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Arsenale di Venezia

Campo San Biagio Castello 2148, 30122 Venice, Italy
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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” (17 reviews)
“naval power” (7 reviews)
“ship building” (5 reviews)
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Campo San Biagio Castello 2148, 30122 Venice, Italy
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"naval museum"
in 17 reviews
"naval power"
in 7 reviews
"ship building"
in 5 reviews
"entrance gate"
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"venice biennale"
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"tourist hordes"
in 3 reviews
"castello district"
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"interesting building"
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"great place to see"
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"venetian republic"
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"contemporary art"
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"worth a visit"
in 9 reviews
"st mark's square"
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"walk around"
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"st marks"
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"venetian history"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First off let me start by saying I broke my own rule when visiting this place, I did no prior fact finding. I really, really wish I had. With a name like the Arsenale I assumed that it would be a military museum. Oh how...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a chance to go into the Arsenal and see places not open to the public. It was a bit of a mind trip as you had to wrap your head around how old the buildings were and what was happening in history when...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Yes, this is used by the Italian navy, but considering its extraordinary history, there should be something provided for those who want to see and learn more. The museum that was advertised as open was closed on the day I set aside to go there....More

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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

Came here during the Biennalle, saw some incredibly beautiful exhibits within this beautiful long hall space

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Reviewed 10 December 2017

It's an enormous site with fantastic large buildings all dating back many, many years. Well worth visiting if you can get in - the architecture and engineering on such a scale are both well worth seeing as is the enclosed dock area and old, dilapidated...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2017

How lucky to get the chance to walk around INSIDE the walls of the Arsenale on this visit as its only open to the public when the Biennale season is on and we caught the very last few days of opening. It's huge inside covering...More

Thank lagoon44
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

The old historic buildings come alive for the Biennale when they are full to overflowing with some of the best contemporary art from around the world. It is fascinating both to see the art on show and also to explore the historic buildings and the...More

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

The Arsenale, in the Castello district is the old Venetian navel port. In its heyday it had over 6000 people working there, and they could build a galley in 24 hours !!

Thank Ossie D
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Having braved the crowds of St Marks Square on a busy Saturday afternoon we decided to walk to the Arsenale. Walking along the front was very pleasant taking us away from the hustle and bustle of the more touristy part of Venice. The walk is...More

Thank Stephen F
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Most magical space, the builders of this former shipbuilding factory anticipated the bi-annual art event. Perfect together

Thank James A
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Castello
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
...More
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Scamper56
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
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horse54101
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.
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75mARTa
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!
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