Guide Location: Italy » Venice
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
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Giacomo Casanova is one of the most famous personalities of Venice. He was a man of great culture. His interests ranged from love affairs and gambling to writing and alchemy. Born in a family of theater actors in 1725, he grew up surrounded by high society. He became an important personality in his own right, starting with his adolescence. This tour will show you places of great significance in the life of Casanova.
Tour Stops and Attractions
1) Piazza San MarcoPiazza San Marco, is the principal square of Venice. It is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic, which is confined to Venice's waterways. It is the only urban space called a piazza in Venice. As the central landmark and gathering place for Venice, Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists, photographers, and pigeons. The Piazza originated in the 9th century as a small area in front of the original St Mark's Basilica. It was enlarged to its present size and shape in 1177, when the Rio Batario, which had bounded it to the west, and a dock, which had isolated the Doge's Palace from the square, were filled in. The rearrangement was for the meeting of Pope Alexander III and the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.
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2) Calle VallaressoCalle Vallaresso is a street next to the Piazza San Marco where for centuries were situated gambling houses. Casanova was famous for his passion for money. He loved to spend money, and gambling was an easy way to get some. Gambling was for him a way of socializing, flirting and making new connections. Also, here, you will find the Ridotto theater that used to be a major gambling house during Casanova's time.
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3) La FeniceTeatro La Fenice ("The Phoenix") is an opera house in Venice. It is one of the most famous theatres in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres. Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to "rise from the ashes" despite losing the use of two theatres. Since opening and being named La Fenice, it has twice burned and been rebuilt. La Fenice was rebuilt in 19th-century style on the basis of a design by architect Aldo Rossi and using still photographs from the opening scenes of Luchino Visconti's 1954 film Senso, which was filmed in the house, in order to obtain details of its design. It reopened on 14 December 2003 with an inaugural concert of Beethoven, Wagner, and Stravinsky. The first opera production was La traviata in November 2004.
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4) Palazzo BellavitePalazzo Bellavite is a 16th century palace located in Campo San Maurizio. Once it was a prestigious residence. Now it is a study center and an office complex. The place was home to the Venetian poet Giorgio Baffo. He was a good friend of the young Casanova and also a lover of Casanova's mother, Giovanna Farussi.
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5) Palazzo MalipieroGiacomo Casanova was born, in 1725, in a building adjacent to Palazzo Malipiero. From 1740 onwards, he lived in the Palazzo and became a confidant of Senator Alvise II Gasparo Malipiero. Here he started his first love affairs and had the opportunity to establish relations with Italy's most important people. After being caught, in flagrante delicto, with a mistress of Alvise II, he was expelled from Venice.
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6) Chiesa San SamueleChiesa San Samuele was built around 1000 by the Boldù and Soranzo families. This is the church where Giacomo Casanova was baptized. As a child Casanova attended the church services held here. Outside you can admire the structure of the porch, on top of which, in 1952, was built a loggia.
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7) Ponte delle TettePonte delle Tette, Bridge of Female Breasts, is located in the heart of the former red-light district of San Cassiano. Prostitutes used to parade topless here in an attempt to attract clients and convert suspected homosexuals. The procedure was encouraged by Venetian officers in order to eliminate this new social problem. The red-light district in Venice was legalized at the beginning of the 16th century. Casanova was a frequent visitor of this district, hunting his next victim.
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8) Cantina do SpadeCantina do Spade is a traditional bacarra that serves the beloved cicchetti, ranging from savory fried seafood to spicy picante pani. The venue, which is tucked away under an archway on the San Paolo side of the Rialto Bridge, was used by Casanova to wine and dine his romantic conquests.
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