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Address: Campo San Biagio Castello 2148, 30122 Venice, Italy
Phone Number:
41 2441 399

In 1473, the Senate in Venice ordered the building of the Arsenale...

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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Fascinating History all around.

Somewhat out of the way, but really worthwhile visiting. The history of Naval power and construction is fascinating. And the importance of Venice as a Regional Power in History... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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sydney, australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Somewhat out of the way, but really worthwhile visiting. The history of Naval power and construction is fascinating. And the importance of Venice as a Regional Power in History and exploration is an eye-opener for history buffs. Much to absorb.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I, together with son (in pram) were going to go all the way around the Venice. On the way, we knew we will see Arsenal. Unfortunately, we did not know, that there is no entrance for civilians. In any case, what we could see, was enough. I looks great. Also we had a coffee in coffee shop... More 

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Thurso, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Inside and out this is an amazing place! If you do no more than enjoy the Lions at the main gate that is a joy! If you get inside during the biennale then look at the building and think of its history. If you are in Venice when the Festival Historical is on (Sept.)then start your day at the Arsenale,... More 

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Christiansted, St. Croix
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a maritime nation, Venice needed the facilities to build ships and armaments. The Arsenale is the place. Easy to reach by vaporetto Line 1.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great way to escape the crowds - take a walk to the Arsenale. Not quite as much to see, but it's still interesting. Often closed and it might only be possible to glimpse the exterior.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful from the outside. The entrance is really beautiful. Worth a visit - make sure you plan this one because it is not always open.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent site to visit. To bad that you can't visit the inside (except for the Navy museum) because the location is very interesting. Nice place to visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

If you are in Venice on 4 November you can have a rare glimpse inside the Arsenale, the Venetian Republic old shipyard. This is the armed forces national day and the Italian navy, which occupies a fair share of this large complex, opens the ancient doors and lets you walk inside the walls. There are dry and wet docks, a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Quite a contrast to the extravagance of the palaces in Venice, the former shipyards and armouries of the Arsenale were the industrial heart of Venice’s naval power as a trading nation. Construction originally began around 1104, today the buildings are of different ages but provide a fascinating link back to the industrial side of Venice. Red-brick industrial buildings with classical... More 

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Koloa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We only viewed this site from the outside as we passed by, but reading about it has left me wishing we had taken a tour. Today the Arsenale looks serene and stately, like a private marina protected by thick castle walls. This is quite a contrast to descriptions of what it was like in its early days of the 14th-16th... More 

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