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5. Veneto Venice   Verona, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, Rovigo, Belluno, Mestre

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VENETO - general inforamtion
Veneto is located on the north-east of continental Italy, between Alps and the Adriatic sea. Borders on Austria and Trentino-Alto Adige (north), Friuli-Venezia-Julia (east), Trentino-Alto Adige and Lombardy (west) and Emilia-Romagna (south).
The climate on the most of territory is continental. The temperature is higher in the sea cost parts, in the pre-Alpine and Garda zones.

Till the 50's of XX century his region was one of the poorest among the north-Italian regions. For a long time continued emigration flow to other parts of the country (Milan and Turin). In the last decades the industrial development made Veneto one of the regions with dynamic growing economy.
The mountain parts of the region remained "the weak area", conserving its original characteristics and depopulated. Only in locality of Belluno situated in amazingly beautiful place the situation is improved thanks to tourism and construction industries (banks, big hotels), luxury shops, etc.).
The plain zones are to the south of region; Venetian lagoon is located to the south-east on the Adriatic cost.  The rivers of the region are Po, Adige, Bacchiglione, Tagliamento, Naviglio di Brenta. The lakes: Garda, Misurina, Auronzo, Santa Croce, Pieve di Cadore, Alleghe. The mountain passageways are Rolle, Sella, Pordoi, Falzarego, Tre Croci.
The principal highway lies between Verona and Venezia reaching Trieste. The important road and railway knots are Verona (Bologna-Brennero and Milano-Venezia) and Padua. Venice is the most important Adriatic port and is the 3rd in Italy after Genoa and Naples. The Porto Marghera is important industrial port serving to local industries.
Agriculture and breeding
The agriculture of the region progressed a lot during the past 20-30 years. The territory of Veneto is still dominated by little farmer property and agriculture is mixed. The other phenomenon is part-time work in agricultural sector, that is after the working-day on a factory people cultivate their private pieces of land. Among the principle plants should be noticed: maize, green pea, vegetables, apple, cherry, sugar beet, forage, tobacco, hemp. In the hill zones is spread the production of grape and excellent wines. Very well developed the breeding of cattle and fishing.
Thanks to ancient traditional artisan activities industry takes its origins from the past century in some pre-Alpine valleys. During the last 30-40 years industrialization changed the look of numerous landscapes, especially in the plain, where grew hundreds of industrial complexes. In zones if Marghera and Mestre were built metallurgical and chemical plants. In other parts of the region were affirmed little and medium activities in various sectors: food, textile, chemistry, metal-mechanics, glass, electrotechnics, sight glasses (exported). Artisan production is also quite strong: Muran glass, laces of Burano and gold production of Vicenza. Apart from agriculture and industry should be noticed such activities as commerce, banking and tourism.
Nearly half of the population of the region lives in the communes with less than 10 000 inhabitants. Here none of the cities obtained the absolute pre-eminence of population unlike in Lombardy and Piedmont with their Milan and Turin. But the coordination functions inside of the region are managed mostly from Padua and Venice, having well developed network of offices, banks and services.
During past 30-40 years Veneto obtained quite high level of welfare, so nearly on the whole territory of the region people live good enough. The only exceptions are the mountain zones not touched by the progress in tourism and ... Venice. This city so popular in all over the world and always full of tourists created three most important inconveniences for the inhabitants: the cost of life is very high, the quantity of working places is very limited, lack of houses in rent. All this explains the rapid depopulation of Venice.
Inhabitants of the region spend little for newspapers,  journals and TV, preferring  to communicate between themselves. But they are on the 4th place in Italy by the participation in sportive manifestations, performances and various entertainment activities.
Some of the public services in Veneto are very well functioning (medical assistance). Less satisfactory is the sector of schools, because the percent of people who finished high school and college or University is smaller than average Italian one. The level of reported crimes in Veneto is definitely much lower than in other northern and central regions. Here is the greatest in northern Italy number of marriages celebrated with religious rite, and it is the region with the smallest quantity of legal divorces per 100 000 inhabitants.
Provinces and Communes
The territory of the region is divided into seven provinces: Venezia, Belluno, Padua, Rovigo, Treviso, Verona, and Vicenza, including 580 communes.