Cà Dario Venice

Chilling curse

Palazzo Cà Dario Venice is one of the most beautiful buildings overlooking the Grand Canal on which hangs since ancient times a chilling curse, the unwary owners are likely to end up on the streets or die of a violent death.

The building has a lot of colored marbles that decorate the facade in Renaissance style. After a static settling, the façade of the building is visibly tilted to the left which gives it a disturbing appearance. For its beauty was chosen by Claude Monet as the subject of his paintings, as well as it struck the interest of John Ruskin who described the decorations in his famous book “The Stones of Venice”.

Misfortune at Cà Dario Venice

The building was built in 1479 by Pietro Lombardo on behalf of the owner Giovanni Dario, secretary of the Senate of the Republic of Venice. His daughter, Marietta, married Vincenzo Barbaro and Palazzo remained in the hands of Barbaro’s family until the nineteenth century. Misfortune began soon; Giovanni Dario lost in little time his political influence; afterwards his suffered a terrible financial collapse. Marietta died after falling into disgrace the family, rumors say that she had broken heart or maybe she committed suicide, and her father and her husband died just after.

Ca’ Dario was sold by the Barbaro family in the early nineteenth century to a wealthy Armenian diamond dealer Arbit Abdoll, who, not losing sight of the curse, just after the ill-advised purchase went bankrupt and died in disgrace.

Rawdon Brown, the British scientist, became owner of the building in 1832 ended up on the streets in 1842 and thereafter committed suicide, as well as his lover.

Between the late ‘800 and early 900’s, Charles Briggs had the unfortunate idea of buying this cursed building, he was forced to flee from Venice on charges of homosexuality (at the time a crime) and Henry De Reigner, fell ill two years after purchasing it and was forced to return to France.

In ‘900, the curse does not end and continues to our days. Not only the owners die from suicide or are killed in it: anyone who buys anything seems to happen something bad wherever he/she is.

In the late 70’s a heinous crime was accomplished within the walls of Ca’ Dario: giordano delle Lanze was killed by his lover in a room of the palace.

Christoph Lambert, manager of The Who, soon after having bought the Palace, died in London in mysterious circumstances.

Mario del Monaco, a famous tenor, nearly died in a terrible car accident while he was going to Venice to conclude the sale of the Palace that did not buy.

Fabrizio Ferrari, a Venetian businessman, did not die but he almost lost his considerable fortune after taking office in Ca’ Dario.

The famous industrial Raoul Gardini, involved in tax frode, was one of the last owner of the Venetian palace, he committed suicide.

At the beginning of 2000, even Woody Allen was interested in buying it but he gave it up.

Today the palace is known as “the house that kills”.