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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
  • We bought the extra ticket at ringling museum to take a tour of Ca d'Zan. Very interesting to learn about John and Mable Ringling and their lives. Their home must have been unbelievable when they live...  more »
  • The house is beautiful and it has been carefully maintained. The glass windows are my favorite part. I would probably not go again, but it is neat to see. 
  • A magnificent story of wealth from the 1920s. John Ringling built a masterpiece for his residence. History buffs and anyone who loves architecture, quality construction and rare items in furniture and...  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.