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  • Work, Volunteer, Learn


    Finding employment overseas is a challenge. Be open to contractor, federal jobs or starting as a volunteer.

    • Job announcement email blast
    • Contractor website list
    • Resume and interview seminars
    • SOFA employment rules

    Federal Employment Preferences

    Starting 30 days before you arrive at a new duty station, military spouses can apply to government jobs using preferences for job consideration (if you meet all criteria). You’ll have:

    • Military Spouse Preference (MSP)
    • Overseas Family Member Preference
    • Search USAJobs to apply
    • PCS Orders listing your name
    • Marriage License


    Be proactive! Volunteering is a great way to meet others at your new home in Aviano and enhance your professional career. Often, volunteering is just what you need to get your foot in the door to a great job!

    Visit the MFRC Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

    American Red Cross
    Visit the MFRC Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

    Aviano DoDEA
    Get in touch with your School Liaison Officer to learn about how you can volunteer in the STEM program and support the military youth in our community!


    For adults who are interested in continuing or starting their studies, there are excellent resources here.

    • School accreditation
    • Examinations
    • Financial aid
    • Local college programs
    • JST transcripts
    • GI Bill programs

    Testing: Visit the National Testing Center if you need to complete testing prior to applying for a program. Testing fees apply.

    Scholarships & Certifications:

    • Nat’l Military Family Assoc.
    • Spouses of Aviano
    • MYCAA
  • Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)

    The information on First 31 is general in nature and may not apply to every situation, e.g. information may be different for Italian or European Union (EU) Nationals.

    U.S. military members, government civilian employees, contractors, and their dependents in Italy live here pursuant to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). U.S. military members on orders do not need a passport or a visa to enter and remain in Italy. However, U.S. Government civilian employees and all dependents who are not EU citizens are required to have a Missione Visa and Soggiorno Permit. The Italian government gives these documents to those individuals who are here solely for the purpose of the U.S. military mission and, therefore, have “SOFA protected” status.

    With a Missione Visa and Missione Soggiorno Permit, you are eligible for employment on base with the U.S. Forces. To be employed in Italy by someone other than the U.S. Forces (U.S. Forces would include GS, NAF, and U.S. Government contracted positions) may require additional authorizations and could result in adjustments to your ‘SOFA protected” status, which would likely impact your SOFA privileges, which include access to the BX, access to the commissary, access to the military postal system, use of SETAF registered vehicles, provision of rations, and availability of legal assistance under foreign criminal jurisdiction, among other benefits. Furthermore, one switching from a Missione Visa to an Italian Work Visa would have to return to the U.S. (or their country of nationality) to apply for an Italian Work Visa. In addition to the possibility of losing “SOFA protected” status, an individual may be required to comply with a number of Italian laws and regulations.

    In general, military members, government civilian employees, contractors, and dependents are prohibited from holding off-base employment or conducting off-base commercial enterprises without an Italian Work Visa. If you have questions regarding telework, “de minimis” work, or working as a civilian in Italy, generally, please contact the Legal Assistance Office.

  • 31 FW Force Support Services

    Below is a sampling of some of what 31FSS offers. With over 20 different facilities, we are here to make your time at Aviano fun, productive and comfortable. Head over to to see everything we offer - from a combined officer/enlisted club to coffee shops to the Post Office, A&FRC, Youth Programs and more!

    Want to know what’s going on around the base? Check out the Grapevine! Available at a variety of 31FSS locations around base, and at!

    Arts and Craft Center

    Arts & Crafts offers workshops, a craft supply store, a wood shop, engraving, and support to take on all your projects.

    Auto Hobby Shop
    The Auto Hobby Shop provides high-tech automotive repairs and diagnosis with lifts, stall spaces, specialized equipment, do-it-yourself work spaces and staff to assist with all your vehicle maintenance needs.
    Alpine Golf Course

    Open year-round, Alpine Golf Course offers golf lessons, leagues, and tournaments, with the season start in February. The course has 9 holes with 2 different tee boxes–1 for the front 9 and one for the back 9.

    Base Pool

    Cool off & have fun at the Aviano Base Pool! The outside pool is located on Area 1 behind the Exchange. It is typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, though the exact dates vary year to year.

    Bowling Center

    Aviano Lanes is located in Area 1. It offers birthday parties, squadron events, leagues, tournaments, and themed events that keep families and fun in mind.

    Cosmic bowling is offered every Friday & Saturday evening. For lane availability or special events, please call 632-7487.

    Engraving Shop
    Plaques, awards & farewell gifts such as: wine boxes, beer steins, assorted glasses, humidors, gondolas, coin holders, and more are available!
    Fitness Centers

    Dragon Fitness Center - Offers a variety of fitness classes, as well as space to keep an eye on your children while you work out. The locker rooms also offer saunas!

    Wyvern Fitness Center - Expanded functional fitness options, traditional weight training, and a multi-purpose area for unit physical training, & fitness classes.

