The Arsenale in Venice remained an object of interest and frustration to me. I had glimpses of parts of it during the Biennale, but there was no one to tell me the stories, to make the structures come alive. Several visits to the Naval Museum helped to fill some of the gaps, but I really yearned to know what it was like during its days of activity.
Walking along a calle in Castello, I looked up to see this portion of the external wall, with massive restraining bolts tethering it in place.
Another piece of the outer walls.
And, a closer look at that old piece of carved stone. I wonder when it was put in place?
More provocative glimpses.
What’s your bet? Will I ever get inside for a really good prowl, with a knowledgeable guide?