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“Beautiful spot in Venice” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Arsenale di Venezia

Arsenale di Venezia
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Owner description: 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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“Beautiful spot in Venice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

We walked around Venice and my friend took me to this place as it's called Arsenale. Just because I support Arsenal football team LOL. But it's a great surpirse! The place is actually beautiful and not so many people around. We found it very pleasant and glad we came here.

Visited April 2013
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“Away from the maddening crowds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Leave the crowds behind and enter into a quite slower pace area of the city.

Arsanale was first built in 1104 this shipyard it was the largish shipyard complex in the world in the 14th century which employed over 16000 workers. It was at the forefront of maritime construction, and could make a warship in a single day. Shipbuilders like the Castellani family worked here, noticeable by their yellow hats.

The main gate is very impressive, and lets you see the former spender of the boatyard. The Porta Magna was built in about 1460, it was the first classical structure to be built in the city by Andrea Gambella. Surround by walls the site today is abandoned.

The two huge lions guarding the entrance gate were pillaged from Piraeus in Greece,the third lion bald and sitting upright if you look carefully has inscriptions on his feet. The winged lion (the symbol of Venice)is over the doorway.

Visited February 2013
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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“Quieter area, beautiful building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

This is in a much quieter corner of Venice, a short walk along from the busier San Marco.
You can't go in the Arsenale as it is still a military base, but its worth a few photos and a walk around the area.
Visit the Naval History Museum nearby - well worth the EUR 1.55

Visited March 2013
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“A beautiful stop off Vaparetto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

This great fortress is a memorial of the war heros from Venice, and the perfect stop to sightsee many other places of interest off the Vaparetto line.

Visited December 2012
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“Away from the tourist hordes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

What I like best about this area is that is one of the few places this close to St. Mark's where there are very few tourists. Walk around and get a taste of the "real" Venice where the locals live and work. There are kids playing in the squares while their mothers schmooze with each other, and wash hangs between buildings. You cannot get lost because sooner or later you will get to water.

Visited March 2013
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