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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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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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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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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–The Libraries

Though Casanova is most often known as a great lover, he was a serious scholar, writer, and mathematician. In his History of My Life, he mentions his desire to study in Rome; Casanova specifically names the Collegio Romano, the Minerva, … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Teatro Aliberti

Initially, 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 … 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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