Casanova: a Venetian tale of passion

Venice, Italy

Clio Muse

Stops

10

Stories

50

Distance

3km

Duration

1h30min

Audio

Yes

Description

Young Casanova, and his almost incredible adventures, serve as an exciting stepping stone for an introduction to the real Venice, away from the crowded tourist sites. The digital tour Young Casanova: a Venetian tale of passion invites us to lose ourselves in the canals and squares of Venice in the company of actors, nuns, and penniless aristocrats.

The life of young Giacomo Casanova turns Venice into a giant board game, where the most famous lover of all time played an unparalleled game of passion and pleasure, with hundreds of female and male co-players. Traces of his life survive everywhere, making him the most startlingly attractive tour guide of Venice behind the carnival masks.

The tour follows Casanova from his birth to his disastrous encounter with the Venetian authorities that resulted in his exile from his native city for two decades. His early life was centered around Campo San Samuele, only a short walking distance from Piazza San Marco and yet almost a whole world apart. It was here that Casanova’s father set up his home after marrying Zanetta, a fiery local beauty and actress. Her relationship with her eldest son was difficult so Giacomo came to depend on his grandmother. Her house still stands, a silent witness to the estrangement between mother and son.

Casanova is mostly famous for his love escapades. There are many sites all around Venice still marked by his presence and exploits. Palazzo Malipiero witnessed his first naughty adventures with local enchantresses. The Church of San Samuele became his playground when as a stunningly beautiful young priest he was immensely pleased to read the countless love notes sent to him by his female parishioners. Palazzo Bragadin served as his residence for three years, a period during which Casanova enjoyed a careless existence as a wealthy and empowered young man with a striking appearance, a resolute gambler, a spendthrift, a great talker with a sharp tongue, lacking all modesty, fearless and a pursuer of pretty women.

And, of course, no tour of Venice would be complete without a stop at the Palazzo Ducale and its famous Lead Prison. Casanova brought upon himself the wrath of the Venetian authorities with his bizarre and incredible liaison with the French ambassador and a handful of nuns. There was usually no escape from the famous Leads but Casanova managed to find a way out in the most extraordinary fashion.

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This tour is also available in the following languages: Ελληνικά.

Highlights

  • The first woman

    1. The first woman

    The house where Casanova spent his early years was purchased with the profits from the theatre (and a possible royal contribution). Here Casanova was exposed to the influences that shaped his professional and love life.
  • First loves

    2. First loves

    The church of San Samuele was built in 1000 CE and is one of only a handful of Venetian churches named after an Old Testament prophet and not a Roman Catholic Saint. It was not ready for the new libertine priest.
  • Prison time

    3. Prison time

    His salacious lifestyle resulted in Casanova’s imprisonment. But a man of his talents could not be detained for long, so 15 months later the unflagging lover was out, his escape a singular feat in the history of Venice.

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Details

Address Casanova’s grandmother’s house
Starting point Calle de Le Muneghe and Calle de Le Boteghe, Venezia
Finishing point Caffè Florian, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
Areas Historical center of Venice, Palazzo Ducale, Basilica San Marco, Caffè Florian
Opening hours San Samuele church: Mon.- Sat. 11:00-13:00 & 14:00-16:00, Closed on Sundays | Doge's Palace Leads prison: 1 Apr. to 31 Oct. 8.30 – 19:00 & 1 Nov. to 31 Mar. 8.30 - 17.30 | Caffè Florian: 9:00 - 00:00
Additional admission Doge's Palace: 20€

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.