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Book discussion questions: A Beautiful Woman in Venice

Does your bookclub need some ideas for your next reading endeavor? Consider A Beautiful Woman in Venice, my collection of biographies about Venetian women. Dip into 28 chapters on over 35 Venetian women spanning six centuries. From poets Veronica Franco … Continue reading

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An Exchange of Gifts

Meet my translator! I’m happy to announce that my walking guide, Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps, will soon be published in Italian! Here’s how this came about: My friend Adriano, who shares my interest in Casanova and has helped me … Continue reading

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What Thunder Is His!

A friend pointed out that in a letter to Giuseppe Pelli, Elisabetta mentioned Casanova: È da osservare che la notorietà del personaggio era grande e che anche della sua attività di scrittore, oltre che di avventuriero, si parlava molto, negli … Continue reading

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No Reason to Hide Ourselves

I missed the anniversary of Elisabetta Caminer Turra’s death by a couple days, but that’s no reason not to commemorate her today. She died on June 7, 1796, of complications related to breast cancer. Her doctors contended that the cancer … 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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New Book About Our Man C!

Laurence Bergreen’s new book about Casanova is finally available! It’s titled Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius (just a little reminiscent of my own title, Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps.) I got my copy a couple days ago and have … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Ramo de le Case Nove

What is the story behind Casanova’s last name? “Casanova” means “new house,” and today’s blog post is about the street of the new houses, which is just a coincidence. Will this video give you any answers about etymology? Probably not, … Continue reading

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