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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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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
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 Guggenheim's gondola. There is enough to see in Venice, you will have to come back again for the Arsenale!