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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 
NCAA College Basketball Tour, Aug. now through Aug. 25
U.S. college basketball teams will compete in and around Venice for a series of friendly matches with the local Italian teams. NCAA teams include University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Boston University, University of New Mexico and St. Francis University. For more information on dates, times and locations, click here.

Mosaic exhibition in Spilimbergo, Aug. 14-30
A mosaic exhibition takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 8 p.m. at via Corridoni. The free event features one-of-a-kind pieces from a variety of international students. For more information, click here.

741st Birds Festival in Sacile, Aug. 16-17
An all-day bird festival takes place in the Sacile main square. On Saturday, the event features live music, food stands and fireworks at midnight. On Sunday, the event features a bird singing exhibition at 5 a.m., a dog show at 10 a.m., live music and food stands throughout the day. Tickets costs 8 euro on Saturday and 5 euro on Sunday. For more information, click here.

Historic reenactment in Spilimbergo, Aug. 15-16
A historical reenactment begins at 10 a.m. in the Spilimbergo main square. The event features court jesters, fire-eaters and flag demonstrations. There will be a holy mass held at 11 a.m. On Sunday, craft market will open at 9 a.m. with the historical reenactment beginning at 10 a.m. A closing parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. between Torre Orientale and via Roma. For more information, click here.

Music in Barcis, Aug 16
A live music performance begins at 8:30 p.m. at Lake Barcis. The event also features a fireworks demonstration at 11 p.m. For more information, click here.

Airshow in Grado, Aug 17
An airshow begins at 5 p.m. along the beach in Grado. The free event features the Italian aerobatics team Frecce Tricolori. For more information, click here.

Hiking and guided activities in the Friuli mountains
Throughout August, there will be numerous hiking and guided activities in the Friuli region including mountain biking, hiking and trekking. Participants must sign up by 6 p.m. the day prior for each trip. For a complete daily list, click here or here.

42nd Pordenone Pedala Bikeride in Pordenone, Sept. 7
A 44-kilometer non-competitive ride begins at 8:30 a.m. at Piazza Risorgimento. The event is open to riders of all ages and skill levels. Team Aviano members can register at the Dragon Fitness Center. The event costs 7 euro and includes a snack, lunch and free t-shirt for those who register on base. Registration possible also the morning of the event at the departure line. For more information, click here

Photography exhibition in Spilimbergo, now until Sep.7
The 28th Spilimbergo Photography exhibition will take place throughout the region now until Sept. 7. The exhibit features modern and historical photographs from famous artists. For more information on locations, dates and times, click here.

Grape harvest in San Quirino, Sept. 13
A grape harvest takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at Gelisi Antonio Winery in San Quirino. The free event will give participants an opportunity to harvest grapes at a local winery and learn about the wine process. Lunch will be provided. Due to limited spots, reservations are required and are only open to ages 18 and up on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot, click here.

Italian-American Friendship Festival in Sacile, Sept. 20

The Italian-American Friendship Festival is looking for volunteers for setup and tear-down for this year's event on Sept. 20. There will be three shifts between 3 and 9 p.m. To volunteer, 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.

Aug. 17 - Aviano Roadrunners will host the 13th Marcia S. Osvaldo volksmarch at 8 a.m. at San Martino al Tagliamento - Cantina Pitars. There will be a 6, 12 and 18 km race. Entry fee is 5 euro.

Aug. 24 -
Aviano Roadrunners will host the 39th Marcia Festa in Piassa del Donatore volksmarch at 8 a.m. at Villanova di PN - Fest tent sports field. There will be a 6, 12 and 21 km race. Entry fee is 5 euro.

Aug. 31 -
Aviano Roadrunners will host the Marcia Ator pai Pecoi volksmarch at 8 a.m. at Pinzano al Tagliamento - Pradis di Sotto. There will be a 4, 7 and 14 km race. Entry fee is 2:50 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 euro 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 Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On AP Highway heading toward Aviano, the station is the Agip on the left side after passing Area F.

Agip Via Pordenone 4 - Open Saturday 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:

There will be no scheduled antique markets for the month of August.
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
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
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.

Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Aug. 23
San Marino, Guided Gradara, Aug. 23
Croatia by Boat, Aug. 23
Dublin, Aug. 22-25
Salzburg & the Eagle's Nest, Aug. 30
Croatia by Boat, Aug. 30
Madame Butterfly at the Arena of Verona, Aug. 30
Paris, Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Munich & Dachau Concentration Camp, Aug.

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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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