Giacomo Girolamo Casanova – born in Venice on the 2nd of April 1725 – is probably the world’s most famous citizen of the “Serenissima”. Even though he is remembered primarily for being a seducer, he was also a writer, poet, translator, philosopher and secret agent.
From both literary and historical point of view, his autobiography is considered to be his masterpiece. The Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life) was written in French because in the 18th century French was the most common language in Europe, and its author wanted it to be a “best seller”, as it later happened.
Born in 1725 and died in 1798, Casanova had the chance to live in a crucial moment of world history, a period full of events that combined to bring about a significant change, not only in Europe. The Histoire is therefore an important source of information about historical and political events of the 18th century, but above all it is a valuable document about the history of customs, since it extensively describes the everyday life in the many cities Casanova visited.
While travelling from court to court in Europe, Casanova had the opportunity to meet the most important personalities of his times, such as Mozart, Franklin, Rousseau, Voltaire, Madame de Pompadour, Catherine the Great and Frederick the Great. His life was full of adventure, and not just in the field of love. From Constantinople to London, from Bohemia to Spain: he visited every country in Europe and left an indelible mark of his charm. Casanova was a good talker and also had an encyclopaedic culture which was unique at that time: these two characteristics, added to his numerous travel experiences, making him a charming person, and not just for a female audience.
If you are interested in this singular and charming personality of 18th century Venice and want to visit this wonderful city by looking at it from a different perspective, you may be interested in this travel itinerary focused on Casanova’s life in Venice: http://www.veneziasi.it/en/romantic-itineraries-venice/erotic-itinerary-casanova-venice.html