Hidden treasures

The Adventures of Giacomo Casanova during the Venice Carnival

Big Names
DoSpade

The Adventures of Giacomo Casanova during the Venice Carnival

The Carnival of Venice was undoubtedly the best time for every kind of gallant adventure. The party atmosphere and unbridled fun that was breathed and the few checks by the authorities were ideal!

A character who particularly enjoyed the Carnival was definitely the famous Giacomo Casanova (1725- 1798), adventurer and libertine, a symbol of Venice in the 1700s.

One evening during the carnival of 1745 Casanova and his friend notices a beautiful commoner from St Giobbe who was drinking with her husband and two other friends, and thought it best to organize an incredible hoax.

They stood by them as public officials and imposed her husband and friends to follow them to the island of St Giorgio, in the name of the Council of the Ten, leaving the unsuspecting woman alone in Rialto. After abandoning those poor fools in St Giorgio, Casanova and his friend returned to Rialto and led the woman to the 'Do Spade' inn where they had dinner and enjoyed themselves with her all night; after which they sent her home.

The Do Spade tavern, which can be traces back to 1488, still exists: amorous encounters no longer take place here, but one can eat well!

If our section has caught your attention, maybe you'll be interested to know that the brilliant tour guide in Venice who takes care of this content organizes personalized tours of the city... Routes full of legends, anecdotes, curiosities and mysteries, but also fascinating private visits to the major attractions of Venice! In particular, if you are interested in recalling the adventures of the famous Casanova, don't miss our Casanova private tour that includes a break in this historic Venetian tavern!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: The legend of the Engraved Heart of the Scuola Grande di San Marco

cuore-scuola-scuola-grande-san-marco
Mysteries & Legends

In the age-old stones of Venice lie incredible stories, fascinating legends and forgotten memories that are nestled in every corner of ...

View

Venice: The invention of glasses in Venice

occhiali
Historical Curiosities

The first glasses in history were shaped in one of the most famous islands of the Venetian lagoon, the island of Murano, where in 1100,...

View

Venice: The origins of the Spritz cocktail

spritz-veneziano
Local Traditions

Spritz, the typical Venetian aperitif, has nowadays become the iconic cocktail of Happy hour not only in Italy, but all over the world....

View

Venice: The Camel’s House in the Cannaregio district

palazzo-mastelli
Historical Curiosities

If you take a walk in the Cannaregio district you might come across a camel, clearly not a camel in the flesh, but one depicted in a pa...

View

Top posts

Venice: The Last Supper by Veronese at the Gallerie dell'Accademia

ultima-cena-veronese
Historical Curiosities

The twelve rooms of the Gallerie dell'Accademia host many works of art from the Veneto Region and the city of Venice made by renowned a...

View

Padua: St George’s Oratory

oratorio-san-giorgio-padova
Unknown places & works

Padua is famous all over the world for the Scrovegni Chapel, frescoed with incredible skill by the great painter Giotto at the beginnin...

View

Verona: Juliet’s balcony in Verona

balcone-giulietta-verona
Big Names

When visiting the beautiful city of Verona, Casa di Giulietta - the house of Juliet, the character immortalized by William Shakespeare ...

View

Venice: Attila's throne in the Isle of Torcello in Venice

Trono_Attila
Mysteries & Legends

Torcello, the first Venice island to be inhabited, is rich of legends and interesting stories, such as Attila – the King of the Huns ...

View