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Cà d'Zan Mansion, Sarasota
(4.8/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
In 1924, the circus king John Ringling set out to build Cà d'Zan Mansion 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 Cà d'Zan Mansion and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sarasota attractions using our Sarasota travel itinerary maker.
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TripAdvisor
  • To fully appreciate late 19th early 20th Century newly earned wealth this is the home to visit. If it wasn't for the untimely death of the owner the place would have been sold at auction to cover his ...  more »
  • The estate is beautifully designed and decorated. The preservation efforts are remarkable too. Unfortunately, our experience was tarnished due to being approached to pay an additional fee to see the u...  more »
  • Q: What is Ca d'Zan? A: House of John! This beautiful restored mansion was his home, built for his wife, Mable. When he died, it was left to the state of Florida along with the museum and other attrac...  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning, I'm glad the state decided to restore it... Only thing that I wish is that the your guide were a little more helpful, and I would love to see them dressed for the times. If you have been to the Biltmore and loved it you will love it here... The private your is worth the money.
  • It's a beautiful mansion to tour. The only thing I wish I knew was that to view the other levels was an additional charge. We only got to see the first floor but it was still beautiful.
  • An absolute jem. A beautiful house, full of history, personal drama and very atmospheric. The decents are knowledgeable and friendly. The views are to die for. Love this place.
  • Great local history lesson and beautiful and gaudy mansion with terrific view! Coolest banyan trees on estate.
  • Beautifully restored in early 2000. Appears in Great Expectations. Take the tour. Great experience.