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The Compass: Your Guide to Italy and Beyond The Compass: Your Guide to Italy and Beyond

Welcome to the 31st Fighter Wing travel page. Here you'll find the latest version of the Compass - your guide to Italy and beyond - travel destination, tips and ideas to help plan your next day trip, weekend excursion or vacation.

Please share your experiences with other Team Aviano travelers. Send your travel articles, tips or photos to Public Affairs at 31fw.panews@us.af.mil.

tabThis Weekend in the Community 
Photography exhibition in Passariano di Codroipo, Oct. 16-19
A photo exhibition takes place Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Villa Manin. The event features the photography of Man Ray. Tickets cost 10 Euro and include an audio guide.  For more information, click here.

Photography exhibition in Pordenone, Oct. 16-31
A photography exhibition takes place Thursday through Saturday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Galleria Harry Bertoia, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 60. The free event features the photography of Pierpaolo Mittica. For more information, click here.

Bavarian festival in Castelnuovo del Friuli, Oct 17-18
An all-day Bavarian festival takes place in the main square. The free event features live music, performances and Bavarian food and beverage stands. For more information, click here.

Autumn market in Barcis, Oct. 19
An all-day market takes place in the main square. The free event features several local organic produce stands. For more information, click here.

Guided tour in Pordenone, Oct. 19
A "Let's meet in Pordenone" event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free event features a guided tour of the artistic side of Pordenone. Participants must register by Oct. 16. To register, click here.

Chestnut festival in Mezzomonte, Oct 19
An all-day chestnut festival will take place in the main square. The free event features a handcraft market and chestnut-themed food and beverage stands. There will be a guided tour of the Mezzomonte Mountains beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Concert in Fiume Veneto, Oct 23
A concert begins at 8:45 p.m. at the church of San Michele Arcangelo at Pescincanna di Fiume Veneto. The free concert features the Gabriel Faure' choir singing selections by composer Franz Joseph Haydn. For more information, click here.

Aviano Roadrunners participate in local races
The Aviano Roadrunners group, comprised of runners, joggers and walkers, participate in several local races each weekend. Participants can meet at Bar Municipio in the Roveredo town square at 7:45 a.m., unless otherwise listed below, to carpool to the event with other group members. For more information, click here or call Sandy Buna at 347-430-2511.

Oct. 19 - Aviano Roadrunners will host the 9th Marcia Brovada e Muset volksmarch at 8:30 a.m. in Tauriano di Spilimbergo. There will be a 6, 12 and 18 km race. Entry fee is 5.50 Euro.

Oct. 19 - Aviano Roadrunners will host the 12th Marcia dell'Abbazia volksmarch at 8:30 a.m. in Summaga di Portogruaro. There will be a 5, 12 and 21 km race. Entry fee is 4 Euro.

Select gas stations open on weekends, holidays
Due to the implementation of a new automated system for tracking NATO coupons, customers at gas stations may experience a delay while filling up. For more information, click here.

Check here each week to find out which local gas station(s) offer full services during weekends and holidays and use NATO gas coupons. While these gas stations are scheduled to be open, this schedule is subject to change without notice. When closed, members may still purchase gas with euros using the kiosks located near the pumps, or use the gas coupons at Agip gas stations located along the autostrada.

Agip Via Pordenone, 95 - Open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
On AP Highway heading toward Aviano, the station is the first Agip on the left side after passing Area F.

Agip Via Pordenone, 4 - Open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On AP Highway heading toward Aviano, the station is the second Agip on the left side after passing Area F.
tabNeighbourhood Networking 
Neighborhood Networking
The "Vicini Americani," or American Neighbors, program is designed to connect Americans in their Italian communities. Under the program, Team Aviano volunteers - help to welcome newcomers, organize local gatherings and inform people about upcoming community events. For more information, or to get engaged within your town, email viciniamericani@gmail.com or click here.

