Castello is the largest sestiere of Venice, stretching east of San Marco. The name Castello derives from the fortress standing in the eighth century in the place of today’s church of San Pietro.
The most popular part of Castello is the beautiful, although full of souvenir stalls, Riva degli Schiavoni promenade with a splendid view of San Giorgio Maggiore. The bustle of the quay disappears in the depths of the district. Calm, as if forgotten streets and squares allow for a moment of rest.
Strolling through the district, we can reach the Arsenale, the shipyard of the Venetian navy. The Arsenale was founded in the 12th century and expanded from the 14th to the 16th century, became the largest shipyard in the world. In the best period, 16 thousand Arsenalotti worked here at the construction of the great Venetian galleys. After taking over Venice, Napoleon destroyed the docks, and melted down cannons to monuments commemorating the French Revolution. Today, it is mostly a closed military area.