Tag Archives: Giacomo Casanova

Vizio Virtù – the finest chocolatier in Venice

As you push the old, glazed door open the rich, sweet scent of chocolate envelops you, enticing you in, making your mouth water and your taste buds tingle. And as you anticipate the first bite, your mind is working overtime … Continue reading

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Famous Italians : the one and only Giacomo Casanova

The name Giacomo Casanova conjures up scenes of debauchery, womanizing and sex. And down through the ages numerous books and films have tried to capture the legendary seducer’s persona. So as we celebrate the adventurer’s 290th birthday let’s take a quick … Continue reading

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Guest Best Bits of DreamDiscoverItalia

I recently had the pleasure of a guest spot on Best Bits Worldwide, a travel blog run by a lovely friend of mine. Susan is an American living in London and travels widely, blogging about the best bits of her … Continue reading

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Piazza San Marco, Venice – the drawing room of Europe

Every so often, amongst the usual tourist chatter and polite requests for directions, I overhear a gem. A snippet of a conversation, a tidbit that makes me giggle. Or sometimes groan. Let me give you an example. One sultry afternoon, … Continue reading

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Seven books that conjure up the heart and soul of Venice

According to Saint Augustine “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” But sometimes it’s not possible to travel physically. There is a solution, however. The quickest, cheapest and easiest way to fire … Continue reading

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Lets talk about Casanova

There are times when blogging can be a solitary business – researching, reading and writing alone – but the blogosphere is a friendly community as I found out last month when I met up with writer and fellow blogger Kathy Ann González … Continue reading

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Behind the mask – Traditional mask making in Venice

Venice is famous for many things. Canals. Murano glass. Giacomo Casanova. But perhaps some of the most evocative images come from the masked Carnival celebrations every spring. And although the origins of the Venetian mask are shrouded in mystery, the purpose is … Continue reading

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