CASANOVA, LOVE IN VENICE
An episode from the series SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS
Giacomo Casanova had romances with over a hundred women in his life and his libertine adventures have remained famous. But behind this image of a heartbreaker is a man of many talents and an exceptional destiny.
Born in Venice in 1725 to humble parents, a frail and sickly child, Casanova became the most flamboyant adventurer of the Age of Enlightenment. He escaped from a Venice prison, invented the lottery in Paris, was a duellist in Warsaw, a abbot, spy, violinist, magician and charlatan. Casanova lived a thousand lives and made his existence a novel with numerous twists and turns.
Travelling throughout Europe, he managed to get into the most prestigious courts, from Versailles to St. Petersburg.