Venice, April 2006 
There is no public access to the Arsenale.  The Italian navy and other military occupies it.  Apparently no one has told them that Venice is no longer a naval empire.
There is no public access to the Arsenale. The Italian navy and other military occupies it. Apparently no one has told them that Venice is no longer a naval empire.
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The lagoon entrance of the Arsenale
The lagoon entrance of the Arsenale
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View along the canal wall of the Arsenale.  In Venice there are no wheeled vehicles that are not human powered.  Work that would normally be done by a truck is done by a boat.  This boat is waiting to haul away demolition refuse.
View along the canal wall of the Arsenale. In Venice there are no wheeled vehicles that are not human powered. Work that would normally be done by a truck is done by a boat. This boat is waiting to haul away demolition refuse.
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A vegetable stand, Venician style.
A vegetable stand, Venician style.
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A park, with houses on either side of the Viale Garibaldi, behind the Arsenale.
A park, with houses on either side of the Viale Garibaldi, behind the Arsenale.
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These well head covers date back hundreds of years to a time when Venice used ground water, instead of water from the mainland.
These well head covers date back hundreds of years to a time when Venice used ground water, instead of water from the mainland.
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A well old carved well head at the Ca' d'Oro, which is now a museum
A well old carved well head at the Ca' d'Oro, which is now a museum
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Another carved well head from the Ca' d'Oro
Another carved well head from the Ca' d'Oro
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Santa Maria dell'Assunta on the island of Torcello.  This is the oldest church in the Venician area, dating from 860 AD.
Santa Maria dell'Assunta on the island of Torcello. This is the oldest church in the Venician area, dating from 860 AD.
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