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“Beautiful!”
Review of Ca d'Zan Mansion

Ca d'Zan Mansion
Ranked #3 of 143 things to do in Sarasota
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Leesburg, Florida
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91 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

It's beautiful! Ca'd'Zan, or House of John, is a palatial tribute to the palazzos of Venice. It's 36,000 sq ft and five stories. For our tour, we only paid to see the first two floors. The main floor includes living, entertaining and dining areas and the Ringlings private bedrooms as well as five guest bedrooms are on the second floor along with the servants’ quarters. My favorite room was the ballroom, it has a very ornate ceiling, showing images of dancing couples from around the world in their native attire. A crystal chandelier from the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel hangs in the living room above a black and white marble tiled floor, breathtaking. At the time, the Ringlings were one of America’s wealthiest couples and they built this as their winter home. Mable apparently oversaw every aspect of it. They started building it 1924 and completed it shortly before Christmas in 1926. At the time it cost $1.5 million to build. Sadly, they only enjoyed a short time here, as after only three years after its completion, Mable died from Addison’s disease and the complications of diabetes. It's said that she kept the seriousness of her disease from John so that he would not worry. This place is phenomenal and a perfect glimpse into the way the richest lived in the 20’s!

Visited July 2014
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Bradenton, Florida
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“My reason why I moved to the area!”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

As a young teen in the 70's I found this beautiful place to visit....I am 56 years old now and when I chose to move to Florida...I chose a place close to this home because I fell in love with it's beautiful grounds and the home and history and all of the arts that this place offers to the public.

Visited June 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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114 reviews
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“The "house of John" is beautiful.”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

A trip to the Ringling Art Museum, the Circus Museum and the Ca d'Zan Mansion is truly one of the highlights of Sarasota's many beautiful sights. Don't miss them.

Visited January 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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“In love with the Ca'd'Zan”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I absolutely LOVE the Ca'd'Zan! We paid extra for the private places tour and it is well worth it. The view from the tower is breathtaking! So much culture and history. Even the views from the terrace are amazing. Could spend all day here. Absolutely beautiful!

Visited May 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Always an open door”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

You can take the self guided first floor tour as part of your admission but I highly recommend the docent tour to include the second floor. Spend a bit more time and extra money for the special places tour to see the third floor and bell tower.

Visited July 2014
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