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Two hun­dred and twen­ty years af­ter his dea­th, a new Mu­seum has been de­di­ca­ted to Gia­co­mo Ca­sa­no­va

The fa­mous Ve­ne­tian po­ly­ma­th has mo­re than one bio­gra­phi­cal sur­pri­se in sto­re. Two hun­dred and twen­ty years af­ter his dea­th, a mu­seum has been de­di­ca­ted to him in his ci­ty of bir­th. By Ele­na Pe­ve­ra­ta

This is not a tra­di­tio­nal mu­seum wi­th re­lics, ar­ti­fac­ts and me­mo­ra­bi­lia ar­ran­ged in chro­no­lo­gi­cal or­der; the Ca­sa­no­va Mu­seum & Ex­pe­rien­ce fo­cu­ses on the Ca­sa­no­va ‘Ex­pe­rien­ce' hi­ghlighting the in­no­va­ti­ve ap­proa­ch of this brand new and unu­sual place of cul­tu­ral lear­ning. The mu­seum is de­di­ca­ted to the per­so­na and li­fe of Gia­co­mo Ca­sa­no­va and of­fers vi­si­tors a uni­que op­por­tu­ni­ty to ac­quaint themselves wi­th this ex­traor­di­na­ry era, a joy­ful ti­me of en­lighten­ment that di­sap­pea­red shor­tly af­ter­wards. To achie­ve this, it uses the cha­rac­ter of Ca­sa­no­va, who nar­ra­tes his ad­ven­tu­res fir­sthand, ta­king vi­si­tors on an emo­tio­nal, mul­ti-me­dia jour­ney, al­lo­wing them to re­li­ve the at­mo­sphe­re of 18th cen­tu­ry Ve­ni­ce and Eu­ro­pe.

Ca­sa­no­va was a ma­ster of se­duc­tion,a li­ber­ti­ne, wri­ter and an ad­ven­tu­rer, but he was al­so an al­che­mi­st, di­plo­mat, phi­lo­so­pher and a se­cret agent. All the aspec­ts and ex­pe­rien­ces of hi­sto­ry's mo­st fa­mous wo­ma­ni­zer are ex­plo­red through ima­ges, se­ts, re­con­struc­tions, im­mer­si­ve rooms and in­te­rac­ti­ve spa­ces. Vi­si­tors will find themselves con­ver­sing wi­th Vol­tai­re about phi­lo­so­phi­cal mat­ters, con­tri­ving po­li­ti­cal in­tri­gues wi­th Ma­da­me de Pom­pa­dour and li­ste­ning to an ope­ra by Wol­fgang Ama­deus Mo­zart as if the­se lu­mi­na­ries we­re their con­tem­po­ra­ries. The ex­hi­bi­tion ends in the room, whi­ch was pos­si­bly the mo­st re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve of Ca­sa­no­va's li­fe: the be­droom. He­re, amid­st silks and da­ma­sks, vi­si­tors can ad­mi­re a real 18th-cen­tu­ry al­co­ve. The Ca­sa­no­va Mu­seum & Ex­pe­rien­ce is lo­ca­ted in Ve­ni­ce's 15th cen­tu­ry Pa­laz­zo Pe­sa­ro Pa­pa­fa­va in the se­stie­re of Can­na­re­gio. >> Ca­sa­no­va Mu­seum & Ex­pe­rien­ce Open dai­ly 10am-8pm

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Ca' Pe­sa­ro Pa­pa­fa­va, Can­na­re­gio 3764 (Cal­le de la Ra­che­ta). T: 041 2379736.

A mix of vir­tual ex­pe­rien­ces and im­mer­si­ve sur­roun­dings

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