Venice tour: Casanova’s tale of passion

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A fascinating self-guided audio walking tour of Venice with credible & original stories written by top local professionals. Take your tour now & enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device. 

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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The Casanova Redemption

Casanova began planning his escape almost immediately, even though no prisoner had ever escaped from The Leads before. While exercising in the garret next door to his cell, he found an iron bolt and a piece of marble, which he used as a whetstone to sharpen the bolt. He tried to break through the floor into the room beneath but he was moved to a better cell, with windows and a view of the lagoon before he could complete his plan. The hole under the bed was discovered and he was placed under constant surveillance. Unfazed, he used a sharpened fingernail and mulberry juice as ink to correspond with the prisoner in the next cell. He convinced him to do all the dirty work by breaking through the ceiling of their adjoining cells. He even had his warder carry the necessary tool, hidden in a Bible atop of which he had placed a dish of hot buttery pasta.


Casanova’s grandmother’s house

Calle de Le Muneghe and Calle de Le Boteghe, Venezia

Caffè Florian, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
  • Self-guided audio tour in English for your smartphone (Android & iOS)
  • An activation link to access your audio tour
  • Offline content with an offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • After booking, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to access your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • An Android or iOS smartphone is required
  • The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation
  • Please ensure you have enough storage space (100-150 MB) 
  • Book per device to be used, not per participant
  • Non refundable once activated.
  • Internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak. So please download the audio tour on your smartphone prior to your visit in order to enjoy it offline
  • Use your headphones to best enjoy it
  • Ensure that your smartphone is fully charged prior to your visit

Historical center of Venice, Palazzo Ducale, Basilica San Marco, Caffè Florian

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

Doge’s Palace: 20€


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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.

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