The Ca' d' Oro is the most celebrated palazzo on the Grand Canal; a fabulous Gothic palace which used to gleam with gold. It was built between 1420 and 1434 for a rich Venetian, Marino Contarini. It is still a breathtaking sight.
Grand Canal - Venice, Italy Palazzo Contarini-Polignac - Doges were from this family. The Polignacs, later owners, hosted the likes of the painter John Singer Sargent and Pablo Picasso and the writer Marcel Proust.