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Ca' d'Zan, Sarasota

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Historic Site
In 1924, the circus king John Ringling set out to build Ca' d'Zan as a palace fit for a man of his status. Completed in 1926 and situated at the Sarasota waterfront, the mansion stands as the symbol of the Roaring Twenties, and John Ringling’s rise from a humble background to the very top of the social ladder. The design is inspired by Doge’s Palace in Venice, and captures John’s and his wife Mable’s love for the city. The couple spared no expenses to fit their house with fine furniture and artwork, as well as materials such as mahogany, rosewood, and kingwood. Handpicked American and European artists created murals, plaster and marble decorations. After decades of neglect, in 2002 the mansion was restored back to its full splendor. An admission to the Ringling Museum of Art also includes a quick tour of the mansion’s first floor, while additional fee is required for a detailed tour of the house. Plan to visit Ca' d'Zan and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sarasota attractions using our Sarasota travel itinerary maker.
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TripAdvisor
  • This beautiful house, or palace, was build as private residence for john and Mabel Ringling. Is modeled after a Venetian palace and you can visit as part of the museum. Very interesting visit. Next to...  more »
  • Amazing house! We were on two of the floors during this tour. There is another tour offered that is a little more expansive. The furnishings are beautiful as is the art work. I can only imagine the fa...  more »
  • This requires an additional fee to the Ringling museum tour.The next time we visit we'll upgrade to the full package tour.  more »
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  • We did both tours of the home and enjoyed it immensely. The hidden places tours takes you to very interesting parts of the house and to be honest the roof top views alone are worth it. Definitely recommend taking both tours!
  • Very interesting place. Would love to go back to see what we didn't get to see in the day we spent there!
  • The mansion that John and Mable Ringling built on Sarasota Bay as their winter home. The house is styled after homes they saw in Venice Italy. Beautifully restored and gifted to the state of Florida, this is a must see for anyone visiting Sarasota.
  • Beautiful mansion and grounds. The docent Sally was very informative and helpful. Plan to spend time walking the grounds and paying respects to the Ringlings who are buried there.
  • Fantastical Venetian Gothic mansion on Sarasota Bay. Gives you some sense of the fabulous life the Ringlings lead during the roaring twenties. Welcoming bayside patio with umbrellas and chairs invites you to sit back, relax and while away an hour or two.