The Port of Venice is located at the top end of the Adriatic Sea, at the intersection of the main European transport corridors and motorways of the seas.  Thanks to its strategic position, it can act as a European gateway for trade flows to and from Asia. The Port of Venice is a leader in many commodity chains management. It is one of the major European ports for project and general cargo and one of the main ports in the Adriatic for the number of handled containers. In addition, it ranks as the first cruise homeport in the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore, it is the only sea port in Italy which benefits also from inland navigation providing freight transport by barge along  Po river.