Arsenale

sights / Architecture

Arsenale information

Venice , Italy
Address
Street Campo della Tana
Telephone
+390 41 521 88 28
Getting there
ferry Arsenale
More information
www.labiennale.org
Prices
adult €20, reduced €12-16
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Founded in 1104, the Arsenale soon became the greatest medieval shipyard in Europe, home to 300 shipping companies employing up to 16,000 people. Capable of turning out a new galley in a day, it is considered a forerunner of mass industrial production. Though it's closed to the public most of the year, arty types invade the shipyard during Venice's art and architecture Biennales, when it hosts exhibitions and special events.