Markets
Vendors sell fresh produce, flowers, clothing and goods from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following outdoor markets:

- The Azzano Decimo market takes place in the city square every Monday
- The Aviano market takes place in the city square every Tuesday
- The Pordenone market takes place in the city square every Wednesday and Saturday
- The Sacile market takes place in Viale Zancanaro every Thursday
- The Cordenons market takes place in the city square every Friday

Antique Markets
Vendors sell clothing, furniture, art, household goods and more from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following antique markets:

Saturday
- The Azzano Decimo antique market takes place in Piazza Libertà with about 40 exhibitors
- The Spilimbergo antique market takes place in Corso Roma every third Saturday of the month

Sunday
- The Gradisca d'Isonzo antique market takes place in Piazza Unità d'Italia with about 200 exhibitors
- Godega di Sant'Urbano antique market takes place in Padiglione Fiera with about 250 exhibitors
tabDiscovering Friuli-Venezia Giulia series 
tabDay trips 

Aquileia: Roman ruins one hour from base
Barcis: Visit the crystal waters of Barcis
Bologna: Discover culinary arts, history
Castello di Duino: Two easy-to-reach coastal castles
Croatia:Enjoy beautiful coast, amazing people
Italy: Making the world's best ice cream
Lugano: Switzerland: Cheese, chocolate, culture
Marina di Pietrasanta: Running with a splash of color
Murano: Island of glass
Pala Fontana: Experience the beauty in Aviano's backyard
Pisa: Check Leaning Tower off your 'bucket list'
Padova: Shining bright in Venice's shadow
Pastrengo: What's new at the zoo?
Piancavallo: Winter Wonderland
Piancavallo: Pianca-what? Mountaintop playground offers endless fun
Polcenigo: Experience 'life on the farm' at Polcenigo park
San Marino: Day trip destination of the month
Torino: Much more than industry
Treviso: City offers action-packed indoor adventure
Venice: 'City of Water' offers unique experience
Verona: 'In fair Verona' doth beauty, culture lie
Venzone: A world of lavender in Venzone
 

tabWeekend trips 
Aviano: Top 10 things to enjoy while stationed at Aviano
Barcelona: A beautiful Spanish paradise
Brussels: The land of waffles
Budapest: Historic tale of two cities
Camogli: A hidden Italian treasure
Chianti Region: Exploring by horseback
Cinque Terre: Rustic seaside villages offer stunning vistas
Cinque Terre: 'The Five Lands'
Cologne: Where churches thrive 
Edinburgh: Medieval city with a dark history
French Riviera: Being frugal on the French Riviera
Garmische in Spring: Picturesque getaway
Gunzberg: Legoland has something for everyone
Gunzberg: Legoland Resort: Embrace your inner child
Heidelberg: Age-old ruins tower above German city
Innsbruck: An Austrian gem
Istanbul: A modern Middle-Eastern getaway
Kraków, Auschwitz: An unforgettable experience
Leipzig: The sleeping beauty has awoken
London: A royal city
Madrid: City of fun
Milan: A city for everyone
Milan: Up close, personal
Munich: Home of Oktoberfest
Munich: Olympic Park
Munich: 'Taste' the culture
Neuschwanstein Castle: Architectural masterpiece in Bavaria
Nove: a ceramic shopper's heaven
Pamplona: Outrunning Bulls...What was I thinking?
Paris: A city of light
Prague: Medieval wonderland in the heart of Europe
Rome: The eternal city
Sicily: A unique alternative to Southern Italy
Sorrento: Live 'la dolce vita' in Sorrento
Southern Italy: 4 great destinations in 3 days
Salzburg: Searching for the perfect trinket 
Trier: 'Oldest city in Germany' still entices travelers
Vienna: City offers picturesque, historic sites within easy reach
Volterra: Exploring Etruscan history
Pairi Daiza: Experience the world through Pairi Daiza
Bruges: Picturesque medieval city
Copenhagen: A seaport to remember
tabBase-Sponsored Events 
All trips are offered by the Information, Tickets and Travel Office unless otherwise noted. Registration deadlines are used to make decisions about cancelling trips due to lack of participation. ITT will still accept sign-ups if the trip is not cancelled. For more information, call 043-430-3107, email ITT@aviano.af.mil or click here.

