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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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Campo San Biagio Castello 2148, 30122 Venice, Italy
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Just couple hundred metres away from Piazza San Marco you can find Arsenale di Venezia. Really cute place, not too crowded, great for take some good photos. We really enjoy find some nice parts in Venice without too much people and this is one of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank black_jack
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This offers a nice look at Venetian history that is less well-traveled. Well worth the walk. Definitely recommend.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this area of Venice; the Arsenal has a ton of history, and is in fabulous condition for its age. It is not so touristy as a lot of Venice, and is a good place to wander and enjoy the weather and scenery.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank LakeIslandGirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to walk to and visit in Venice. We were so surprised by it. A naval museum, right on bank of the canal, and such a great way to learn the naval history of Venice.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank julierlynch
Reviewed August 11, 2019

Went to view the bridge and surrounding areas and found this beautiful buildings and small bridge, steeped in history ,sat and had a lovely coffee to admire the scenery.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Dave B
Reviewed July 25, 2019

Completely different from the always crowded San Marco. It’s nice and quiet outside the biennale days and the surroundings are just as picturesque or perhaps even more than the typical route. Also some good not too expensive restaurants nearby. Come here to relax and enjoy...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed July 13, 2019 via mobile

This is a huuuuuge area, originally a shipyard, covering about 80 acres. It was built in the 15th century for building ships and equipping them with weapons. At that time, the 16,000 workers of the shipyard could build a ship in ONE day. Now it...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank NesligulD
Reviewed July 6, 2019

We found this area to be quieter than many of the more touristy parts of Venice. We enjoyed walking through this area looking up the history of some of the buildings, understanding the part the area played in the Venetian navy and viewing some of...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank manswa
Reviewed July 4, 2019

We passed this from the outside, and it's certainly interesting, and maintains its spot in Venice's history.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Mark42139
Reviewed July 1, 2019

We saved this place for last thinking that it would be less touristy than some of the other popular places around Venice. We were disappointed that we could only see the outside of the building. While the outside is beautiful we were hoping to learn...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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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
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February 5, 2017|
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Response from Minerva H | Reviewed this property |
It seems you will be out of luck for visiting the interior of the Arsenale. They are only open during Biennale (as of 13 May, to 26 Nov 2017). Close by is the interesting Naval History Museum (Castello), incl Peggy... More
February 5, 2017|
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Response from AlexiaPR | Reviewed this property |
I think so but take a look in advance because its not open every day or any time. In fact i think they open it few times than any regular attraction so triple check before getting there.
February 17, 2016|
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Response from c4pl | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but we went for the Bienale. My sense is that visiting at any time, even without the art fair, would be worth the time and effort. April will be less crowded. Enjoy your trip!