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A Giant Among Books

You all know that I’m a big fan of Venice (obviously!), but I’m also a big fan of Laura Morelli and her books set in Venice. Her newest book has just come out, and, though it’s set in Florence (gasp!), … Continue reading

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La Morte di Casanova

Today being June 4, the date of Casanova’s death, it seemed like the perfect time to post this. Apparently there is some controversy about Casanova’s death, that he didn’t actually die on June 4, 1798. I reached out to Pablo … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Testaccio

Continuing my series of places Casanova visited in Rome…. You’ve already heard how Casanova was embroiled in the Barbaruccia affair. He met the Pope and consorted with various priests and cardinals. He learned French, which served him all his life. … Continue reading

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Live Chat this Friday!

I’ve been invited by the Casanova Museum and Experience in Venice to participate in their live chat series, and I invite you to listen in! They featured Ian Kelly, author of a biography on Casanova, a couple weeks ago. It … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Villa Medici

The latest in my series of Casanova sites in Rome, which I visited with Adriano Contini in 2018. We saw some 18th century paintings of the Quirinale and Monte Cavallo, where Casanova first met Pope Benedict XIV. After the Pope’s … Continue reading

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Sharing: The Oldest Map of Venice

Fellow Venice lover (and poet) Rita Bottoms shared this news item. Researcher Dr. Sandra Toffolo discovered the oldest-known map of Venice, dating to between 1345-1350. The drawing comes from a travel journal of Niccolò da Poggibonsi. But here’s an important … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Calle del Carbon

In the last few weeks we’ve seen so many images of Venice’s streets submerged under far too much water. As a small antidote, here is a video from a couple summers ago when I visited one of the streets where … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Monte Cavallo

I’ve mostly told you about Casanova’s troubles due to Barbaruccia’s love affair. But that’s certainly not the only thing Casanova did in Rome in 1744-45. In fact, he met the Pope! He tells us that he went to Monte Cavallo, … Continue reading

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What Does Casanova Read?

“I discovered that a man shut up in solitude and deprived of any possibility of occupying himself, alone in an almost dark place, where he does not and cannot see anything except, once a day, the person who brings him … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Roger Feuerman

“Signorina Kathleen, It is I, Casanova, from here in the 18thcentury. And not First Spritz Is Free contributor Roger Feuerman. He claims he is too exhausted from laboring to finish his Venetian young adult fiction novel and penning a new … Continue reading

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