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Last updated at 15:44 GMT, Friday, 10 January 2014

Downsizing for Italy's Casanovas

Casanova with lots of women (from a BBC TV drama)

Being a Casanova costs a lot of money

Some Italian men are known as Casanovas. They woo - or chase - women and buy them expensive gifts.

But now, because of the economic downturn, some of them are struggling to live up to the reputation they once had.

Rob and Finn - non-Casanovas - discuss the cutbacks these men are making and what it means for their mistresses, or their 'secret women'.

This week's question:

Which Italian city was Giacomo Girolamo Casanova born in? Is it:

a) Florence

b) Rome

c) Venice

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


Downsizing for Italy's Casanovas

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persuading someone to have sex with you


having lots of sexual partners

to woo

to try and start a romantic relationship


fashionable and expensive


making smaller or cutting back


(here) woman who is having a sexual relationship with a married man

Latin lover

a stereotypical way to describe a romantic and passionate male lover from a Mediterranean or Latin-American country

rein in

control or limit something that has developed too much


gave someone a lot of something, such as money

go Dutch

to pay just for your own food and drink when eating with other people

window shopping

(here) looking at women but without planning to try to develop a relationship

eyeing up

looking at someone with sexual interest


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