Arsenal of Venice

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The power of the Venetian Republic depended on the Arsenale for 700 years. Built in the early 12C, at the height of the crusades, the huge complex is encircled by walls worthy of a fortress. Its size (15% of the city's surface) and rich history (first example of mass-production of vessels in history) make the site remarkable. While it cannot be visited, the Arsenale has two main entrances: one sea-facing, the other land bound, on the campo, marked by an imposing Renaissance portal.

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Address:

Riva C'a di Dio, 30122 Venezia

Opening hours

Some sections of the Arsenal are open to visitors on events, exhibitions and concerts, in particular for the Biennale

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Castello: the Venetians' Venice!

You may feel the urge to put some distance between yourself and the jam-packed Piazza San Marco. Rest assured, life continues as normal in the Venetians' Venice, for example in Castello, a bustling working-class district fifteen minutes east of the Piazza San Marco. In the biggest and most highly populated of Venice's six sestieri (districts), washing still hangs out to dry at the windows, the elderly quietly go about their shopping, and bambini play football in the streets.
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