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Featured Italy Story | Venice: Casanova, The Escape Artist

A love that couldn't be contained.
The only prisoner to ever escape from the famous Doge's Palace in Venice was also the city's most famous lover – Giacamo Casanova. The fashionable young man-about-town was arrested by the Venetian secret police in 1755 for making blasphemous jokes and thrown into its attic cells. The spurious charge was evidently trumped up by one of the elderly Venetian magistrates, who were enraged that Casanova was courting his mistress.
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