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Review of Ca d'Zan Mansion

Ca d'Zan Mansion
Ranked #4 of 148 things to do in Sarasota
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Owner description: Ca' d'Zan is one of the venues at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The home of the circus king and his wife, a couple from humble mid-western origins, Ca’ d’Zan stands as a testament to the American Dream of the Roaring Twenties. Inspired by and designed in the Venetian Gothic style of the palazzos that ring the Venice canals, this dazzling palatial mansion perfectly captures the splendor and romance of the Italy the Ringlings so loved. Please visit ringling.org for Ca' d'Zan tour times and admission info.
Reviewed May 8, 2013

John and Mabel Ringling are synonymous with what Sarasota is all about. Go ahead, spend an entire day at this institution a true landmark, Circus and art museums, to the Mable's rose garden to the Ca d'Zan mansion. The gorgeous park setting alone is worth the visit. BTW both eateries are great in their own way.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The home and setting are simply spectacular and make you feel like you are stepping back in time. Not to be missed when visiting Sarasota.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

very unique and original home in a magnificent setting.
The staff are knowledgeable and accomodating.

Thank John G
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

With the Ringling compound containing both a museum of art and a circus museum, it is easy to overlook the family mansion located towards the back area of the grounds on the bay. However, you would be doing yourself a disservice.

The furnishings and decorations that Mable Ringling incorporated into the mansion are very ornate and somewhat eccentric, with its Venice influence, plush draperies, colored tile, and the constant inclusion of Mable's Favorite color green with much of the decor.

You can engage in a self guided tour to view some of the rooms on the ground floor. But if you have the opportunity ( and 5 extra dollars) I would recommend the Docent - Led tour. This will give you access to the second floor which include John and Mable's separate bedrooms, a view of the bathtub created from one large piece of marble and most importantly a highly detailed history of the mansion, including the struggles the State of Florida encountered involving restoration and renovation.

I must admit, however, that the aspect of the Ca d'Zan Mansion that had the greatest impact on my visit was the bayfront terrace. The back of the mansion sits right on the water containing a humongous terrace made of marble. WHAT. A. VIEW. You cannot keep yourself from wanting to sit in one of the available patio chairs to partake of the view and relax for a while.

I strongly recommend that you take an hour or two and visit the Ca d'Zan.

Thank Koridawn
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I know that is a strange way to describe it, but all of the windows are various colors of light blue, purple and green - and it's beautiful when you are in the house. It also makes for fabulous photos on the outside of the house. It's worth paying to see the upper floors of this home, which are essentially the bedrooms. I can't even describe how transported you feel when you look out from the home to the plaza and dock on the ocean. All details are stunning. If you are a photographer, plan to spend a lot of time here getting your perfect shot.

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