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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.

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Leonardo da Vinci invention exhibit in Pordenone, Dec. 18 - Jan. 25
A Leonardo da Vinci invention exhibit takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at Via Bertossi 9. The exhibit is closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The event features 30 models of da Vinci's inventions. For more information, click here.

Photography exhibit in Pordenone, Dec. 18 - Jan. 3
A photography exhibit takes place from 4 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:45 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Corso Garibaldi. The free exhibit is closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1-2. The event features images of Pordenone and surrounding areas before World War I. For more information, click here.

Photography exhibit in Passariano di Codroipo, Dec. 18 - Jan. 11
A photography exhibit takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at Villa Manin. The event features the photography of Man Ray. Tickets are 10 Euro and include an audio guide. For more information, click here.

Photography exhibit in Pordenone, Dec. 18 - Jan. 11
A photography exhibit takes place from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at Galleria Harry Bertoia, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 60. The free event features the photography of Pierpaolo Mittica. For more information, click here.

Samurai artifact display in Treviso, Dec. 18 - Feb. 22
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

Ice skating rink in Piancavallo, Dec. 18 - Spring 2015
An ice skating rink is open from 10 a.m. to noon, 1:45 to 7 p.m. and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to noon and 1:45 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are 6 Euro for adults and 3 Euro for children under 12 years old. For more information, click here.

Ice skating rink in Claut, Dec. 18 - Mar. 29
An ice skating rink is open from 2 to 4 p.m.Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Italian holidays. Tickets are 6 Euro for adults and 3 Euro for children under 12 years old. Ice hockey practice is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information about the rink, click here. For more information about ice hockey practice, call 0434-30-8209.

Sand nativity display in Jesolo, Dec. 18 - Feb. 1
A sand nativity display takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays and holidays in Piazza Marconi. For more information on the free event, click here.

Nativity displays in Poffabro, Dec. 18 - Jan. 18
A nativity display takes place all day. Several nativity scenes are made with various materials and displayed in balconies and windows on the city streets. For more information on the free event, click here.

Nativity display in Passariano di Codroipo, Dec. 18 - Jan 11
A nativity display takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 1 at Villa Manin. The display is closed Dec. 25. More than 100 nativities, made of different materials, will be displayed in the rooms of the historical villa. For more information, click here. 

Choir concert in San Vito of Fagagna, Dec. 19
A choir concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at the church. The free concert features the chamber choir Gabriel Fauré. Donations are accepted. For more information, call 347-421-9976 or email assogf@gmail.com.

Gospel concert in Cordenons, Dec. 18
A gospel concert begins at 9 p.m. at the Cultural Center Aldo Moro on Via Traversagna 4. The event, which features the Trini Massie and The Sound of the Gospel Singers, costs 13 Euro. For more information, call 335-704-6007 or click here.

Christmas concert in Pordenone, Dec. 19
A Christmas concert begins at 8:30 p.m. in the San Francesco church on Via Cappuccini. The free event will feature traditional Christmas music. For more information, click here.

Choir concert in Budoia, Dec. 19
A choir concert begins at 8:45 p.m. at Via Bianco 4. The free event features the chamber choir Gabriel Fauré. Donations are accepted. For more information, call 347-421-9976 or email assogf@gmail.com.

Gospel concert in Gorizia, Dec. 20
A gospel concert begins at 4:30 p.m. in Piazza San Antonio. The free event features the FVG Gospel Choir. For more information, click here.

Christmas market in Tolmezzo, Dec. 21
A Christmas market takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along the streets of the town. A Christmas concert will also begin at 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

Christmas market in Barcis, Dec. 21
A Christmas market takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along the city streets. Caroling will take place throughout the day and attendees will have the opportunity to ride in a train driven by Santa Claus. For more information, click here.

Choir concert in Pordenone, Dec. 21
A choir concert begins at 3:30 p.m. at the S. Marco Cathedral. The free event features the Montecavallo Choir. For more information, click here.

Gospel concert in Pordenone, Dec. 21
A gospel concert  begins at 4:30 p.m. in the central Piazza XX Settembre square. The free event will feature the FVG Gospel Choir. For more information, click here. 

Gospel concert in Roveredo in Piano, Dec. 22
A gospel concert begins at 9 p.m. at the St. Bartholomew Cathedral in Piazza Roma. The free event features The Disciple Gospel Singers. For more information, call 335-704-6007 or click here.

Jazz concert in Budoia, Dec. 26
A jazz concert begins at 5 p.m. at the church in the town square. The free event features the Collis Chorus, directed by Roberto DeLuca. For more information, click here.

Mountain hike, dinner in Forni Avoltri, Dec. 20 and 27
A mountain hike and dinner event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are 8.50 Euro for the hike a
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Markets
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:

Saturday, Dec. 20
- 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, Dec. 21
- 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.

Saturday, Dec. 27
- No markets

Sunday, Dec. 28
- The Cividale del Friuli takes place in Piazza Duomo and annexed with about 200 exhibitors.
- The Sacile antique market takes place in Piazza del Popolo with about 60 exhibitors.
- The Treviso antique market takes place in Borgo Cavour with about 110 exhibitors.
- The Pordenone antique market takes place in Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
- The San Daniele antique market takes place in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele with about 80 exhibitors.
-The Piazzola sul Brenta antique market takes place in the city centre with about 700 exhibitors.

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
- The Codroipo antique market takes place in Piazza Garibaldi with about 40 exhibitors.
- The Montereale antique market takes place in Piazza Roma with about 30 exhibitors.
- The Udine antique market takes place in Piazza I Maggio with about 70 exhibitors.

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
- The Aviano antique market takes place in the city center with about 200 exhibitors.
- The San Vito al Tagliamento antique market takes place in Piazza del Popolo with about 70 exhibitors.
- The Vittorio Veneto antique market takes place with about 70 exhibitors.

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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
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
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Information, Tickets and Travel Office trips
ITT offers several group, sightseeing and shopping tour trips weekly. The office is now located in the Exchange mall. For more information, call 043-430-3107, email ITT@aviano.af.mil or click here.

Rome for Christmas, Dec. 23-25
Pisa and Florence, Dec. 27
Ljubljana Christmas market, Dec. 27
Paris for New Years, Dec. 30 - Jan. 3
Lucerne, Switzerland, Jan. 3
Munich and Dachau Concentration Camp, Jan. 3
Volterra and San Gimignano, Jan. 3
Republic of San Marino, Jan. 10
Guided Florence and leather purse factory, Jan. 10
Guided Verona and oil tasting, Jan. 10

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 or click here.

Matterhorn overnight, Dec. 25-28
Piancavallo ski school, Dec. 29-31
Civetta skiing and snowboarding, Jan. 3
Kronplatz skiing and snowboarding, Jan. 4
Bad Moos skiing and snowboarding, Jan. 10
Vrsic Pass hike, Jan. 11
Sledding, Jan. 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."
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Base Operator/ Locator:
International: 011-39-0434-30-1110 
In Italy: 0434-30-1110
DSN: 314-632-1110 
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