    Gym Etiquette


    Located on Area 1, Building 149. The Library offers books, DVDs, CDs, and access to online research databases and electronic resources through USAFELIBRARIES.ORG. It also hosts various events throughout the month, such as story time, clubs, art projects, and more!

    Community Center

    The Community Center is located on Area 1. They cater to all members of the Aviano community to include youth, teens, single airmen, families and retirees.

    They offer annual events:

    • 4th of July Celebration
    • Fall Fest and Haunted House
    • Tree Lighting and Wyvern Wonderland
    • Spring into Spring
    • Family Bingo
    • Family Movie Nights
    • Talent Shows
    • And more!

    The main building houses:

    • Cyber Café
    • Ballroom with Stage
    • Conference Room

    They also offer: fax, scan, printing, and copying services, which comes with a fee.

    Café de Crayons
    Café de Crayons is a children’s play area for ages 0 to 5 years. Adults can enjoy coffee, comfortable seating, read or just relax while their little ones play in a safe, toy-filled area.

    Cultural Art Classes

    • Ballet, Jazz and Tap
    • Music classes
    • Italian language classes
    • Zumba and more
    • Dog training
    • Yoga

    Become an Instructor
    Arts and Crafts, Community Center, and Youth Programs are always looking for new instructors. Contact them if you are interested.

    Information Tickets and Travel (ITT)

    Traveling in Italy is one of the best parts of being stationed here! Information Tickets and Travel (ITT) and Outdoor Recreation (ODR) are two agencies that offer some amazing trips and can help you arrange trips with ease.

    The ITT office offers: group and customized tour packages as well as one day, express, overnight and morale tours. They also provide sightseeing and shopping trips, along with squadron and private tours. You can view all their upcoming trips and book with ease at

    In addition to tours, ITT offers the below items for purchase:

    • Vignettes
    • Amusement Park Tickets


    • They can arrange bus transportation for your private group!
    • They offer discount trips that qualify for Deployed-Affected Programming, Recharge for Resiliency, & Single Airman. Check with them monthly. Details are also always in the Grapevine!
    Outdoor Recreation (ODR)

    ODR offers:

    • Equipment rental
    • Monthly adventure trips (zip-lining, rafting, skydiving, etc.)
    • In-house maintenance shop for ski, snowboard and bicycle repair
    • Retail sales operation for winter ski and snowboard equipment
    • Oversight and booking for the Area D park and pavilion
    • Operation of the summer seasonal base swimming pool and oversight of the skate park located in Freedom Park
    • Execution of a wide variety of outdoor adventure programs and instructional classes
    • Information and referral program where customers can obtain hiking trail maps and local brochure information on relevant sites
    • Outdoor Rec takes reservations in advance for all scheduled adventure trips

    Instructional Programs Offered:

    • Scuba certification
    • Lifeguard certification and re-certification
    • Swim lessons for all ages
    • Ski and snowboard lessons in the winter

    Recharge for Resiliency (R4R)

    In December 2015, the Air Force Services Activity (AFSVA) announced the launch of their new “Recharge for Resiliency” (R4R) program as the capstone for resiliency programming across the Air Force. Some activities are offered as low as $25! Check out the Grapevine, contact Outdoor Recreation, or go to to get information. The discounts available vary based on on qualifications; see the different initiatives listed below:

    1. The Deployed Affected Programming (DAP)
      • Initiative designed to provide support for Airmen and families impacted by deployments.
      • Eligibility Requirements: Open to families of deployed personnel, recently returning service members and their families, or families with a service member soon to deploy.
      • Is your spouse currently deployed? Bring a friend on the trip with you for the same discounted price!
    2. RecOn Initiative
      • Designed for any member of the base community (active duty, civilian, and dependents) to assist them in exploring the exciting adventures available in our local area through Outdoor Recreation.
    3. The Single Airman Initiative
      • Designed to foster a strong culture, mission and sense of community for Single Airmen.
      • It provides a wide variety of social and recreation opportunities through FSS activities, and offers MWR life skills classes to create a Single Airman culture that supports the “whole person – healthy lifestyle.”
      • Eligibility Requirements: Open to Air Force active duty or Air Reserve Component officer or enlisted member without a spouse.
  • Military & Family Readiness Center

    The Military and Family Readiness Center (MFRC) is a gateway to the resources you need. It is one part of the overall Family Readiness System, which is the network of agencies, programs, services, partnerships and individuals that supports your personal and family life readiness, mobilization and deployment readiness, and economic readiness. It should be one of your first stops once you arrive at the new installation.

