Hidden treasures

The cell of Giacomo Casanova in the Doge's Palace in Venice

Big Names
Cella_Giacomo_Casanova

The cell of Giacomo Casanova in the Doge's Palace in Venice

Giacomo Casanova (1725 - 1798) is one of the world's most famous Venetians, especially for his numerous amorous adventures, which he recounts in his autobiography.

Casanova was not only a great seducer, but also an adventurer: in fact, he was the only person who managed to escape from the terrible prisons of the Doge's Palace in Venice.

Casanova was imprisoned on the night of 25 July 1755 and put in a cell of the so-called 'Leads', i.e. the rooms that were under the roof of the Doge's Palace, covered with sheets of lead. The dreaded Council of Ten had imprisoned him because his libertine behaviour was dangerous for social stability, and also because he was considered a charlatan who befriended elderly nobles with his faux magical knowledge.

He should have stayed in jail for 5 years, but Casanova immediately devised a way to escape. He achieved this incredible feat along with another inmate, Father Marino Balbi, on the night of All Saints in 1755, by making a hole in the ceiling and lowering down into the courtyard of the Doge's Palace, from which he later emerged among the common visitors...

If you would like to hear about other curious anecdotes about Venice or about the places in which they are carried out, make a request for Francesca's availability! The author of this story, our licensed tour guide, is ready to accompany you in and around Venice, and can organise a tailor-made itinerary just for you!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: The Italia Theatre in Cannaregio

teatro_Italia_venezia
Unknown places & works

Along the busy road linking Santa Lucia train station to the Rialto Bridge in Venice there stands a peculiar neo-Gothic building with t...

View

Treviso: Villa Condulmer in Mogliano Veneto and Giuseppe Verdi

villa-condulmer
Big Names

Giuseppe Verdi is one of the most famous musicians of the 19th century... Even those who are not Opera experts recognise the arias of h...

View

Padua: The Anatomical Theatre at the University of Padua

teatro-anatomico-padova
Unknown places & works

The University of Padua, founded in 1222, is one of the most important symbols of culture in Italy... There are lots of places to disco...

View

Venice: The underwater Nativity set in the Venice lagoon

presepe-sommerso
Unknown places & works

On 26 January 1961 the Croatian Wrmac merchant ship sank off the island of Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, about 3 miles outside the harbo...

View

Top posts

Vicenza: The scenography of the Teatro Olimpico (‘Olympic theatre’)

olimpico-scenografia
Historical Curiosities

Vicenza is the city of Andrea Palladio (1508- 1580), one of the greatest architects of all time, especially as his classicism influence...

View

Padua: The ghosts in the Castle of Monselice

castello-monselice
Mysteries & Legends

Monselice is a splendid medieval town located on the hills south of Padova, offering stunning views on the surrounding landscape. The m...

View

Venice: The Othello by Orson Welles and the Bovolo stairs in Venice

Otello
Film Locations

Since the beginning of the seventh art, Venice has been chosen by many directors as a backdrop for movies, some have even made the hist...

View

Venice: The Garden of Eden on the Giudecca Island in Venice

giardino-eden-venezia
Unknown places & works

Behind the male prison on the Giudecca Island, there is a secret hidden garden, concealed from sight and with an intriguing name: the G...

View