Immerse yourself in a world of nature, art and wellness at several of the Veneto region's destinations
A philanderer, explorer, writer, poet, alchemist, mathematician, philosopher and even a secret agent. What Venetian figure is better known throughout the world than Giacomo Casanova? By Stefania Vida
To see where it all began, start at Calle Malipiero, near Palazzo Grassi, where you will find a marble plaque commemorating Casanova's birthplace. It was on the third floor of this building where Giacomo was born and lived until 1743. Well-known for frequenting Venice's most fashionable locales, Casanova is remembered as being a regular customer at the famous Caffè Florian in St. Mark's Square. Just as in years past, today the Florian is still one of Venice's most fashionable and aristocratic grand cafés. Continuing on to Rialto, in the ‘Sotoportego' dei Do Mori, you can still find the Do Mori tavern which, according to legend, was one of Casanova's favourite watering holes. This charming, old-world venue still serves a great selection of ‘cicchetti' and typical Venetian fare. In days gone by, Venice's famous Ridotto restaurant was located behind St. Mark's
Square in Calle Vallaresso. Formerly used by the Venetians to host weddings and ceremonies, it was also the place where Casanova wiled away the hours gambling in the company of Venetian noblemen. In addition to the Bridge of Sighs, it is impossible not to mention the Piombi, Venice's much feared prisons which were housed under the roof of Palazzo Ducale. Today, you can visit the cell where Casanova was imprisoned and from which he made a daring and sensational escape that instantly made him famous. Finally, you can take a vaporetto to the Island of Murano where Casanova had a passionate affair with a powerful nun, simply referred to as "M.M." in historical documents.