The Venetians built a series of shipyards (known as Arsenali) at the southern and the eastern area of the port, in order to house and protectthe activities of the building and repairing of their ships.
Their size is impressive.
Initially there were three shipyard complexes: the Arsenali Antichi,the Arsenali Vecchi and theArsenali Nuovi(= Ancient, Old and New Shipyards, respectively). Only parts of the Arsenali Vecchi (south-west of the port) and the Arsenali Nuovi (south-east of the port) survive today. Unfortunately, the rest were demolished to accommodate the opening of the coastal road.
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