Italy is divided into 20 regions, one of these being the
Veneto region, of which the capital is Venice. The regions
have semi-autonomous powers from Rome and each region is
separated first into provinces, further divided into townships
and cities, with each then governed by local councils who
subsequently elect a mayor.
The Veneto region is in the north-east of Italy and as
well as Venice, includes the cities and towns of Verona,
Vicenza and Padua together with Lake Garda and Treviso.
The region has a population of approximately four and a
half million people (about 8% of Italy’s population)
and produces approximately 15% of the country’s exports.
The municipality of Venice is served by a Consiglio
Comunale (city council) of 46 members and a city mayor.
The council convenes, usually on a Monday afternoon, in
the city council office in St Mark’s and is open to
the public. The last elections took place in April 2005
resulting in left-of-centre former mayor Massimo Cacciari
returning to the post he had held previously from 1993-2000.
The districts in which the comune (municipality)
of Venice encapsulates include the 118 islands of the lagoon,
plus other islands and mainland territories such as Lido,
Murano and Burano, Favaro, Chirignago, Mestre, Marghera
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You can observe the council meetings on Monday Afternoons
at the Ca’ Loredan Room in St Mark’s.