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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 
Ice skating rink in Claut, March 26-29
An ice skating rink is open from 2-4 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are 6 Euro for adults and 3 Euro for children under 12 years old. Prices do not include ice skates rental. For more information about the rink, click here.

Ice skating rink in Piancavallo, March 26-29
An ice skating rink is open from 3-7 p.m. and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1:45 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, as well as 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are 6 Euro for adults and 3 Euro for children under 12 years old. Prices do not include ice skates rental. For more information, click here.

Egyptian exhibit in Oderzo, March 26 - May 3
An Egyptian exhibit takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays and Saturdays, and 3-6 p.m. Sunday in Palazzo Foscolo. The exhibit will feature Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamon with a full-size reconstruction of his tomb. Tickets are 6 Euro. For more information, click here.

Samurai artifact display in Treviso, March 26 - May 31
A Japanese samurai artifact display takes place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at Casa dei Carraresi. The display features body armor, antique weapons and other objects. Tickets are 12 Euro for adults and 9 Euro for children ages 6-12. For more information, click here. 

Egyptian exhibit in Vicenza, March 26 - June 2
An Egyptian exhibit takes place in Basilica Palladiana. The exhibit features the history of art, starting from ancient Egypt to recent paintings by contemporary artists. For ticket prices and opening times, click here.

Vintage market in Conegliano, March 28 - May 30
A vintage market takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays in the gardens of Piazzale San Martino. For more information on the free event, email sistersvintage60@gmail.com.

Cooking show in Asolo, March 28-29
A cooking show takes place from from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m in the town center. Attendees will also be able to taste freshly cooked fish. For more information, email associazioneilpardo@gmail.com or click here.

Snowshoe hike in Piancavallo, March 29
A snowshoe hike begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Roncjade restaurant. The event is for those ages 11 and up. Participants are advised to wear appropriate attire, bring hot beverages and binoculars. Tickets are 10 Euro and include snowshoe rental. Reservations must be made by noon, March 28. For more information, call 0434-520-381/655-191 or click here.

Kids workshop in Trieste, March 29
A kids workshop takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Castelletto in Viale Miramare 349. The event, for children ages 6-10, aims to teach them about the protected marine area. Tickets are 5 Euro per child. For more information, call 040-224147 or click here.
Bird festival in Godega di Sant'Urbano, March 29
A bird festival takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the market area. The event is 5 Euro. For more information, click here.

Marathon in Cividale del Friuli, March 29
A marathon begins at 9:30 a.m. in Cividale del Friuli. The course runs through three historical towns in the Friuli region. The event also includes relay races, individual runs and Nordic walking paths. For more information, call 040-829-190/393-469-0702 or click here.

Roller day in Treviso, March 29
A roller day event begins at 8 a.m. in downtown Treviso. The event includes a roller blade marathon, half marathon and exhibition. For more information, call 0422-382-931 or click here. 

Christ Passion reenactment in Revine Lago, March 29
A Christ Passion reenactment begins at 8:30 p.m. in front of the Church of San Matteo. The free event will show the last moments of Jesus' life.

Italian-American conversation course, beginning March 30
An Italian-American conversation course takes place from 9-11 a.m. Mondays and 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the Dardago school. The course is 10 Euro. For more information, e-mail comitatoruialsantome@libero.it.

Garden exhibit in Valsanzibio, all year round
A garden exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to sunset daily on Via Diana  2, Valsanzibio di Galzignano Terme, Padova. To celebrate the garden's 350th anniversary, many events have been organized. For more information, click here.
Vendors sell fresh produce, flowers, clothing and goods from 8 a.m. to 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:

- No markets

- The Pordenone antique market takes place in Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
- The San Daniele antique market takes place in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele with 80 exhibitors.
- The Piazzola sul Brenta antique market takes place in the city centre with 700 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
Ljubljana: 'Home away from home'
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
Tuscany: Central Italian region rich with tourism hot-spots
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
tabTrip videos 
AFN-Aviano takes viewers to various locations across Europe in their "Travel Europe" segment on YouTube. Check out these features to destinations like Salzburg, Venice, Slovenia and more by clicking here.  
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Information, Tickets and Travel Office trips
ITT offers several group, sightseeing and shopping trips. For more information, call 0434-30-3107, email ITT@aviano.af.mil or visit the office in the Exchange mall.

Outdoor Recreation trips
ODR now offers adventure trips. The office is located on Area F, near the South Gate. For more information or questions, call 0434-30-8623.

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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.

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 
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Commercial: 011-39-0434-30-7555
DSN: 314-632-7555 
Unit 6140, Box 100
Aviano AB, Italy
APO, AE 09604

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