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Arsenale di Venezia

Campo San Biagio Castello 2148, 30122 Venice, Italy
41 2441 399
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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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“naval museum” (16 reviews)
“naval power” (7 reviews)
“italian navy” (6 reviews)
Campo San Biagio Castello 2148, 30122 Venice, Italy
41 2441 399
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Out of the center of this busy town, the Arsenal is quieter and a bit more local energy than places near S.Marco square, and the Rialto bridge, which is so crowded you cannot barely walk across it. Arsenals has a much more local feel and...More

Thank judith l
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited Stockholm last year and saw a model of the lion in this square that has Viking graffiti on it from when the lion was in Istanbul.

Thank chasetravelers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow site from the outside which is all you can do as it is military complex. The sculptures and architecture are amazing and well preserved. The Bienalle de Venezia is here and worth at least 2 days of your life!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great for the biennale of contemporary art. I would not go just for the venue; But for the art fair: yes!

Thank j a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the surrounding architecture is stunning I was disappointed to find that as it is still a working naval base, you are NOT permitted to go inside the Arsenale. This is understandable however, it is not made clear on local maps of the area and...More

Thank Zoë B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is not worth the money. It has 4 halls with exhibits that are in bad repair. The views through the fire doors (if open) into the Naval dockyard are far more interesting than the museum but you are not allowed to visit.

1  Thank STEVE A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The arsenal was the first place we visited this trip to Venice since we stayed in this area (only 3 mins walk away). All the signs indicated that this is still an Italian navy base, so we couldn't enter to see more behind the gated...More

1  Thank SunnyCloudyRainy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed the inside and the outside particularly the museum with the Doges Barge and Victor Emmanuel's launch!

Thank peterscarff
Reviewed 11 August 2017

This lovely area is so serene and quietly beautiful Featured in the movie "The Tourist". It is away from the touristy area and just lovely to be able to enjoy and take clear photos of the area.

Thank Agedwoman
Reviewed 6 August 2017

More peaceful area of Venice, impressive architecture and nice wooded area and cafes to explore. Some good small shops and bars.

Thank moomintroll_10
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
neighbourhood 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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5 February 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
5 February 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.
17 February 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!