Once you get to Vicenza and spend a couple of days getting adjusted and in-processed; you will probably start to feel a bit claustrophobic living in a small hotel room. Many of you will still be waiting for your car to catch up with you. One option is to use the Vicenza public transportation system.
Riding the bus is sometimes overwhelming for those of us who are not accustomed to using public transportation. I finally figured out that I could use Google Maps to figure out which bus to take to get to a particular destination. Here is a short tutorial on using Google Maps to figure out the bus schedule.
Step 1. Go to Google Maps.
Step 2. Put in your address.
You can use either the search bar or the bar indicated on the left side to enter your address.
Step 3. Click on “Get Directions”.
This step is pretty obvious! The second box appears when you click on the “Get directions” button.
Step 4. Click on the “Bus” button.
If you don’t click on the bus icon, you will get driving directions.
Step 5. Enter your destination address.
The second line is where you put the place you want to go. If you don’t know the address, you can sometimes just put the name and google maps finds the address for you! This works for many museums and historical locations, sometimes for restaurants and shops.
Step 6. Enter the time you want to leave.
If you want to find the times the bus will arrive at a particular place just click on the down arrow in the box on the far right. It will show you the times the bus leaves. If you don’t tell the computer the time you want to leave, it will tell you the next time the bus leaves. If you are getting the schedule for another day, just put the date in the middle box. Sometimes bus schedules change for weekends and holidays, so this could be an important step if you want an accurate schedule.
Step 7. Click on the blue “Get Directions” button.
Another pretty self-explanatory step.
Step 8. All done! Read your directions and go!
You can see several options. The bus you will take is bus 1. It stops every ten minutes at this particular stop. Your bus ride will be about 8 minutes. When you see the little walking guy, you know you will have to walk some to get to the exact location you are headed.
Example of Google Map Search
This route is from the bus stop in front of Caserma Ederle Chapel Gate to Teatro Olimpico. You can see that the bus will stop several times before you get off. After getting off the bus, the black route shows where you will walk to get to your destination. Along the right side, the directions are written out with the time it takes to get from one location to the next.
As you can see, google maps are easy to use and will help you get where you want to go whether in a car or taking the bus. The one limitation of using google maps is that only the Vicenza AIM buses are available. If you live in an outlying area, you will have to figure out the local bus schedule to get to Vicenza before you can use the google map information. Hopefully, in the future, all the areas served by the blue SITA buses will be included.
I’ve been here for a few years now. Daily life seems to take all my energy and I don’t notice all the amazing sights and beauty that surrounds us all in the Veneto Region of Italy. Soon, I will have visitors from the states. I am getting excited all over again about living in Italy. I get to show off what I know of the area and the chance to do some more exploring!
Tom, from The Palladian Traveler, stopped by and left a comment on my blog recently. So I cruised on over to his blog to see what was there. It was a great place for me to find the inspiration I have lacked! He has taken some beautiful photographs of different areas of Italy. Not only that, he has some great reviews of the local food and wines! It is a great blog to visit for anyone who lives in Italy or just wants to dream of living here.
Since I am in the area near Vicenza, I decided I had to share The Palladian Traveler’s video of Basilica Palladiana.Here it is!
If you want to see some seriously wonderful photographs of Italy, read a bit about Italian wine, or even learn how to make a spritz; go over and say “Hello!” to The Palladian Traveler!
A video blogger that has some great travel information has done a video about 5 Things You Will Hate and 5 Things You Will Love about Vicenza. This video is directed toward all the military personnel who will PCS to Vicenza, so I thought it fitting to share it here. At times it drags a bit, but it gives you one man’s opinion about what is good and not so good about living in Vicenza. If you get nothing else from it, you will get a glimpse of beautiful downtown Vicenza.
Here it is!
Wolter’s World has a number of good videos on different cities, countries and even languages. If you have questions about a certain place, Mark (the guy in the video) probably can help you out. Visit his website to see more or look him up on YouTube.
I just learned of a cool event that I want to attend, but I am sure you might be interested in it too.
The Blessings Bonanza is basically a big swap meet. Only, everything is free. You bring your stuff, Others bring their stuff. Take what you want, leave the rest.
For those of us with growing kids, this could be a wonderful opportunity to find some new to you clothes or toys.
For those of us who are
pack rats collectors, this is a great opportunity to get rid of some stuff.
The best part of the whole deal is that if you don’t get rid of everything, what is left over will be donated!
Love this idea! A big thank you to whoever is putting this together. I’m getting my stuff together and bringing it to the chapel that day!
So, you make it through the paperwork, the flight and have managed to settle into your cramped hotel room in Vicenza. There are so many things to get used to when you arrive, but if you are anything like I am all you can think about is getting some wheels so you can learn about your new city. Unless you shipped your car early, you probably have a few weeks without your POV. That leaves you with the options of using public transportation, walking or renting a car. There is nothing wrong with the first two, but most Americans are not used to living without a vehicle, so the third option is pretty attractive.
Get A SETAF Driver’s License First
First of all, you run to the lovely yellow in-processing building by the Ederle Inn and take a class for your driver’s license. Then take the test. If you are here because you are military, you need to have the SETAF Driver’s License before you drive a car on post. It doesn’t do a lot of good to have a car and then be forced to park it outside of post each time you have to be on post. Even worse if you are staying in the Ederle Inn for obvious reasons.
Car Rental Options
On Post Car Rental
Europacar is located in the PX and is the most convenient place for those who are staying at Ederle Inn to rent a car. They are used to dealing with military and understand English, for the most part. The downside of Europacar is that they are more expensive than some of the other car rental companies in Vicenza. The contact number for Europacar is 0444-505916.
As American’s, we are all pretty familiar with car rental agencies Hertz and Avis. If you need a car, it is pretty easy to hop on the bus and get off at the main station downtown. Both of these car rental places are downtown near the train and bus stations.
Hertz Car Rental is located on Piazzale Bologna, 23. You can phone them at 0444-231728.
Avis Car Rental is located at Viale Milano, 88. The phone number is 0444-321622.
Other Vicenza Locations
Buchbinder Car Rental is located near post at Via Roma 1 in Torri Del Quartesolo. Of all the rental places, this place has the reputation for being least expensive. The contact number for Buchbinder is 0444-389366.
A final option that I just learned of recently, is Roberto Della Massara located at Via Quadri 83. Their contact number is 0444-507226. I have been told that they rent cars at reasonable rates and are less expensive than the car rental on post.
Hopefully, one of these companies can help you with temporary wheels before your POV arrives!
Occasionally, I read a blog post that is just too good not to share. When I read this post on the Fodor’s travel blog, it struck a chord with me. We hear a lot about how to act when in Italy, but sometimes it is good to hear what we should avoid doing!
My two favorite tips is “Don’t wear a tube top to Vatican City.” and “Don’t expect things to happen on time.” They are all good, though. Visit the blog to read the article.
I stumbled upon this video some kind person did to show others what the post housing looks like here in Vicenza. I thought it would be helpful to anyone moving. If you want to know more about housing, you can check out this post or this post. I am past due for writing another post on housing, so that is coming soon!
Here is the video: