Getting Around Venice: Naval Arsenal and its history

Getting Around Venice: Naval Arsenal and its history

The Arsenal of Venice, located in the eastern part of the city, is a collection of shipyards and workshops with an ancient history behind it: its origin dates back to the beginning of the 12th century and would appear to be the first project conceived as an “industrial area”; its name derives from the Arabic word “daras-sina’ah”, house of industry. The first galleys were created from the Arsenal, fundamental for the victory of Lepanto in 1571.

The “Arsenalotti” were in thousands and all worked in a specific sector: the organization was rigid and well composed, with established sections such as the sawmills and the ports used to build the hulls of the ships, the ropes where different types of ropes were produced , the foundries for anchors and cannons and finally the pavilions where the sails and oars were made. It was a real industry with lots of internal and external warehouses where the cereals were kept and where the Galletta was made, a very resistant type of bread, which was preserved for long periods and therefore suitable for feeding the crews during long journeys. Overall, Torre della Campanella stands out (destroyed and rebuilt following the original prints) which played twice a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon so as to mark the rhythms of the day, accompanied also by the distribution of a good glass of wine.

Charming and fascinating, a location not to be missed!


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