Casanova is one of the most famous lovers of all time. However, he was also a renowned adventurer, briefly worked as a spy, and in his old age even became a writer. Despite this notable figure not having any significant influence on the course of history, almost everyone knows this man's name.

Much of this is thanks to his autobiographical novel. But not just to that.

Author: Tomáš Bajgar

Genius Child

Casanova first saw the light of day in 1725 in Venice, Italy. This city was already famous for its carnivals and free-spirited entertainment, which inevitably left an imprint on young Casanova. According to his memoirs, it was here that he lost his virginity at the age of eleven. It seems that people matured a little faster then than they do today.

Although he was literally enchanted by women after his first erotic experience, he did not devote all his time solely to seducing them. It is not well known, but Casanova was also a very good student.

He entered university at twelve and successfully completed it five years later. At seventeen, he could boast of a legal education, which opened many doors for him.

His Charm Led Him to Prison

Casanova was eloquent and simultaneously charming, which won him the favor of not only many wealthy men, but especially their wives. However, he did not focus only on young beauties, often courting older women as well. The reason was prosaic: he was making a living this way.

Ladies from high society definitely did not have to dig deep into their pockets and were happy to share their money, or rather their husbands' money, with Casanova.

Such an adventurous life, of course, had its pitfalls, and the world's most famous seducer often had to flee from castles and lavish villas through side doors or over balconies.

For his debauched behavior, Casanova even ended up in a prison cell, where he spent some time. Eventually, however, using a metal spike with which he managed to carve out a large enough hole to be able to crawl through, he finally escaped.

This experience, however, did not open his eyes much, and Casanova continued to use his charm to improve his standard of living. A mild calming came only with old age.

Working for Wallenstein

In the autumn of his life, Casanova moved to Bohemia, specifically to the small castle Duchcov, where he was tasked with managing a library. At first, he wasn't very eager to take on this job, but a lack of funds eventually forced him to accept it.

The person of Count Wallenstein, the lord of Duchcov, with whom the Venetian seducer had dealings, also played a significant role in this.

Although the Count favored Casanova, his subordinates had quite the opposite opinion. Verbal skirmishes and mutual pranks were a daily routine at Duchcov.

The biggest troubles he had were with the local manager, who, along with a servant, even exhibited a defaced portrait of Casanova. This act resulted in the manager being moved to another castle.


Talented Writer

In Duchcov, Casanova was not just involved with intrigues with the staff but also with writing. During this period, he was able to create many works, including his autobiographical novel "History of My Life."

Mainly because of this work, we know that a person like Casanova existed at all. His patron, Albrecht of Wallenstein, also contributed greatly to this, supporting him in his writing activities. Giacomo Casanova died a natural death in his chair in 1798.

If you want to immerse yourself for a moment in the life of this seducer, you can participate in the escape game "The Adventures of Casanova."