Venice in the Moonlight- Elizabeth McKenna

As a lover of Venice, this book captured my interest from the outset. The fact it was set in the 18th century during Carnevale only added to the allure and by weaving in historical characters so closely linked with the city in Foscari and Casanova, there was both a real sense of magic and history in the tale.

The only thing preventing a five star rating was that I found the idea of Marietta’s night-time excursions into the homes of some of the wealthiest men in Venice slightly implausible, although I acknowledge that this did add to the intrigue of the story.

The other main theme, that of her encounters with Nico, I found completely compelling. The way the two themes interlinked as the story progressed added to the suspense and enjoyment and for once in tales like this, the ending did not prove a disappointment.

A thoroughly enjoyable read!

Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps- Kathleen Ann Gonzalez

As a huge lover of Venice, I’m always looking for places off the well-beaten tourist trail, as these give much more of an insight into the real Venice and the lives of its inhabitants. This book doubles as both a history lesson and a guide book, as a series of walking tours reveal not only hidden corners of this incredible city, but also take the reader back in time to the days of Casanova, offering a fascinating insight into his life, loves and escapades!