The Arsenale

Tour Description

Its name derives from the Arabic Dār al-ṣināʿa, which became the Venetian word arzanà; this was the main “industrial area” of the city, the main boatyard where commercial vessels and war ships were built under State control. It was the jealously guarded key to Venice’s power and wealth: a huge area, around 1/10th of Venice, where up to 3000 arsenalotti — specialized skilled workers ­­– were employed. Today, the part which has become municipal property is open to the public, though much is still under renovation and repurposing of many of its great buildings. We will also be able to ascend the Porta Nuova tower, and enjoy the breathtaking view.

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