Heartthrobs of Italy's Past and Present

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In a Land of Passion and Beauty, Romance is King

Italy is the land of senses: rich in sumptuous architecture, bountiful meals, soul-felt music and heavenly art. It is run by passion, overflowing with gusto for life, beauty and love. From Puccini’s operas to dreamy canals of Venice, to Italy’s favorite chocolate (Baci, which translate as kisses), there’s one theme that strings the nation together: romance. Blame it on the influence of Mediterranean culture or the dreamy landscape, but there’s no denying that many Italians seem to have romance written in their DNA. These Latin lovers not only love women, but are admired by le donne as well. Here’s a list of some of the most illustrious men in Italy’s romantic history.



This Venetian eighteenth century playboy had it all- dashing looks, suave style, friends in high places (Russia’s Catherine the Great and Voltaire) and a sharp intellect (he even published mathematical treaties!). His life was anything but dull. A stream of random jobs as a priest, musician, writer and Inquisition spy brought this eighteenth century heartthrob traveling across Europe, with long sojourns in Spain, Paris, Czech Republic and Russia – an amazing feat for someone of his time! However, let’s face the facts, Casanova’s fame lives on thanks to his autobiography that secured his reputation as the ultimate lover of women. His saucy escapades and encounters with over 130 women are chronicled in shocking detail throughout 12 volumes of his life story. In fact, the first uncensored version of this spicy tale emerged in 1960. Since then, the public’s interest has only grown and Casanova’s amorous adventures have become immortalized.