Budapest, Oct. 25-26
Ferrari Factory, Oct. 25
Lucerne, Switzerland, Oct. 25
Croatia by boat, Oct. 25
Dracula's Castle, Romania, Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Gardaland Halloween, Nov. 1
Guided Genova, Aquarium, Nov. 1
Guided Milan, Nov. 1
Prague, Nov. 7-9
Barcelona, Nov. 8-11

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What you need to travel
Have appropriate documents on hand when traveling. Some Aviano travelers have recently been stopped and questioned by officials about their legal status in the European Union. Team Aviano members, when asked, usually present their tourist passport. Presenting the tourist passport first is still the best practice. However, this can raise questions. Either the tourist passport has no entry stamp (because the member entered the EU with their no fee passport or military orders) or they have a stamp that is likely more than three months old. Both of these scenarios will leave unanswered questions. The officials will either wonder how you got in without a stamp or they will wonder why you are still here more than three months later. The only way to satisfactorily answer these questions is to have all of your documents handy. In addition to the tourist passport, military members should have their military orders and military ID card and dependents should have their no fee passport/visa and soggiorno. Newly arrived dependents who have not yet received their soggiorno will be fine as long as they have a valid visa. Even with these documents you may have to educate different authorities about your legal status in the EU and explain how you arrived. Please remain patient whenever authorities inquire. Should you have any questions, please contact the legal office at DSN 632-7843 or passport office at DSN 632-4593.

Transporting pets in your vehicle
Italian law requires pets to be restrained while traveling in a vehicle. When traveling with one pet it must be restrained to prevent it from climbing to the front and distracting the driver. A leash can be used to secure the pet in the backseat. If you travel more than one pet, Italian law is specific about the type of restraint necessary. The animals must be either placed in a cage or placed in the back of the vehicle separated from the passenger compartment by a net or similar device. If the separating device is permanently installed it must be approved by the Italian ground transportation department. Restraining your pets will not only help in arriving safely but it will also avoid tickets and fines. The penalty for following this law is a fine ranging from 71 to 286 Euros. If you have any questions, please contact the legal office at 632-7843.

Snow tires or chains mandatory on autostrada, mountain roads beginning in November
Members should check their current tires for M+S, M/S or M-S. If tires have these markings, they are authorized as snow tires under Italian law. Motorists are required to have snow tires or snow chains on board all vehicles effective Nov. 15 through April 15, 2013 when driving on the following autostradas in Italy: A4 Venezia Trieste, A23 Palmanova Udine, A28 Portogruaro Conegliano and Raccordo Villesse Gorizia. Snow tires or chains are also required on any moun-tain roads, including the road from Aviano to Piancavallo. This does not include via Pedemontana Occidentale, commonly referred to as Mountain Highway. For more information, contact the 31st Fighter Wing Safety Office at 632-8240 or visit www.autovie.it/Home.aspx or www.autovie.it/cms/data/browse/news/000062.aspx.

Know before you go
Before traveling out of the Aviano area, the 31st Fighter Wing anti-terrorism office recommends first reviewing the information available on the State Department website: http://travel.state.gov. The site includes any applicable travel advisories for the areas you may transit during your travel. Additionally, the State Department has this material available on their mobile application. Search for SmartTraveler in your mobile device's app store.

Passports
While many of the world's most sought out locations are only a short plane, train or automobile trip away, to get to some of these destinations, Aviano members will need a passport. 

Avoiding crime while traveling  
Crime can happen anytime anywhere and becoming a victim can be a quick way to ruin an enjoyable trip.

Travel Europe by train
The idea of catching a train might sound like a throwback to travel 100 years ago, but in Europe it's a snap and relatively inexpensive to boot.

Driving on the Autostrada
The Autostrada is the main highway system in Italy and is similar to the Interstate highway system in the US. The Autostrada is the fastest way to get around Italy.

Etiquette when visiting art in churches
Much of the art in Italy is in Catholic churches. You are entering a place of worship and are expected to dress and act accordingly.

Culture - Integrating into Italian markets 
Open air markets are one of the most picturesque aspects of Italian life style. At the market you can mingle with locals, walk with them through colorful stalls and purchase all sorts of merchan-dise. You can smell the fragrance of fresh fruits, flowers or tempting ready-to-eat Italian food passing by a "rosticceria."
tabContact information
Base Operator/ Locator:
International: 011-39-0434-30-1110 
In Italy: 0434-30-1110
DSN: 314-632-1110 
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Commercial: 011-39-0434-30-7555
DSN: 314-632-7555 
Unit 6140, Box 100
Aviano AB, Italy
APO, AE 09604

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