Arsenale di Venezia
Arsenale di Venezia
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In 1473, the Senate in Venice ordered the building of the Arsenale Nuovissino, in order to have a safe shed to store weapons and boats that would always be available in case of war.
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Neighborhood: Castello
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighborhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,268 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
During the winter this area still retains the feel of an Italian city, with life going on - people shopping, gossiping, drinking aperol. Clothing drying on washlines. The gardens are unremarkable but the old fortress-arsenal buildings are picturesque.
Written January 14, 2024
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SmileyKay
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,423 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
A complex of former shipyards where only military personnel has entrance rights. However, if you want to avoid the crowds in San Marco, this is a quiet, lovely area that you can visit anytime. And the main gate (with its towers) has a spectacular architecture - go and see for yourself : )
Written September 13, 2020
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece4,515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
One friend lost his passport and we had to get to the Greek Embassy to replace it. So we visited and enjoyed the area and the quietness.
Written November 7, 2019
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Jo_Bill
Plymouth, UK359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The only way I know of getting into the Arsenale for the general public is during the Venice Biennale (June - November, odd years) when it is used for the installation art. Some of the art is more than a little weird but the interior of the Arsenale is amazing - vast emptiness with occasional traces of old machinery.
Written July 10, 2008
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MartinC1965
Washington, UK161 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
First off let me start by saying I broke my own rule when visiting this place, I did no prior fact finding.
I really, really wish I had.

With a name like the Arsenale I assumed that it would be a military museum. Oh how wrong was I. At €50 entry for the both of us I was expecting something very impressive.

What I got was endless buildings full of rubbish and randomly placed items.

Now granted I am not an art lover and most certainly not one of so called modern artists.

I should sell the contents of my garage I would be a millionaire.

Absolutely terrible.
Written January 27, 2018
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markdenning30
Bedford, UK222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014
Great place to walk around. Just the walls and the statues outside add to the feel of the place. Museum not open when we strolled by but would definitely look to go around next time. And loads of lions...... :)
Written December 2, 2014
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Ronald B
The Hague, The Netherlands2,271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
The best way to visit Arsenale is during a Biënnale. Magnificent mediëval architecture. Don't miss it! Every Biennali visit is s great experience.
Written May 29, 2022
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lianath
Olsztyn, Poland91 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I would really like to give a better feedback, but simply cannot. Why???? Because it seems virtually impossible to get there. I did find some contact details to Biennale Venezia, which was suppose to led some tours inside according to the website. The contact was awful and 3 of 4 messages were simply unanswered. It is a real pity.
Written August 19, 2020
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Joshua S
New York City, NY56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Even the many who are not art enthusiasts should visit. The exhibit is different than in most museums. Here there are generally several works by each artist spatially laid out. The show focuses primarily on third world artists and artist addressing issues of race, gender etc. It is smart and informative.
Written May 25, 2019
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MoreTravelSoon
San Francisco, CA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Arsenale is the site where, in the late middle-ages and early modern times, the Republic of Venice was capable of assembling ONE warship per DAY. (Yes, it was the earliest assembly line factory, centuries before Henry Ford.) It covers, I believe, about 20% of the area of Venice but, because it still is an active post of the Italian Navy and Coast Guard, it is off limits to us mere mortals.

Except for every other year during the multi-months long Biennale art event in Venice when the facilities, warehouses etc., are being used for art exhibitions and paying visitors can wander through the medieval parts of the Arsenale that are hosting the exhibits. It's a wonderful experience to see art in such magnificent settings.

The Biennale takes place every other year and alternates between modern art and architecture and has its own park area in addition to taking over a substantial part of the Arsenale space.

It's a great place for history and architecture fans, as well as for art lovers. The place is also appropriate for children, but under supervision, to be treated as a gallery or museum experience with great outdoors
Written March 4, 2019
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