Tag Archives: Rome

In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Ottoboni-Fiano

This is the site of the Palazzo Ottoboni-Fiano, at the Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina address #4, which Casanova visited in 1770. He had received a letter of introduction written by the Venetian nobleman Signor Zulian to his sister, … Continue reading

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Dear Venice, Wish You Were Here #20

This postcard is a bit different from the others in that it was sent from Rome to Venice, but it is still an image of Venice. The sender, Bob, will explain this shortly. Here’s the text, which I think I’ve … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Madama / The Bargello

This entry relates to the episode when Casanova met Betty and Sir B.M. on his way to Rome. See previous entries about Palazzo Decarolis for more of the story. “The Bargello in Rome is a person who can do a … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–St. Peter’s Basilica

Not surprisingly, Casanova visited St. Peter’s Basilica, Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano in Italian, one of the world’s largest churches, and the center of Catholicism. Most likely he attended mass there multiple times, and it’s known that he … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Villa Albani-Torlonia

To the east of the Tiber, outside the old city walls, past the Villa Borghese, lies the Villa Albani-Torlonia, known in Casanova’s era as simply the Villa Albani. Cardinal Alessandro Albani had it built, beginning in 1747, by architect Carlo … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Venezia

Casanova often relied on the connections he made with others to pave his way in a new city. This is abundantly true both times he visited Rome. When he returned to the city in 1770, he explains that “Signor Dandolo, … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Palazzo Decarolis

Palazzo Decarolis, also known as De Carolis, became the Roman home to Joachim de Bernis. Casanova had first met him when he was the ambassador from France, but when he was promoted to the position of Cardinal, he set up … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–An Inn on Via del Corso

Casanova sojourned in Rome on three different occasions: in the 1740s, 1760-61, and 1770-71. I’ve mostly told you the tales of his first stay in Rome, and now I will pivot to his return in 1760. We know of these … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Hotel Londra

Charles (Carlo) Roland (d. 1785) makes his appearance in Casanova’s memoirs a few times as the owner of various inns that Casanova stayed in or visited. Originally from Avignon, he came to Rome and opened the Hotel Londra on the … Continue reading

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What Did Casanova Know About the Pox?

You can find out the answer to this and many other questions in Lisetta Lovett’s new book Casanova’s Guide to Medicine. Lovett notes that Casanova’s interest in medicine and cataloguing of his and others’ illnesses offer a fairly broad glimpse … Continue reading

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