Ca’ d’Oro is one of the most iconic palazzo along the Grand Canal, with it’s beautiful blend of Moorish and Renaissance motifs and style. A style known as Venetian Gothic. If it looks so beautiful now, one can only imagine what it would have looked like when it was first built and covered in gold and lapis. But beautiful on the outside doesn’t mean beautiful on the inside. In the begining of the 19th Century the ballet dancer Marie Taglioni totally made over the inside, removing walls and all of the original features of the building. How sad! Taglioni is interesting – she was the first ballet dancer to dance on pointe for the full length of a whole ballet. Fortnately the next owner and last owner, a Baron Franchetti, tried to restore some features. He bequeathed the palazzo and his collection of artworks to the city and it now is an art gallery.