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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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All reviews naval museum ship building military area italian navy canal entrance huge numbers venetian empire venice biennale castello district historical background winged lion interesting building much quieter venetian republic contemporary art walk around st mark's square
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Arsenale is in use by the navy, but walking round the outside is interesting, Close by is the Maritime museum and its associated building containing some old superduper gondoliers. Do try it.

Thank alan548
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The walls are impressive and the carvings by the great doors are great works of art. Italian Naval Officers Club, museum...so much there, but still seemingly hidden among the rest of the beautiful old building of Venice.

Thank Smokeynav
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of great buildings and history, probably just visit, tour the place but maybe not stay as lots of tourists. Walk into back streets to find more interesting cafes etc and less expensive. Lots of different places to see and close to most places that...More

Thank MariaBAdelaide
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a little to the east of the island of Venice there is this military complex used through the last centuries

Thank marvinge
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Amazing place where you can feel the spirit of the Serenissima. It’s close to San Marco square but at the same time appears calm and free from tourist hordes. The figures of lions at the entrance to the Arsenal look gigantic and majestic! I fell...More

Thank CatherineBulg
Reviewed 6 October 2018

The Arsenale and the Castello area where my favourite places on this tour of Venice, I would highly recommend to any one visiting Venice for the first time to step away from the crowded tourist areas and stroll the lovely streets in this area.

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Not many tourists in this area. The old Arsenal is beautiful and a nice small square and a bridge. It is beautifully built.

Thank Felix3105
Reviewed 26 September 2018

The side of the arsenal and available equipment are a testimony to the strength of the Venetian Empire at its height. While I am glad the area is preserved, it is surprising that it has not been converted to commercial use.

Thank BSinPNS
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Gorgeous architecture in a very tranquil setting. We strolled around 800 years of history and loved every minute of the experience.

Thank Davyjones2015
Reviewed 29 August 2018

This is also one of those hidden but magical spots in Venice that reminds me of the incredible strength and power of the Venetian people. The Arsenale was one of the dockyards of the Venetian empire, turning out huge numbers of ships and till this...More

Thank Bulqis K
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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
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!