|Comune di Pianiga|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Venice (VE)|
|Frazioni||Cazzago, Mellaredo, Rivale|
|• Mayor||Massimo Calzavara|
|• Total||20 km2 (8 sq mi)|
|Elevation||8 m (26 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2007)|
|• Density||570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||San Martino di Tours|
|Saint day||11 November|
Pianiga is located in the extreme southwestern edge of the province of Venice, in part bordering on the province of Padua and in part with the municipalities of Santa Maria di Sala, Mirano, Mira, Dolo and Fiesso d'Artico.
Up to the World War II the main occupation of the inhabitants was the agriculture which was conducted in accordance with local sharecroppers or tenants who worked the land of large landowners from Venice or Padua.
From the World War II onwards and then more definitely from the years of economic boom several companies were established.
Nowadays, the industries present within the municipal area of Pianiga are mostly engaged in building, metalworking and woodworking and in production of shoes and relevant accessories.
There are also some other textile, glass processing and food processing industries.
Economic development has generated a clear environmental transformation: the reduction of large tracts of cultivated fields corresponded to an increase in built-up areas; Pianiga got the appearance of a residential center while productive activities have been located in the closer precincts for example at Cazzago owing to the proximity of the rail station and highway exit and Mellaredo which is crossed by the state road connecting Padua to Treviso.
Rivale is the least densely populated locality of the entire municipality, though, thanks to the establishment of a number of medium and large business, a high level of employment is available.
Unfortunately, the initial urban development has grown spontaneously.
The territory, with until a few years ago was used exclusively for farming, still enough recently was showing several examples of different types of country cottage, from mansions to the noble villas.
In the past there were some rustic poor houses called the "casoni" (big houses) widespread in the territory which were hosting the families of laborers.
Today none of them exist any longer at Pianiga, because they reminded the humiliating past of poverty, so nothing was done for their conservation and all them have been deteriorated by weather and lost forever.
- All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
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