Tag Archives: Italian writers

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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Happy Anniversary, Venice Rising!

One year ago this week, I agreed to Rosemary Wilmot’s idea to create the book that became Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth. She and I had met via email because of Venice blog posts that brought us together and … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–The Church of Trinità dei Monti

“At seventeen or eighteen years of age, Mariuccia was tall, had a very good carriage, and seemed carved by the chisel of Praxiteles. She was fair, but her fairness was not that of a blonde, which with its unrelieved brilliance … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Momolo’s House, Via Gregoriana 36

In Vol. 12 of History of My Life, Casanova tells us that he is visited by Mariuccia, whom he had met at the house of the Abate Momolo back in 1760, which story is recounted in Vol. 7. It is … Continue reading

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“Just-In-Times” for Christmas

My mom is a member of St. Justin Parish in Santa Clara, California. Her Ladies Guild group has just posted these book reviews of Venice Rising in their monthly newsletter, the”Just-in-Times.” What great reviews! “Hi Ladies, I just finished the … Continue reading

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Two Views of the Plague

This past week I traveled back in time with Luisella Romeo and Iris Loredana via their offerings about Venice’s long history with plagues and epidemics. Believe it or not, it was a tasty trip! Luisella, an excellent guide to Venice, … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–House of Raphael Mengs, Via Vittoria 54

Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779), though born in the Kingdom of Bohemia, resided much of his life in Rome. At the point where Casanova visited him in Rome, Mengs lived at Via Vittoria 54, not far from the Spanish Steps. J. … Continue reading

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Venice Rising Has a New Look!

Check out the lovely new website by Michelle Miller to promote the book her mother, Rosemary Wilmot, and I created. You can also learn more about the charities that Venice Rising supports: There’s also a new Facebook page where you … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Customs Office

Rome’s ancient customs office or Dogana di Terra was in a building designed by Carlo Fontana in 1696, which incorporated the pillars from a temple honoring Emperor Hadrian built in 144. It was renovated and simplified in 1879-1882 and again … Continue reading

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Praise for Venice Rising

Last post, I announced the new anthology of stories by Venetians living through first the historic floods of last November and then the Covid-19 lockdown. Four of my favorite writers on Venice and Italy have shared these reviews of Venice Rising: … Continue reading

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