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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Teatro Alibert

Casanova mentions the Teatro Aliberti (also known as the Teatro Alibert and later as the Teatro delle Dame) only very briefly, not at all giving it its due as the powerhouse it was in Rome. You’ll remember C’s trials with … 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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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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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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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–San Carlo al Corso

Sometimes we can read lengthy tales about what Casanova did in a particular location. Sometimes not. When he was in Rome in 1744, Casanova states that “as I was coming out of church after mass at San Carlo al Corso, … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Villa Borghese

The Villa Borghese is one of Rome’s treasures. It’s roughly 198 acres of gardens and contains a number of buildings, art venues, statues, water features, and walking paths. The Spanish Steps lead up to it at one end, and another … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–The House of M. Poletti

You may remember in Walk #2 that I told you about the yellow house next door, here on the Piazza di Spagna, where Casanova took his French lessons in 1744. But he lived here, in #32, when he returned to … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Caffè Greco

Another stop on my walking tour of Casanova’s Rome with Adriano Contini. During those early days in Rome 1743, Casanova was trying so hard to walk a straight and narrow path in order to impress his mentors, Don Gasparo, Father … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Campo dei Fiori

Campo dei Fiori (literally meaning a “field of flowers”) is a popular spot for both locals and tourists in Rome. But Casanova also writes of visiting this place in 1743. He was an adolescent, in fact even tells how he … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Barbaruccia’s House

Last time I took you to Rome, we visited the Spanish Embassy, where Casanova had an apartment for a short time. If he were to walk out the front door of the embassy, he could cross the piazza to building … Continue reading

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