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The palace was built in the 13th century by the heirs of doge Enrico Dandolo. The palace however suffered near destruction in a fire in 1524.: Federigo Contarini, who bought it in 1440, added two further floors. It was acquired around 1670 by the Farsetti family, who established here an academy in the 18th century. In the early 19th century it was converted into a hotel and in 1926 it became a property of the municipality of Venice.
The lower floors are in Venetian-Byzantine style with a portico with Corinthian columns, similar to that of the nearby Palazzo Loredan. The piano nobile has fifteen arcades connected by a balaustrade. The second floor and the mezzanine are in Renaissance style.
On 27 September 2014, the American film star George Clooney and the British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin were officially married at Ca' Farsetti by Clooney’s friend Walter Veltroni, the former mayor of Rome.
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- Kington, Tom (September 27, 2014). "George Clooney Marries In Venice Ceremony". Sky News. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
- Squires, Nick (September 15, 2014). "George Clooney 'to be married by ex-Rome mayor'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
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