Situated in the north-east of Italy, Veneto extends from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea through a vast range of hills and a valley furrowed by rivers, canals and the Po River Delta.
The typical landscape of the Veneto coast is the lagoon of Venice and iis perhaps the most unique city in the world – Venice , visited by millions of tourists every year.
Veneto , a region with a thousand different faces , is the guardian of natural treasures , artistic and traditional .
Veneto has variety of its scenery from the Dolomites, to the eastern shore of Lake Garda and Peschiera del Garda, Torri del Benaco. Long sandy beaches alternate with popular resorts like Jesolo , Bibione , Cavallino and Caorle.
In this spectacular natural setting is a rich cultural heritage that makes ‘ s such a fascinating region Veneto , from cities to the magnificent Palladian villas scattered along the Riviera del Brenta. And not to be forgotten are the small villages of Arquà Petrarca , Monselice , Asolo and Bassano del Grappa that bring together the most typical aspects of this diverse and varied region .
Veneto is also an ideal destination for a holiday of comfort and relaxation, thanks to the thermal waters with their valuable therapeutic properties : the gentle slopes of the Euganean Hills are home to the well-equipped facilities of the Euganean Spas : for example Abano , Montegrotto and Teolo , where guests can combine treatments and therapies with excursions out in the surrounding areas .
Step 1: Visa & Legal
Veneto, is one of the regions of Italy that is part of the European Union. If you are coming from a EU country or one of the countries that are associated with the Schengen are(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area) you do not need a Visa to enter the Country. You can also stay there as long as you want.
If you do not belong to one of the 26 countries under the EU, then according to how long you plan to be in Italy, what you want to do there and where are you coming from, you will need a Visa.
If you want to go to Venice to study or are doing internships or training, please click the following link to see all the terms and conditions: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/immigration/study-or-training/index_en.htm or more details below
If the reason why you are going to Venice is to work, you need to get what is called a “blue card”, a special type of Visa that will allow you to work anywhere within the EU. http://apply.eu/BlueCard/Italy/.It is quite difficult to get it however, and requirements vary depending on your country of origin. Many people come to Europe to study first and then apply for a working visa afterwards because it is a bit easier to get (in Italy you can not be hire if you do not have at least an intermediate level of italian). Please follow the link below for further information about specific requirements: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/immigration/work/index_en.htm
Once you get the visa you can travel throughout Europe without problems.
If you come from an EU country, you can stay in Italy for up to three months without restrictions or formalities: you only need to have a valid identity document for travel abroad released by your country.
After three months from the date you will need to enroll Anagrafe of your Italian town of residence. You have to book an appoint at “ufficio Anagrafe” on
http://www.comune.venezia.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/EN/IDPagina/622?53396dff703b0 , section ‘’Servizi on line’’ – ‘’Servizi Anagrafici’’ – ‘’Residenza Stranieri’’.
You have to present the following documents:
- passport or ID card
- one matriculation letter issued by the University
- photocopy of the documentation certifying the availability of adequate financial resources, about 5,400 euro (e.g. scholarship certification and print out of bank account)
- health insurance.
If you are a citizen of a country that does not belong to the European Union (and is not Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland , San Marino) and you would like to live in Milan or Italy for more than three months , you must apply for a residence permit within eight days of your arrival in Italy .
You can submit your application at any post office where there is the ” Sportello Amico” .
You will need these documents :
- Photocopy of the passport page with your personal information , the page with the visa, any other page containing stamps;
- photocopy of the letter of invitation of the University stating the course you want to sign up, stamped by the diplomatic representation / Italian Consulate to issue a visa ;
When you submit the application to the Post Office , the clerk will give u the proof of the registration, which also indicates the user ID and password.
Until you have received the electronic residence permit , you will need to take with you this receipt (or a copy) and passport.
The post office will give you a s convocation’s document for the mug-shot ( with recognition of your fingerprint)at the Police , the Immigration Office of Sestiere di Santa Croce, 500 . www.portaleimmigrazione.it You can also check the status of your permit ( Foreign Area ) or www.poliziadistato.it ( residence permits ), you will need the user ID and password that you find on the postal.
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Step 2: Accommodation
Living in venice is very expensive and generally not a lot of people living in laguna the heart of Venice.
most of the people live out site like at Lido or Mestre that are really close to the Laguna.
