome and opened the Hotel Londra on the … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Church of San Silvestro

François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis crossed paths with Giacomo Casanova a number of times. They first met in Paris in 1752, then sort of by accident in Venice in 1753 when de Bernis was assigned there as the French Ambassador … Continue reading

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