City of Venice
Lead Partner of Archimedes Project
Venice, the capital of Venezia province and of the Veneto Region in north-eastern Italy, lies on the Gulf of Venice at the north end of the Adriatic Sea. The political boundaries of the city were expanded in 1927 to include a mainland area around the Lagoon of Venice as well as the 118 small islands within the lagoon that comprise historic Venice.
Population's size: 269.000
Area: 41.317 Ha
Main socio-economic characteristics
Although tourism remains Venice's most important business, the modern city has encompassed a newer, industrialised sector on the mainland, including Mestre and Marghera, the latter Venice's commercial port. Shipyards, petroleum refineries and chemical and metallurgical industries contribute to the city's economy. Burano lace and venetian glass are world-renowned. The Lido Beach, on one of the seaward islands of the lagoon, is a famous bathing resort.
Environmental problems concerning air, water and acoustic pollution, increased production of waste due to the high presence of tourism, traffic, public housing, unemployment, moving of residents from the city centre to the mainland.
In Venice, both the centro storico and the city as a whole are suffering the simultaneous decline of population and jobs. The increased presence of non-residents (temporary workers, students and tourists) only partly offsets this ongoing process.
There is general acceptance that the "Venice problem" can be solved only if the questions of "development" (the active survival of Venice as a community) are given the same priority as those of "safeguarding" (the physical defence and the environmental rehabilitation of the lagoon and the conservation of the historical and artistic heritage of the city). In no other way can we guarantee to future generations the continuing cultural experience of Venice.
The City of Venice adopted a Strategic Plan, which you can download here.
You can also browse the City of Venice Strategic Plan pages.
Legal Representative: Dr. Andrea Del Mercato, Director for European Policies
Scientific supervisor: Dr. Turiddo Pugliese, Responsible for Strategic Planning
City of Venice - European Policies
Ex Magazzini Parisi, S. Croce 502
30135 Venice, Italy
Tel: +39 041 274 7817
Fax: +39 041 274 7813