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Casanova Location Gets Recognized

A friend recently sent me this photo. I knew about this general location, where Casanova aided Bragadin after the party, but I didn’t know that someone had found the precise site of the former caffe. Or did they? Is this sign … 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: The Casino

Americans think of a casino as a place to go gambling. During Casanova’s 18th century, a casino was a small casa, the sort of pleasure apartment that they brought their friends or lover to. Wealthy nobles often had casini where … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova:

On a windy day, my friend Adriano filmed this episode of Quattro Minuti con Casanova in Campo San Maurizio. Giorgio Baffo, (1694-1768) writer of licentious poems, was also a mentor and friend to Giacomo Casanova. Here at his house, the Palazzo … Continue reading

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Learn Something New Every Week

“Learn something new every week: get weekly updates on interesting nonfiction articles.” That’s the motto of the website NFReads.com, a clearing house for nonfiction titles. Peruse their pages or even have a weekly email delivered to let you know what’s … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Cencia Scarpariola

ABWIV Cencia Scarpariola I look so worried in the thumbnail shot on this video! But do not fear–there’s nothing to fret over in this post! Here I bring you the story of Cencia Scarpariola, which this street on the island … Continue reading

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Dancing at the Tree

No one has left a “tell-all” diary. But it seems that Marina Querini Benzon’s joie de vivre liberated her from many of the condemnations that women before her had to endure. In 1797, the Venetian republic fell to Napoleon’s troops. … Continue reading

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