Ca’ Dario or Palazzo Dario – A cursed place in Venice known all over the world. Part One

It is necessary to understand the history of Ca’ Dario and the first and last happenings and to separate real facts from legendary facts, by analyzing true information.

News; Tuesday, December 1st 2015:

I discovered something absolutely EXTRAORDINARY regarding Ca’ Dario

It is not correct to give approximate information trying to say that Ca’ Dario is a “normal” building in Venice. In comparison to Ca’ Dario, I can affirm that Poveglia Island is a kindergarten.


Ca’ Dario in the second half of 1800

A website about crimes in Venice, which I appreciated, told the history about Ca’ Dario and the history of his guests without mentioning and describing facts that truly happened there.

However I have been studying the history of Ca’ Dario discovering facts and connections with other situations or places aiming at having an idea of what I can expect during a possible future investigation and short, medium, or long term effects or rather dangers.

My first question is the following: Why is Ca’ Dario considered as a haunted place? Is it really haunted? Or is it something worse? We will talk about it in the second part…

The answer to the question may be related to the soil: The foundations and the whole building have negative energy, or rather malicious energy. But that is not the only reason…

All those people who owned the building or all those people who stayed in the building for more than 20 days died of illnesses, or committed suicide or murder, in most cases because of bankruptcy, which was the minimum consequence for its owners. We will analyze historical facts related to this building.

In 1486 The Serenissima Republic of Venice gave 1000 ducati (the Venetian money at that time) to Giovanni Dario, secretary of the duchy and ambassador, for the results obtained against the Turkic peoples and considering that he had to prepare the dowry for his daughter Marieta. A great amount of money if we think that a mason had a salary of about  40/50 ducati per year.

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Giovanni Dario in a painting of Gentile Bellini

By using this sum and his savings he managed to curb the expenses he had since 1479, when he commissioned the architect, or sculptor (as someone says), Pietro Lombardo helped by his sons Tullio and Antonio for working at the project of a new building or for renovating a previously existing building, which is called today Ca’ Dario. But this is not clear. However, when Giovanni Dario died, the inheritance and the dowry had been prepared for the daughter Marieta, and for her future husband Vincenzo Barbaro.

In the testament of Marieta written at the age of 26, when she was about to give birth to her child in February 1499, it is not clear if the childbirth mentioned is referred to Giacomo, one of the three sons, or to a son who did not survive:


A part of the testament written by Marieta Dario (see the part underlined in this article)

“I, Marieta, daughter of the late messir Zuan Dario and at present wife of the nobleman messir Vicenzo Barbaro, considering that nothing is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than the hour of death, not wanting to die without a testament so that my affairs are left disordered, sound of mind, intellect and body, but close to childbirth, sent for the undersigned notary of Venice and requested that he make my testament, and after my death that he also complete and confirm it according to the regulations of this city. (…) Always intending that my house, that belonged to my father in the area of San Vido go and must go to my male sons and to their male heirs. And if there are no sons, I want it to go to the daughters, and I do not want that these sons and daughters in any way during their lifetime dispose, sell or pawn it, but (I want it to) remain under the above-mentioned condition”.

The house mentioned in the testament, located in the contrada of San Vio (old San Vido)  is Ca’ Dario, close to the property belonging to Vincenzo Barbaro, which remained their property for 4 generations until the beginning of the XIX century. Someone affirms that it was ceded before the end of 1600, but there are not proofs.

While there are proofs regarding the fact that the Barbaro family ceded the property. Alessandro Barbaro sold Ca’ Dario to an Armenian merchant selling precious stones, Arbit Abdoll, who went into economic decline after becoming the owner of that house. In 1838, Abdoll had to sell Ca’ Dario for a value of 480 Pounds Sterling to the English man Rawdon Brown.

But let’s go back for a while…

When Marieta and her husband got the house, they moved there and something happened: Vincenzo Barbaro, a rich merchant of spices went into economic decline and was killed. Marieta did not commit suicide as many say, but died of a broken heart in 1505 at the age of 32. Also their second son, Giacomo was stabbed to death in Crete around the year 1542; while the first son Gasparo died at the age of 18.


The presumed curse surrounding the building seems to have started from Marieta Dario. Can it be true?


End of the first part

Goodbye everybody


Massimo Rossi


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