Located just outside Tampa in the Sarasota Bay, The Ringling
boasts a historic mansion, art museum, circus museum, historic theatre and library. John Ringling, one of five brothers who founded and owned the touring Ringling Brothers circus act, entered ‘The Roaring Twenties’ as one of America’s wealthiest men. In 1911, John and his wife Mable purchased the property and built Mable’s Italian
style fantasy home – a Venetian Gothic house replicated after the palazzi in Venice, Italy, with Sarasota Bay serving as the Grand Canal. Today, the museum is home to Ringling’s personal collection of art, including Velazquez, Poussin, van Dyke, Rubens and a bronze cast of Michelangelo’s David.