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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” (5 reviews)
Campo San Biagio Castello 2148, 30122 Venice, Italy
41 2441 399
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was another surprise find in Venice for us, we had never ventured this far beyond St Mark's Square before, it was impressive to find such a wide open space in Venice. For centuries ships and armory were being manufactured here in the Arsenale, it...More

Thank kpiddy
Reviewed 6 days ago

Past San Marco on the vaporetto line, then down the street a bit - but worth the effort. Venice was the world's shipbuilder, and this small museum has a collection of everything from the pope's gondola to a funeral gondola, with a few war ships...More

Thank D R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having just read John Julius Norwich's incredible 1400 year history of Venice, a visit to the Arsenale was one of my first stops in Venice.This is were all of Venices famous galleys were built by which it ruled the adriatic and traded as far as...More

Thank hpcooney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Naval museum that is presently closed for renovation. A few ships ranging from World War I vessels to a Bucintoro (state barge) can be seen in the attached section where large boats are stored.

Thank S H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A range of art at this show. Some stunners - and a few not so good. But a great place to walk and view art from a range of countries and individuals.

Thank Jacqueline B
Reviewed 15 June 2017

You can only view the facade as its a part of the italian navy base and so there is no access to the public. The arsenale is also only a small part of what is was like at is height as it was largely destroyed...More

1  Thank David R
Reviewed 11 June 2017

So small yet was the largest producing ship builders yard in Europe. proves that looks can be deceiving, it boasts that it could out produce ship building(wooden) any country in the then world and it did, this is one reason for lack of trees around...More

Thank LairdandLady4
Reviewed 9 June 2017

How did they make all of those ships to conquer the Mediterranean and Eastern trade in such a relatively small space?

Thank Francis C
Reviewed 22 May 2017

So secret that even Dante couldn't visit at the height of it's power! No building could be more than 2 storeys lest they looked over walls ! Even the priest could not hold key to Bell Tower!

Thank vfoulser
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Very nice for a night walking. Very interesting for people who loves see. Close to Vaporetto and s Marco

Thank Alessandro A
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!