Exhibitions and Fairs in Venice
Venice needs no special introduction. Famous throughout the world, this is the city on the water par excellence, all the others are a 'copy': Amsterdam is the 'Venice of the North', as well as Stockholm, St. Petersburg and Bruges in Belgium; Recife is the Brazilian Venice, Mopti is the Venice of Mali, Palmyra is the Syrian one; Vilkovo is the Venice of the Black Sea ... and so on.
The major economic activity in the city of Venice is the services sector. It employs about 37 thousand people, while 35 000 work in the trade and 30 000 deal with transports and financial assets. To this, we must add the industry that revolves around Porto Marghera, which employs more than approximately 30 000 people. Tourism is the dominant economic sector: 30 million visitors per year, with a strong predominance of foreigners, especially between May and October and during the Carnival. Even the craft industry, with Murano glass and Burano laces on the top of the list, is one of the 'windows' on the world that give fame to the city of Venice. The city does not have a real conference and exhibition center: events are held at the Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, such as the International Boat Show, or in some wonderful historic mansions overlooking the canals.
How to get to Venice
Venice, a set of islands connected to the mainland by the long bridge called Ponte della Libertà, is a great pedestrian area: the car terminal of the city is at Tronchetto, while buses for tourists stop at Piazzale Roma. The train station of Venice, located in Fondamenta Santa Lucia, linked to Piazzale Roma by the Constitution Bridge, boasts a passengers traffic of 30 million people per year: the station is the terminus of the Milan-Venice railway line. However, in Venice, the major means of transport linking the city and the other islands of the lagoon, including the sea resorts Lido of Venice, Sottomarina and Chioggia, are all those vaporetto Water Buses, speed boats, Foranei boats, motorboats, etc.. One of the major attractions for tourists, is a tour around the streets (calli) traveling on beautiful Gondolas. Venezia Airport is located 10 km away from Mestre, exactly in Tessera.
Where to stay in Venice
The most prestigious 4 and 5 star hotels in Venice are located in the districts of San Marco and San Polo. All the “sestieri” of Venice host 2 and 3 star hotels where you can stay at reasonable prices. Cheap hotels in Venice are located in the area of Santa Lucia station and in the districts of Cannaregio and Dorsoduro, the university area. The hotels in Venice Lido are of course the most popular during the days of the Venice Film Festival.
Venice shopping streets
Tourist city par excellence, Venice offers shopping opportunities of the highest level, with the presence of stores by the major fashion brands. Under the arcades that surround Piazza San Marco, between the many restaurants and bars, you will find also the showrooms of major designers, Armani, Versace, D&G, Fendi, Prada, Laura Biagiotti, etc.. Other major shopping streets are Via XXII Marzo and the Mercerie area near the Rialto bridge in San Polo district, but also on the opposite side of the Grand Canal from the San Marco district. Venice is also interesting for its crafts: from Carnival masks sold throughout the year, to Murano glass items, from jewels by Venetian goldsmiths, to Burano's laces. In San Polo district there are many craft shops and antique shops.
In the evening, especially during the warmer season, young people and tourists like to wander through Venice's “calli”. During the winter, the places where to give start to Happy Hour and spend the rest of the night are those around Campo Santa Margherita in Dorsoduro (where you will also find more affordable prices), or the area of Fondamenta della Misericordia, north of Cannaregio district. Several clubs stay open late near the Bridge of Spires and the Academy Galleries. In Venice, happy hour is synonym with “cicheti” and “bacari”: the first are appetizers (egg, anchovies, meatballs, etc.) which are to be enjoyed at the seconds, the “bacari”, that is, bars and pubs.