    Military & Family Readiness Center

    31 FSS/FSH Bldg 1431, Area F
    Commercial: +39 0434-30-5407 or 314-632-5407

    Deployment Support
    Assists you and your family during all phases of the deployment cycle, providing workshops and services to help meet the challenges of deployment.
    Relocation Assistance
    Services include relocation workshops that help you prepare for a move, and information on installations and communities worldwide. Relocation assistance also includes assistance with in-transit emergencies.
    Personal Financial Management
    Provides information, education and one-on-one financial counseling to assist you and your family in maintaining your financial readiness. Services are designed to address money management issues throughout your active-duty life-cycle and into retirement.
    Employment Assistance
    Offers comprehensive information, tools and resources to support career exploration, training and licensing, as well as employment readiness.
    Personal and Work Life Program
    Provides information and education to assist you and your family in developing resilience skills that can help as you navigate your mobile military lives.
    Information and Referral
    Can assist you in identifying and clarifying needs to determine appropriate forms of assistance and in locating services and programs available both on and off your installation.
    The Transition Assistance Program
    Prepares separating, retiring and demobilizing service members (and their families) with the information, skills and knowledge necessary for a successful transition from military to civilian life. The first step in your transition process is to complete the congressionally mandated pre-separation counseling session, which furnishes detailed information on the various benefits and services available.
    Exceptional Family Member Program – Family Support
    Assists in connecting families with community/family support services. Services include information and referral, events, seminars and programs focusing on special needs issues to help families become better advocates for themselves.

    Air Force Aid Society

    Provides emergency financial assistance to Air Force members, both active duty and retired and their families, through interest-free loans or grants.

    Emergency assistance can include:

    • Emergency assistance loans, grants, scholarships
    • Community Programs Enhancements

    Services Provided by MFRC

    • Transition Assistance & Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2)
    • Employment Assistance (EA)
    • Volunteer Resources
    • Casualty Assistance/Survivor Benefit Program (CAR/SBP)
    • Personal & Family Readiness
    • Personal & Work Life (P&WL)
    • Air Force Forever Family (AFFF)
    • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP-FS)
    • Emergency Financial Assistance (AFAS)
    • Relocation Assistance (RA)
    • Emergency Preparedness (AFPAAS, NEO, EFAC)
    • Information & Referral (I&R)
  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)

    The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault survivor care 24/7/365. The SARC is also responsible for ensuring intervention and prevention training is accomplished acorss the installation.

    Sexual Assault Defined

    Sexual Assault is criminal conduct that falls well short of the standards America expects of its men and women in uniform and is a violation of our Air Force Core Values. Sexual Assault is defined as intentional sexual conduct, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.

    Consent shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.

    24/7 Support

    The Aviano Air Base SAPR office provides a 24-hour, 7-day a week sexual assault response capability for all victims on the installation, as well as assigned geographically separated units.

    After you contact the SAPR office, you may be assigned a trained Victim Advocate. Your Victim Advocate will explain reporting options, attend interviews and hearings, and can even meet you at the hospital for a medical evaluation, treatment or examination, as required. It is your option to accept or decline victim advocacy.

    Help is just a phone call away! If you have been sexually assaulted, please call the 24/7 SAPR Hotline at DSN 314 632-7272 (SARC) or +39 0434 30 7272

    Restricted Reporting

    • Privileged Communication with SARC/VA
    • Access to SARC/VA without reprisal
    • Available to active duty/DoD civilians/active duty dependents
    • Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (optional)
    • Medical services
    • Chain of Command NOT notified
    • No investigation
    • Counseling/Chaplain services
    • Special Victims Counsel (SVC)

    Unrestricted Reporting

    • Privileged Communication with SARC/VA
    • Access to SARC/VA without reprisal
    • Available to active duty/DoD civilians/active duty dependents
    • Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (optional)
    • Medical services
    • Chain of Command notified
    • OSI investigation
    • Counseling/Chaplain services
    • Expedited transfer option (PCS/PCA)
    • Military Protective Order (MPO)
    • Special Victims Counsel (SVC)

    DSN: 632‐SARC (7272)
    Comm: 0434‐30‐7272

  • Chapel

    Chapel Office

    Our Aviano Chaplain Corp Offices are located on Area F, 3 doors left of the MENSA Italian Cafeteria. You can reach us, Mon-Fri, 0800-1700, DSN: 632-5211, COMM: +39-0434-30-5211.
    For After-Duty Hour Emergencies, reach the Duty Chaplain via the Command Post +39-0434-30-3100.

    Find all our most current information and activities at Aviano Chapel:

    Chapel Facebook

    Helping people is our highest priority. Every unit at Aviano Air Base has an assigned chaplain who is available to you. As an Active Duty Member or Dependent, you maintain the right of "Privileged Communication" when speaking with a chaplain. This means that any discussions and matters of conscience are 100% confidential and protected by AFI 52-101, 4.1, 16 Apr 2004.

    Our Aviano Chaplain Corps offers...
    100% confidential counseling for military members & dependents: singles, couples, families, parents and children

    Advocacy in religious accommodation issues Advisement to Commanders & squadron leadership

    Fellowship activities
    Religious education for children, youth and adults Men, women and youth study and service groups Ministry in dorms and workplaces

    Worship services, rites and sacraments Referral to off-base English-speaking places of worship

    Volunteer opportunities for adults and youth Space for support groups and meetings


    The Airmen Ministry Center features: Free Wi-Fi; massage chairs; classic video arcade machines with Pac Man, Millipede, etc.; PlayStation 4; Xbox One; board games; snacks and DVD movies. Open during duty hours, M-F 0800-1630

    Counseling by Appointment
    Individual, family, and marriage counseling with 100% confidentiality.