When you move into a new place, it is necessary to find a suitable place to live. Choosing the right place to live is an important decision. So, looking for your ideal accommodation is not an easy task, the Room in the Moon is here to help. Check out the following links to give you an idea of what is available to you:
- http://www.bakeca.it/home.php Student only or young people
If you want to rent a house in Venice you don’t need any kind of document just visit the website and rent the house/apartment or room: single room (camera singola), double room (camera doppia) or an entire house.
In italy it is common to search your future house by web, only if you would like to buy one you do through Agency.
The main website to search an apartment to rent are:
Step 3: Transport
To get around in Venice there is only by ferry and you have to remember to con validate the ticket before catch it or you will have a huge fine!
http://www.actv.it/en/movinginvenice/movinginvenice here you find all the pieces of the tickets https://www.actv.it/en/movingmainland/pricesautobus
From Mestre you can reach venice through train Venezia Santa Lucia http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=4ddd1a035296f310VgnVCM1000005817f90aRCRD
or by car each day is 30 euro http://www.parkvia.com/it-IT/parcheggio-stazione/venezia-santa-lucia.
From Lido to Laguna by boat (routes 3, 41.1, 41.2, 51.1, 51.2, 6);
Step 4: work
As EU citizen or a member of the Schengen Agreement countries (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein), you do not need to apply for a special work visa. The European Union allows you to work in any EU member state.
Otherwise you must apply for a work visa at the Ministry of Foreign Affair http://www.esteri.it/visti/tipologie_eng.asp via the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate.
When you are looking for a job in Italy the most important skill is the language, you have to speak just a little bit Italian and getting better by time. Not all Italian companies hire people that do not speak Italian. The international company or big company hire people that speak English http://www.prospects.ac.uk/work_in_italy.htm
EEA countries have reciprocal arrangements whereby, if you apply for a certain document, you are entitled to healthcare in another EEA country at a reduced cost. For example, in United Kingdom, this document is called a European Health Insurance Card. However if you are coming from outside of EEA, until you start work, you will need to have your own health insurance.
You can find a job in Italy trough the agency http://www.italialavoro.it/wps/portal/italialavoro/ or thanks to the website:
Step 5: Health
EEA countries and Switzerland have reciprocal arrangements whereby, if you apply for a certain document, you are entitled to healthcare in another EEA country at a reduced cost.
If you have been successful in obtaining work in Venice, and you are making social security contributions through your salary, you can apply for a Social Security card by presenting your social security number at your local GP practice. With this card, you can take advantage of state healthcare. If you are here just for a trip you do not need the Health Care, the First aid in Italy is free.
The holders of a “European Health Insurance Card” (EHIC), issued in their country of origin, benefit from the medical services previously covered by E111 and E128 forms. EHIC allows a student to obtain access to the treatment which is “medically necessary” while on a temporary stay in Italy.
Citizens from outside the European Community, regularly staying in Italy, can choose between two possible types of health insurance :
- Public health insurance supplied by SSN: it provides complete healthcare upon payment of a fee of 149.77 euros per solar year, namely until 31st December in the year of payment. In this case, it is necessary to apply to the competent ASL, for the required bureaucratic fulfillment’s.
- Private health insurance which has to be bought directly at an Insurance Company.
Step 6: Money and Utilities
In Venice as in all Italy, the currency used is the Euro (€). The country is part of the Eurozone and so any European country using Euros will be familiar with this type of currency; the value of which does not change.
If you are coming from an area of Europe outside of the Eurozone, you need to exchange money. Click on the link below to work out the exchange rate of the Euro vs. other currencies:
If you are planning to stay in Italy for a long period, it is advisable to open a bank account – you will pay a monthly tax. Furthermore, it is a requirement to have a bank account in order to be hired by a company so if you are looking for full time work please bear this in mind.
Here some of the Italian Bank:
Prepaid credit card
All the Italian bank as the prepaid Card and it is easy to have, you can top up your card by bank transfer (swift code) and allows you to withdraw cash in Italy and abroad and to make purchases online and in stores around the world, you do not need to have a checking account.
Thanks to the circuits of prepaid card, you can use anywhere, in Italy and abroad, on the Internet and in all ATM point. you can check all the link above if you are interested on the prepaid card.
