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

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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.

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