    Weddings by Appointment
    For weddings, you must take the marriage preparations courses. Please provide six months’ notice prior to actual wedding.

    Chapel Times

    Unless otherwise noted, all services are held at the Area 1 Chapel (behind AAFES)

    • Saturday

      Catholic Confession: 1630-1720
      Catholic Mass: 1730-1830

    • Sunday

      Catholic Confession: 0800-0820
      Catholic Mass: 0900-1000
      Catholic Religious Education: 1015-1115
      Protestant Worship Service: 1100-1200
      Protestant Kid’s Church: 1100-1200
      Church of Christ Bible Study (Education Center, Room 15): 1000-1100
      Church of Christ (Education Center, Room 15): 1100-1200

    • Weekday

      Catholic Confessions: Monday-Thursday, 1100-1120 Catholic Mass: Monday-Thursday, 1130-1200

    Follow CV-19 guidance provided for your specific service.

  • Trains, Planes, Buses & Shuttles


    Check Italian train schedules and prices at:

    • Buy your ticket at the counter, kiosk, online, or with ITT
    • Validate your ticket before boarding
    • The ticket expires 4 hours after validating
    • Be sure to board the correct train and class of car
    • Tickets are $3-5 cheaper each online

    Note: Boarded the wrong train? Notify the conductor ASAP and pay the ticket difference. It’s cheaper than a fine!


    Flying throughout Europe is incredibly cheap! There are a variety available. Here are a few:


    • The main airport in Venice is Marco Polo Airport (VCE) Members also use Venice Treviso (TSF) and Trieste (TRS) airports for travel
    • Pay with a debit card to avoid credit card fees (2%)
    • Pay for luggage & check-in online to reduce fees
    • Read baggage policies - budget airlines are strict!

    Local Buses

    • Buy your tickets at “tabaccheria” stores or on a bus
    • Validate your ticket on the bus each time you board
    • Use Google Maps for public bus routes/schedules
    • Buses are not always on time, patience is recommended

    Aviano Air Base Shuttle

    Aviano Air Base Shuttle is an intrabase shuttle provided to the community Monday to Friday. The shuttle offers priority to active duty passengers. Military families and civilian workforce are also welcome to utilize the base shuttle on a space availability basis.

    Shuttle schedules are located at the bus stops by the A&FRC, 555th FS, AMC/510th FS, CE Readiness building, Area 1 Community Center, Italian Mensa, MVL, DFAC and Vehicle Maintenance.

    • The morning shuttle goes from 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. It starts at the A&FRC and completes a full loop
    • The mid-day shuttle goes from 10:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. It starts at the A&FRC and completes a full loop
    • The evening shuttle starts at Area 1 at 4:25 p.m. It ends at A&FRC at 4:55 p.m.

    Customer service hours are Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. DSN 632-4445 or 043-430-4445

  • Language & Culture

    Italian Philosophy

    You should indulge a little every now and then: perché no??
    There are many delicious treats like gelato, mouth-watering pastries, and decadent chocolates. Much like the philosophy on drinking, Italian culture has a “Perché no?” take on treats. “Perché no?” translates to “why not?” The idea is to treat yourself by having a little bit of something tasty (because, why not?) but not having so much that you’re gorging yourself.

    Drink a little bit, but not too much
    Italians love their vino (wine)...but they don’t overdo it. In Italy, a bottle of wine is shared among friends or around the dinner table. Keep it classy and don’t fill the glass to the edge.

    Eat slowly, locally and with others
    There’s really no such thing as Italian fast food. Sure, you’ll find a McDonald’s here and there, but in Italy the concept of eating is not “fast.” Italy is all about “slow food.” Dinners are unhurried and eaten around a table (not a TV or computer screen) with one’s family. In Italy, food is natural, authentic, and sourced locally.

    Stop hurrying, start relaxing
    Life is less hurried in Italy. People don’t rush around with to-go cups of coffee, but rather sip their espresso at the “bar”. Meals tend to be longer, whether they are at restaurants or at home. Many Italians take a Siesta of sorts, from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., to eat lunch and relax. This is called Riposo.

    Having family nearby is the best thing ever
    Families in Italy tend to stay in the same area, rather than move around. Grandparents often care for grand-children, siblings remain close, and extended families are huge and welcoming. Having family nearby is deeply valued in Italy. Having nonna (grandma), aunts, uncles and cousins drop by for dinner during the week or having a weekly extended family meal every Sunday is common and brings everyone together.

    Maintain a “bella figura”
    Bella figura literally translates to “beautiful figure” but it’s more idiomatic than that. The idea of maintaining a bella figura is more like the idea of maintaining a good public image. Bella figura is more than just looking good, it’s a way of life that emphasizes aesthetics and good behavior.

