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The word arsenale derives from the Arabic dar sina'a, meaning 'house of industry': the industry, and efficiency, of Venice's Arsenale was legendary: the...


Museo dell'Istituto Ellenico

Attractions, Museums

The adjacent church of San Giorgio dei Greci was a focal point for the Greek community, which was swollen by refugees after the Turkish capture of...

Castello 3412

Oratorio dei Crociferi


Founded in the 13th century by Doge Renier Zeno, the oratory is a sort of primitive scuola, with the familiar square central meeting hall but without the...

Cannaregio 4905

Palazzo Fortuny

Art, Attractions

This charming 15th-century palazzo, which belonged to Spanish fashion designer Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949), has been undergoing restoration and...

San Marco 3780

Palazzo Grassi


This superbly - though boringly - regular 18th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal was bought in 2005 from the Italian car maker Fiat by French billionaire...

San Marco 3231

Scala Contarini del Bòvolo


Follow the signs for the Scala del Bòvolo from campo Manin and you will emerge in a narrow courtyard entirely dominated by this elegant Renaissance spiral...

San Marco 4299

Telecom Italia Future Centre


The 16th-century cloisters of the monastery of San Salvador underwent a thorough restoration in the 1980s, to provide a showcase for the latest offerings of...

San Marco 4826