Giacomo Casanova in Venice

Portrait of Giacomo Casanova

You would like to go in the footsteps of Giacomo Casanova in Venice?

If you expect a tour of the lagoon city and you want to know the most significant places regarding one of the largest “womanizer” of history, read l’article that a reader sent to History Pills and you will know perfectly how to move.

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Giacomo Casanova in Venice

Giacomo Casanova

Giacomo Casanova was a writer, A poet, a diplomat, a scientist, a philosopher, a secret agent, an alchemist, an adventurer, an incredible character whose life has become a legend.

Born in Venezia in 1725, he left us a very large literary production.

He has written various works, both in verse, than in prose.

The work that more than any other, however, has remained in history is his autobiography: “Story of my life” (Story of my life).

In this book he details his adventures, his encounters and numerous loves that have made his name synonymous with libertine and tireless seducer.

He says he met people like Voltaire, Madame de Pompadour, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick II of Prussia, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Catherine II of Russia.

He will visit many cities, but a city will remain directly linked to its name, his hometown, Venezia.

His relationship with the Serenissima and its political authorities will be very troubled, but the link with Venice will remain indissoluble.

Let's see together some of the main places linked to the life and legend of Giacomo Casanova.

Giacomo Casanova in Venice: the places to visit

If you go to Venice and want to discover the places that most marked the life of Giacomo Casanova, here are the ones you can't miss.

Calle Malipiero

Giacomo Casanova in Venice

Commemorative plaque in memory of the birth of Giacomo Casanova

Giacomo Casanova was born on 2 April 1725 a Calle Malipiero, in the vicinity of Palazzo Grassi.

He is the son of two actors.

It is baptized in the church of St. Samuel.

He is soon orphaned of a father.

Her mother is a very beautiful woman and a rather well-known actress at the time, so much so that he even talks about her Carlo Goldoni.

It is entrusted to the nonna, who will grow it with a lot of love.

The young Casanova lives in a three-story apartment, with a lounge on the second floor and a bedroom on the top floor.

This emerges from his writings and this was actually confirmed by the current house plan.

Court Lunagher

Giacomo Casanova for a period also lived at the Court Lunagher, a Frezzaria.

This is a calle located in the San Marco district.

In this place today there are numerous commercial buildings and many activities related to tourism.

In the fifteenth century arrows were produced and sold here, hence the name of the street.

They also stayed in this area George Byron and a young man Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Campo San Maurizio

A Campo San Maurizio resided Giorgio Baffo, poet, great friend of Giacomo Casanova.

This has been the author of more than 12.000 poems in Venetian.

His poetry was extremely critical of power, of the clergy and the political class of the Serenissima.

The licentiousness it is one of the main features of his poetics, as openly erotic themes frequently recur and this aspect met Casanova's tastes very much, who, speaking of the poet and friend, defined him: «Exalted genius, poet in the most lewd of genres, but big and unique».

The bishop also lived in the same building Pietro Zaguri, character who will have great influence on Casanova, especially from a political point of view.

Casanova therefore often frequented the place.

The Ridotto of San Moisè

In Venice it is located the oldest casino in Italy, or rather the world.

The Republic of Venice was, indeed, the first ever state to officially open a regulated gambling house.

Inaugurated in 1638, was at the Reduced from San Moisè.

The casino is still in operation today, but it is located in another location, or a Ca Vendramin Calergi Palace.

It is one of the four land-based casinos which are joined by major ones online casino platforms in Italy, representing a very significant market for our country.

Since its origins, the casino of Venice represented a very important item for the treasury of the Serenissima.

Not only: also represented an aggregation point very important for the nobility, for Venetian politicians and intellectuals.

Here you could talk freely and often met masked.

Obviously the Ridotto di San Moisè was also the perfect place for clandestine love encounters.

Needless to say, Giacomo Casanova was a great visitor to this place.

He was skilled at the game and describes this passion of his well in his memoirs as well.

Today the Ridotto di San Moisè is part of theHotel Monaco.

It is open to the public, but on request.

It is advisable to call the reception of the hotel to agree in advance about a possible visit.

The Bridge of Sighs and the Piombi

Giacomo Casanova in Venice

Giacomo Casanova in Venice: the Bridge of Sighs

The Doge's Palace in Venice it is also famous for its prisons, note come i Leads.

These can be reached by crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs.

Its name was linked to the sighs of the condemned who observed the city of Venice for the last time from the windows of the bridge, before being taken to the cell.

Giacomo Casanova was imprisoned in the Piombi in 1755, accused of insulting the institutions, libertinage, magic and freemasonry.

However, thanks to the help of the friar Marino Balbi, his cellmate, managed to escape through the rooftops.

He then pretended to be a visitor accidentally locked in the building, literally letting the door open, to then leave Venice.

Today the place is accessible by visiting the Doge's Palace in Venice (photo: biografieonline.it, ilbolive.unipd.it e it.wikipedia.org).