    The underlying meaning of “ALLORA”
    Allora (so, then, well) is one of those filler words that’s highly useful when thinking of what to say in Italian. Used by itself, it can express impatience: Allora! (Come on!, Hey!) Allora comes from the Latin “ad illa horam” (at that time) and means precisely that, when talking about the past. Allora means “then” in several senses of the word (well/so, at that time, in that case).

    Fun Facts

    • The oldest olive tree is in Umbria and is reportedly over 1,700 years old.
    • With almost 40 million visitors, Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world.
    • When McDonald’s opened in 1986 in Rome, food purists outside the restaurant gave away free spaghetti to remind people of their culinary heritage.
    • An estimated 3,000 euros are thrown into the Trevi Fountain each day. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy.

    Country Facts

    • The official name of Italy is the Italian Republic.
    • The official language is Italian.
    • The capital city is Rome, also called "The Eternal City” and is almost 3,000 years old.
    • According to legend, the brothers Romulus and Remus (the founders of Rome) were raised by a she-wolf in a cave on Palatine Hill. Rome's emblem is the she-wolf suckling the two brothers.
    • The population is almost 62 million people.
    • Two independent mini-states are surrounded entirely by Italy: San Marino and Vatican City.
    • While technically not part of the European Union, both of these states are also part of the Schengen Area and the European Monetary Union (EMU).














































  • Parking & Markets


    Free Parking

    White painted lines and a sign with a “P” signify free parking. It is usually along a street or in a large public parking lot unless indicated otherwise (i.e. resident’s permit).

    Limited Parking (FREE)

    White painted lines and a sign with a “P” and a number such as 30’ or 60’ underneath means that parking is limited to 30 or 60 minutes. Use a “disco orario” to indicate when you parked, this is blue and white and has a clock face. Set the hands of the clock to indicate when you arrived. They may be purchased at most gas stations, department stores or at the Shoppette.

    Pay Parking

    Blue painted lines mean you must buy a ticket. Park your car then look for a blue box nearby with a large “P” on it. Parking usually costs more near the center of the town. Purchase as much time as you need by putting your money in the machine. Put the ticket inside your car on the dash. If you do not see the blue ticket machine, walk in the nearest bar. In some towns (for example parts of Conegliano) the bar attendants sell the parking tickets!

    TIP: An easy way to figure out mileage: multiply kilometers by 6, then drop the last number. For example: 200 kilometers x 6 = 120 miles.

    Shopping at the Weekly Markets

    MondayManiago, Azzano Decimo, Valvasone, Meduno, Vittorio Veneto, Lignano
    TuesdayAviano, Casarsa, Codroipo, San Quirino. Zoppola, Prata di Pordenone, San Martino al Tagliamento, Sesto al Reghena, Vivaro
    WednesdayPordenone, Budoia, San Daniele, Cordignano, Oderzo, Latisana, Rauscedo, Maron di Brugnera, Claut, Arzene
    ThursdayRoveredo, Fontanafredda, Sacile, Fiume Veneto, Cavas-so Nuovo, Morsano al Tagliamento, Cordovado, Portogruaro, Arba, Pravisdomini, Travesio, Vajont, Trieste (via Riccardo di Giusto)
    FridayCordenons, Porcia, Caneva, San Vito al Tagliamento, Caneva, Montereale Valcellina, Conegliano, Pasiano di Pordenone, San Giorgio della Richinvelda, Sequals
    SaturdayPordenone, Polcenigo, Spilimbergo, Caorle, Motta di Livenza, Treviso, Trieste (via Redipuglia), Trieste (Piazzale via delle Puglie)
    EverydayTrieste, (Mon-Fri) Piazza Garibaldi, Piazza dei Rivi, Campo Belvedere, (Mon-Sat flower market) via dell’Istria, (Tue-Fri) Piazza Puecher, (Mon-Sat) Capo Belvedere
    UdineVia Zanon and Piazza Matteotti

    Days and times are subject to change. During national holidays, the market may not be set up in certain towns.

    Flea and Antique Markets

    There are flea/antique markets in various towns around the base. The following is a detailed list of the monthly antique markets taking place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. within the surrounding communities. Vendors sell clothing, furniture, art, household goods and more. Dates are subject to change.

    Every first Saturday of the month:
    The Codroipo antique market takes place in Piazza Garibaldi. The Udine antique market takes place in Piazza I Maggio.

    Every second Saturday of the month:
    The Palmanova antique market takes place in Piazza Grande with 40 exhibitors. The Monfalcone antique market takes place in the city center with 70 exhibitors.

    Every third Saturday of the month:
    The Azzano Decimo antique market takes place in Piazza Libertà with 40 exhibitors. The Spilimbergo antique market takes place in Corso Roma.

    Every fourth/last Saturday of the month:
    No markets Every first Sunday of the month: The Aviano antique market takes place in the city center with 200 exhibitors. The San Vito al Tagliamento antique market takes place in Piazza del Popolo with 70 exhibitors. The Vittorio Veneto antique market takes place with 70 exhibitors.