The international code in Italy is 0039 or +39
There are many mobile service providers in Italy and a selection of popular companies are provided below:
Depending on how you will use your device, there are many different types of contract to choose from, such as minute usage and Internet data for example. It is important to select the right plan for your budget, so it is recommended to spend a bit of time assessing all the options available to you. If you would like to stay in Italy less then a years it is better that you have a pre-pay plan instead of the contract.
if you rent a house/apartment you can have a headline plus internet:
- http://www.telecomitalia.com/tit/en.html telecom Italia
- http://www.vodafone.it/portal/Privati/adsl-telefono Vodafone
- http://company.fastweb.it/en/nuova-offerta-fastweb-per-la-casa/ Fastweb
- http://www.infostrada.it/it/privati/ Infostrada
- http://www.teletu.it teletu
These are the major telephone company in Italy.
If you are going to Venice to study then you should get an International Student Card that will get you plenty of discounts on the Cinema, museums, transport, restaurants and shops. In addition, the ISIC organizes plenty of activities that make it the perfect way to socialize as well. Please find further information in the following link: http://www.isic.org
Students have discount on city public transport subscription ( only if you do the monthly or year not for the single journey
Households and Bills
When planning to move to a new country, one of the most important things that you need to figure out is how much money you need for your household, in order to plan how much you will need every month.
The main household bills are electricity, water, gas and the Internet that is the owner’s choice whether to include the cost to rent or make paying your bills separately,generally speaking when you rent a house all these households are included on the rent.
The Internet and landline usually cost about 40€ a month and typically includes broadband with unlimited national calls. You can find all the headline company above.
Step 7 : Food
One of the best things in Italy is food. You can find all kind of foods in a open-air-market, groceries or supermarket. Well, about the groceries and the open air markets there are not website to look for you can jump into when tou are walking in the city. about the supermarket you can take a look on the list here below:
Some of traditional Venice dishes:
- Sarde in Saor: sweet and sour sardines. The Saor is the preparation of a dish that sees the mixture of sweet, sour and salty, usually made with a combination of a main ingredient, onions and vinegar.
- Bigoli: Local expression of pasta are Bigoli, spaghetti very thick and coarse, usually served with fish or game sauces. The most popular combination is bigoli sauce, a sardine and onion sauce salt, one of the oldest recipes of Venice.
- Risi e Bisi: Rice and risotto are one of the main points of Venice and the Veneto region and the first dish that comes to mind in this case is the famous Risi e bisi (rice and peas), the consistency being a mix between a soup and a risotto. Risotto in Veneto is also prepared with bruscandoli and radicchio. The Veneto is a land of radicchio, with many different delicious varieties.
- Baccalà Mantecato, a soft creamy mousse like dish served mainly with polenta. All Osteria in Venice offer their own version of this very old recipe.
- Fegato alls Veneziana Liver is popular in the rest of Italy for its intense flavor and its unique aroma of onion. Traditionally, the liver is meat, especially veal.
Here a list of restaurant of Venice: http://www.yelp.co.uk/venezia-venezia-it
Step 8: Social
Venice is not renowned for its nightlife, but you can enjoy a little ‘late night entertainment in the area of the Lido, where nightclubs and bars are on the agenda. If you prefer to stay in Venice, do as the locals do – enjoy a late meal followed by a glass or two of local wine.
Here a list of clubs and bars in Venice: http://www.simonseeks.com/nightlife/europe/italy/veneto/venice__165132
Since you are in Venice, should you also have to try a gondola, but prices can very expensive. http://www.viator.com/Venice-tours/Cruises-Sailing-and-Water-Tours/d522-g3?pref=02&aid=g1341
The City of Venice is every year, having The world’s largest and most famous masked ball. It´s a big Carnevale there goes on for over 10 days! Venice’s pre-Lenten Carnevale had existed since the Middle Ages, but it came into its own in the 18th century. As the Venetian Republic slipped into terminal decline, the city’s pagan side began to emerge. Carnevale became an outlet for all that had been prohibited for centuries by the strong and sober arm of the doge. Elaborate structures would be set up in piazza San Marco as stages for acrobats, tumblers, wrestlers and other performers. Masks served not only as an escape from the drabness of everyday life but to conceal the wearer’s identity – a useful ploy for nuns on the lam or slumming patricians.It´s on that time the city really comes alive. All people are wearing masks and dancing and having fun. It´s a big party the whole city is a part of.
