A visit to a unique museum that will give us an overview of society in the 18th century as we follow the footsteps of the most famous Venetian figure.
No one born and raised in Venice has ever been quite like Giacomo Casanova, famous throughout the world with an everlasting reputation that still sparks interest.
The new Casanova museum in Palazzo Papafava illustrates his life. As you climb the staircase, you will be transported to the 18th-century Venice and your imagination will be flooded with images of aristocrats and rich merchants walking up that staircase, accompanied by their ladies dressed in sparkling dresses made of damask and precious silks.
We can learn more about the Venetian and European society in the 18th century as we walk through the different rooms in the museum, observing the reconstructions of where our character lived.
The story of his life is fascinating and turbulent, full of risks and love, powerful friendships and fervent animosity. It saw him confined to the prisons of the Doge’s Palace in Venice and then, after a thrilling escape, pass through all the courts and important cities at the time: Vienna, Paris, Moscow, Madrid and Barcelona.
A man of his time who was cultured and refined, an adventurer and a spy, seductive and a risk taker but also a learned scholar.
This man’s life and love also featured in a series of films from 1934 to the most recent in 2005, which are accurately portrayed in one of the museum’s rooms.
An exhibit of small everyday objects from the period, along with images and illustrations, reveals how he lived, and thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we can even become Casanova himself for a few minutes.
There is a virtual reality viewer in one of the rooms, which will transport us to the 18th-century Venice, surrounded by beautiful women and friends that come over to greet us as we relive moments from his life.
It is a fun and unforgettable experience for every visitor, and there are guides in ten different languages. Unfortunately, we will reluctantly have to leave the museum and return to the modern day, grateful to Casanova for the excitement, and possibly feeling a little envious of his fascinating life.