    Every second Sunday of the month:
    The Muggia antique market takes place in Piazza della Repubblica with 50 exhibitors. The Vivaro antique market takes place near the sports complex with 30 exhibitors. The Portobuffole antique market takes place in and out of the walls with 250 exhibitors. The Asolo antique market takes place in Piazza Centrale with 100 exhibitors.

    Every third Sunday of the month:
    The Gradisca d’Isonzo antique market takes place in Piazza Unità d’Italia with 200 exhibitors. Godega di Sant’Urbano antique market takes place in Padiglione Fiera with 250 exhibitors.

    Every fourth Sunday of the month:
    The Cividale del Friuli takes place in Piazza Duomo and is annexed with 200 exhibitors. The Sacile antique market takes place in Piazza del Popolo with 60 exhibitors. The Treviso antique market takes place in Borgo Cavour with 110 exhibitors.

    Every last Sunday of the month:
    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 center with 700 exhibitors.

  • Eating Out

    The following information will assist you in choosing the correct establishment for your tastes and pocketbook. There are 5 general types of eating and drinking establishments.


    Café’/Bar, Pasticceria
    Open from early morning to late at night. Wine, liquor, beer and coffee are sold. Most bars have sandwiches, called a panini or toast, and perhaps chips. Others may have a small selection of pastries. Bathrooms (toilette/WC) are usually available. At large bars, such as in Autostrada, airports or railroad stations, tell the cashier what you want and pay for it. Take the receipt to the waiter or counter for your order to be filled.

    Pizzerias are open in the evenings and sometimes at lunch. Pizza is much thinner in Italy and is listed by name on the menu. All of the ingredients will appear underneath. If you order a “pepperoni pizza”, you will be brought a pizza covered in bell peppers, which is exactly what you ordered. To have the American pepperoni look for the ingredient “salamino piccante” or the “Diavola”.

    Open from about Noon – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. A trattoria is a simple restaurant and is usually family owned. Dinner is usually served in a separated area and behind the bar. Prices are fair for the type of food, which is simple and served in a home-like atmosphere.

    Open from late morning to late evening. Similar to a bar except they primarily serve wine & home-style-cooking. It’s a place where Italian men meet to chat or play cards and the women drop in for a quick cup of coffee.

    Italian agritourism is an original form of tourism in the countryside that has developed in Italy over the last thirty years. It means a stay in the country, either in rooms, apartments, complete housing units or camping sites made available to guests. You will enjoy a country meal with simple organic ingredients grown, raised, made in the farm, which can sometimes also be highly refined. Often available are their homemade delicatessen and a wide variety of outdoor activities (walking, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, fishing, sports or simply sunbathing).

    Doggie Bag
    It is inconceivable in Italy to take the remaining restaurant meal with you in a “doggie bag” or “to-go” bag. You can eat every course or choose any combination. The meal ends with IL DOLCE (the desserts), CAFFE (coffee) and a DIGESTIVO (a digestive drink-generally alcoholic) or SGROPPINO (lemon ice-cream and vodka).

    Open from approx. Noon – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. This is the highest form of eating establishment often with “atmosphere.” Reservations are strongly recommended. The reason is because the table will be most likely used for the entire evening. There is no fast turn over at the restaurants. Mealtimes in Italy are different from the U.S. Italians tend to eat after 8 p.m. and even 9 p.m. in the summer months. Printed menus are common but not always available, especially in Trattorias & Osterias. When the menu is not printed, the waiter informs you of that day’s specials. They usually will tell you all the courses at once. First the ANTIPASTO (appetizer), next the PRIMO PIATTI (soup, rice or pasta), next IL SECONDO (the main course usually meat or fish), then finally IL CONTORNO (vegetables or salad).

    Helpful Tips

    To tip or not to tip?
    Italians generally do not tip in restaurants, coffee bars, Trattorias and Pizzerias. Also keep in mind that all the prices that you see in restaurants or stores are the final price. You do not need to add any tax or tip.

    House Wine
    In many Italian Trattorie, you can get a low-cost house wine (white or red) in 1/4, 1/2, or one liter bottles. Local wines are part of the authentic Italian food experience.

    Cover and Service Charges
    Most restaurants charge “COPERTO”, will be listed separately on your bill a minimal (1-3 euro) cover charge which includes the cost of bread, table settings, etc.

    About Water
    Acqua gassata (pronounced “gasata”) or frizzante (“fritz-antay”) have bubbles, naturale does not. While tap water is safe to drink all over Italy, Italians usually drink bottled water because they prefer the taste (not because the restaurants are looking for an excuse to make you pay more). You can insist on tap water, but be aware that in most parts of Italy it is very hard (lots of calcium), and you may not like the flavor. In some facilities the local water is served in decanters and it is purified thru a filter system. Anywhere else, it can be difficult to get tap water brought to your table, but, if you want to try, ask for acqua del rubinetto.