Step 9: Sight-seen
- – Basilica San Marco outside is amazing, with its large onion domes and columns of colored marble, and the interior has floor-to-ceiling mosaics. There is no cost to visit the main part of the basilica, and also booking a time of online registration (so you do not have to wait long times in front of the line) is free. There are three smaller museums inside the basilica you will have to pay an entry to see, the budget and the general interest should dictate if you visit all of them, but if you’re only going to take one then by all means take the ‘narrow and steep staircase heading to the museum in the niche that has the horses in the past that the original overlooking the square – in addition to seeing the horses, you’ll also get to go out on the roof and around the square alone. Click here for more info: http://www.basilicasanmarco.it/eng/index.bsm. The Basilica overlooks on the Piazza San Marco one of the finest piazzas in the world. San – San Marco square is surrounded by the Procuratie Nuove, Procuratie Vecchie and Ala Napoleonica that are located on three sides.
The square is one of the lowest areas in Venice and especially from October to March its access might be prevented by the high tide (acqua alta) that for tourists will probably be a remarkable experience.
- La Torre dell’Orologio is also located on the side of the old Magistrates. There Is also the archway that takes you to the Mercerie. The tower is topped by a terrace where there is a large bell and two bronze statues known as the “Mori”. The clock is underneath the statues. The clock face is gold and blue enamel and shows the time, the lunar phases and the zodiac signs.
- The old town the Mercerie cut into two parts, which connects Piazza San Marco to Rialto. This is Venice’s main throughway, the heart of the city of trade since ancient times, when the precious fabric shops stayed open until late.
- Palazzo Ducale: this exceptional building was the center of political, social and economic Venice from the beginning. Palazzo Ducale was the residence of the Doge, but it was also the seat of government and main offices of the judges. There is some evidence that the original building dates back to the first half of the 9th century , a building that was then modified through a series of renovations that have been made over the centuries . Substantial changes were made in 1173 , during the reign of Doge Sebastiano Ziani , and the building has been expanded. However, in 1340 , the building has taken on a truly grand size when the wing was built in the Gothic style which overlooks the bay of San Marco , where they held the meeting of the Great Council . The portico supported by large pillars and the upper gallery overlooking the bay are wonderful. The Gothic Porta della Carta , the input of honor at the palace , dating from the 15th century. It was given this name because the proclamations issued by the Republic were attached to this port.The inner rooms of the palace are full of frescoes depicting the history of the Republic by Masters such as Tiepolo , Titian, Veronese, Bassano, Palma il Giovane, all kept in precious golden wooden frames. http://palazzoducale.visitmuve.it
- Ponte dei Sospiri: this is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Venice. The bridge connects the Doge’s Palace, where prisoners were tried, to the prisons known as the Piombi. The bridge was built on the orders of the Doge Mario Grimani and was made of Istrian stone. It was decorated on the outside with baroque patterns. The beauty of the structure gave the bridge a romantic connotation in complete contrast to its actual use. The sighs that the bridge inspired were definitely not sighs from people in love, but by the prisoners who had just been sentenced to years in prison in the terrible “Piombi”.
- Ponte del Rialto was originally the only permanent link between the two banks of the Grand Canal. It is said that in 1172, a bridge made of barges has been designed, which was then replaced with a bridge with wooden columns few years later. This bridge was destroyed in 1310. In 1444, a new wooden bridge was built that was much bigger than the previous one and that also had shops on it. The final version of the Rialto Bridge in stone, as we know it today, was built in the period 1588-1591 by Antonio da Ponte. Building the bridge was difficult due to the instability of the site and its height (8 meters).
- The Venetian Ghetto was the first to be established in Europe and was founded in 1516, following the laws enacted by the Serenissima: the Venetian Jews had to live within the area bounded by the Ghetto Bridge, and could not leave the area from dusk until dawn. The guards were placed at the edge of the ghetto to control the movements of the Jews and the Ghetto was closed during the night with gates. The hinges of the gates are still visible today. The word “ghetto” comes from the word “getto”, the noun from the verb “gettare” throw in Italian.
Step 10: Culture and Language
If you want to live in Italy and specifically in Venice you have to attend italian classes to improve or learn your Italian.