    Sitting or Standing
    At many/most bars you will be charged more if you occupy a table, even if you fetch your drinks/snacks from the bar yourself. The more desirable the location (e.g., Saint Mark’s Square in Venice), the more ridiculous the price of a cup of coffee at a table. If you just want coffee, have it standing up at a little bar on a side street. If you want to rest your feet and enjoy the view, be prepared to pay for that.

    Restaurant Recommendations
    There are a lot of great restaurants around the region. Ask your friends and coworkers for recommendations, be sure to try them all!

  • Grocery & Shopping Tips

    Grocery Shopping


    • Local shops close for “riposo” from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Many local shops close on Sunday with limited hours on Monday
    • Chain stores are open all day (“orario continuato”)


    • Insert 1€ coin to unlock; return it and take your coin


    • Always use a glove to handle produce
    • Weigh your produce before checking out


    • Customers bag their own groceries
    • BYOB - Bring Your Own Bags or pay 0.10 - 0.50€ per bag

    Deli/Fish/Cheese/Pastry Counter

    • Take a number and wait for it to be called
    • ½ kilogram (“mezzo chilo”) = 500 grams = 1.1 lbs.
    • 100 grams (“un etto”), 200 grams (“due etti”)


    • Find raw milk (“latte crudo”) machines at farms
    • Use to find milk dispensaries

    Shopping Tips

    • Shops generally open between 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. to around Noon. Then they open again between 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and close between 7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Most are open from Tuesday to Saturday. Malls can be open 7 days per week from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Smaller grocery departments may be closed Sunday all day; Monday and Wednesday all afternoon. Larger grocery departments may be open all day and even on Sundays. Check the hours at the stores closest to your new home so you aren't caught by surprise.
    • Produce: do not touch fruits and merchandise in markets and small stores. The clerks will select fruits and vegetables for you. It is acceptable to point to the ones you want.
    • In the produce department (inside the grocery store) there are plastic gloves for you to use. Touching the food without them is not permitted. After preparing the bag, take it to the provided weighing station. Place the bag on the scale and touch the corresponding number on the scale. Usually the number is always provided and printed on the food tag right by the price.
    • There are no people to help you bag groceries. We prefer to use reusable bags and if you ask for a plastic one there is going to be a charge for it. Shopping carts: to release the shopping cart from the others you need to use a 1 or 2 euro coin.
    • For clothing (small clothing shops, “boutique”) let the clerk show you what they have. Helping yourself and pulling things off the shelves, opening boxes, or taking things off the racks may be considered unacceptable behaviors.
  • Community Stores

    While the base is a great resource and a convenient place to shop and eat, the local community has a lot to offer and really gives you a chance to feel like you are really living in Italy. Below are a list of stores to get you started. They are not endorsed or affiliated with Aviano Air Base.
    • Bricofer & Self
      Hardware stores
    • The Centro-Meduna
      A small mall with beauty shop
    • Ipercoop & Eurospar
      Grocery stores
    • Decathlon & Sportler
      A sporting goods stores
    • Gran Shopping Granfiume Mall
      This mall has a lot of shops such as H&M, clothing stores, and general stores
    • IKEA
    • Maxi-Zoo
      This is a general pet store
    • McArthur Glen Designer Outlet & Palmanova Outlet Village
      A outlet mall with several American and Italian brands
    • Media World
      This store has most of the electronics you will need
    • Scarpe Scarpe
      Scarpe means shoes in Italian
    • SME
      This store is a large general store much like a Wal-Mart or Target
    • UCI Cinemas
      The movie theater has English movies. English speaking movies are labeled O.V
  • Activities & Day Trips

    1 hour away
    • Venice
    • Lago Di Santa Croce
    • Jesolo Beach
    • Vajont Dam
    • Piancovala
    • Lake Barcis
    • Udine
    1.5 hours away
    • Murano
    • Padova
    • Cittadella
    • Chiogga
    • Fimon Lake
    • Marostica
    • Lumignano (hiking)
    • Miramare Castle
    • Trieste
    • Grotto di Oliero (boat ride thru cave)
    • Nove
    2 hours away
    • Asiago
    • Verona
    • Bassano del Grappa
    • Steak n Shake and Le Corti
    • Soave
    • Aquardens
    • Ferrara
    • Predjama Castle, Slovenia
    • Postojna Caves, Slovenia
    • Cortina d’ Ampezzo
    • Musurina Lake
    • Soca Valley, Slovenia
    • Contra Pria (natural pools)
    • Sirmione
    • Koper, Slovenia
    2.5 hours away
    • Manuta
    • Molina Waterfall Park
    • Gardaland
    • Garda Lake
    • Dog sledding near Folgaria
    • Bologna
    • Folgaria (skiing)
    • Trento
    • Lake Bled, Slovenia
    • Ljubljana, Slovenia
    3 hours away
    • Bergamo
    • Ledro Lake
    • Ravenna
    • Braies Lake
    • Pula, Croatia
    • Rovinij
    3.5 hours away
    • Merano
    • Milan
    • Tovel Lake
    • Molveno Lake
    • Florence
    • Lucca
    • Rimini Beach
    • Cinque Terre
    • San Marino
    4 hours away
    • Zagreb, Croatia
    • Lugano, Switzerland
    • Pisa
    • Sienna
    4.5 hours away
    • Innsbruck, Austria
    • Plitvice Lakes, Slovenia
    5 hours away
    • Garmish, Germany
    • Edelweiss Resort
    • Munich, Germany
  • Family Activities

    Don’t forget to check out Aviano’s Outdoor Rec Trips or the ITT Trips. Subscribe to the Snapshot and the Wyvern Weekly Newsletter for a calendar of upcoming local events and festivals. Below are a list of activities to get you started. They are not endorsed or affiliated with Aviano Air Base.

    Activities for Infants & Young Kids

    Water Parks

    Outdoor Adventure

    Zoos, Wildlife Parks & Aquariums

    Gardens & Nature Parks

    Amusement Parks

    • Caneva World Resort in Lazise sul Garda Movieland Studios, AquaParadise, Medieval Times
    • Gardaland in Castelnuovo del Garda (Lake Garda) - Sea life aquarium, rides, adventure “lands” for all ages
    • Aqualandia - Water park
  • Facebook Groups/Make it Better Clubs

    Spouse Support
    • Aviano Spouses
    • Aviano Spouse It Up
    • Spouses of Aviano
    • Community of Enlisted Spouses
    • Spouses of Aviano Special Activities
    Town Groups
    • San Foca Peeps
    • Sacile Peeps
    • Maniago Neighbors
    • Brugnera Residents
    • San Quirino Spouses
    • Fontanafredda Neighbors
    • Cordenones Crowd
    Buying & Selling
    • Aviano Web Sales
    • Aviano Classifieds
    • Aviano Yard Sale
    • Aviano Airman’s Attic
    • Aviano’s Junk to Treasure
    • Aviano Pet Page
    • Aviano Dog Park
    • Aviano Volunteer Pet Sitting
    • Aviano Veterinary Treatment
    • Aviano Fitness Mom and Tots
    • Aviano Car Enthusiasts
    • Aviano Tiny Car Club
    • Minis of Aviano
    • Aviano Photo Club
    • Beer Belly Bike Club Aviano
    • Improviano: Improvisation Group
    • Aviano Community Theater
    • Aviano Sewing & Craft Club
    • Aviano Yarn-a-holics
    • Aviano Green Thumbs
    • Aviano Makeup Chat
    • Aviano Avid Geeks and Gamers
    • Aviano Pokemon Go
    • Aviano’s Annual Trunk or Treat
    • Design and Unwind
    Food & Wine
    • Aviano Wine and Fun Events
    • Epic Eats Aviano
    • Aviano Foodies
    • Wine Gathering No Drama
    • Aviano Crunchy Living
    • Gluten Free Aviano
    • Aviano Wine Club
    • Aviano PAB
    • Aviano Elementary PTA
    • Aviano Boy Scout Troop 323
    • Aviano Breastfeeding Support Group
    • Aviano Alternative Schooling
    • Aviano Homeschool Group
    • Aviano (AB) Babysitters Club: ABC
    • Aviano Birth Workers
    • Mommy’s with Monsters
    • Airborne Angels
    • Aviano Expecting Mothers
    • Parents with kids in Italian schools
    • Aviano Parents of Twins and Multiples
    • Aviano EFMP-FS
    • Aviano Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
    • Aviano Parents of Twins & Multiples
    • Aviano Expecting Mothers
    • Aviano Scholastic Reading/Book Club
    • Aviano Babysitters Club (ABC)
    • Aviano Single Parents Group
    • Aviano Play Dates
    • Aviano Italian Play Class
    • Aviano Fitness Moms and Tots
    • Aviano Sea Dragons Youth Swim Team
    Travel & Events
    • Aviano Outdoor & Travel
    • Aviano’s Traveling Artists
    • Living in Italy – Travel Experience
    • Aviano Business Networking
    • Aviano AB EFMP-FS
    • Aviano Homes for Rent
    • Childfree Adventurers of Aviano
    • Aviano Single Parents Group
    • Aviano Air Base, Italy
    • Aviano LGBT Pride Alliance
    • Aviano Ladies Loving Lula Roe
    • Aviano Hispanic Latin American Community
    • Asian Pacific American Group (APAG)
    • Vicini Americani Aviano
    • Aviano Air Base Masters Swimming
    • Aviano Soccer Sunday
    • Bansai Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Italy
    • AAB Kids Karate BJJ
    • Aviano Women’s Soccer
    • Happy, Healthy and Fit
    • Aviano Wrestling
    • Aviano Running Club
    • Crossfit Aviano
    • Aviano Volleyballers
    • Aviano Rock Climbers