I’ve been plodding along with PCS Italy for four years now. I wanted to make sure others who are moving to Vicenza have more information than I had when I got here. I hope all the information is helpful to you.
I found out it is our family’s time to leave Italy and return to the states. So, I am preparing my family to move.
I won’t be doing more than one or two more updates on this blog, but will leave it up so hopefully others find it helpful. I’m closing the comments in some sections, because I don’t know if I will have time to keep answering or if I will have the correct information to give out.
It is sad for me to leave, because living in Italy has been the adventure of a lifetime. The travel opportunities are amazing and living in a different culture has changed how I look at the world. At the same time, I do know that I will be happy to be able to shop in the afternoons, pop in to a convenience store at 10PM and not carry a language dictionary around!
I appreciate that you took the time to read what I write and hope it helped you at least a little!
Ciao for now!
A while back (like in 2012) I did a review about the Living in Vicenza website. I want to revisit it, because the site has grown and has a bunch more on it now than it did.
What is “Living in Vicenza” all about?
This website dedicates itself to providing information about Vicenza in English. They provide information on the area that no one else has in English. Yeah!!! I have VERY basic skills in Italian, but I have two kids and the caserma (post) is nearby. I do not work near as hard as I’d like to on learning Italian. So, I am happy to be able to read about what is going on in English.
Information Available on “Living in Vicenza”
Living in Vicenza has information on topics ranging from accommodations and events to art and culture. There are listings for businesses such as bike shops, pet care, auto parts, dentists, and restaurants.
My favorite part of the website is that up-to-date information about local events. The home page has an agenda section with a calendar of what is happening in Vicenza on the same day. Want to know what is happening the next weekend? Just click on the “choose the day” option on the calendar to the left of the page. You will get a list of what is going on nearby, so you can plan. Special tours and trips are available on a fairly regular basis, as well.
A map is almost always included on individual entries, so you can find your way to each event from Caserma Ederle. For me, this is helpful. Sometimes my GPS comes up with creative routes, so if I have an idea of where I am going I’m less likely to get lost!
My Final Thoughts
This website is worth taking the time to bookmark and “like” on Facebook.
I love that I can read what is going on in English, because it is easier than Google Translate. :) They are trying very hard to offer a service to the English-speaking population. I for one wish to support that effort! Nothing like this existed when I arrived and I appreciate this website. Keep up the good work “Living in Vicenza.”
In the past, the military used a website called AHRN to allow people to look for private rental housing around Vicenza. This website is no more. Now, there is a new site that will give you much the same information.
The new website, creatively named “Off Post Housing” or OPH, is pretty functional and I actually like it better than AHRN. First off, there is no registration involved. You can just navigate to the website and house hunt.
There are many search features that can narrow down your housing. Search by the number of bedrooms or bathrooms, if you like. You can additionally search by location or type of house. So, if you want a 3-bedroom apartment in downtown Vicenza, you can take a look at all the possibilities available at the moment. If you know what your housing allowance will be, you can even look at rentals by price.
For those of you who haven’t arrived in Italy yet, use the website to learn about the types of homes that are available. Don’t fall in love with a specific home, because there is a good chance it might not be available when you arrive. Knowing what the housing situation is here in Vicenza will help you make decisions about what to pack and what to store. It helps prepare you for the quirks and costs of life in Italy.
If you want to know post housing policies, you can take a look at the official housing policy memo here. In some situations, you will have few options in selecting your housing, but in other situations you have more choices. This memo spells it all out.
This website is a great tool whether you are still in the planning stage of your move or you are sitting in a hotel room waiting to find that perfect home. Good luck on your move!
I’m still around, just posting less often here.
I have become a bit of a blog-a-holic and have several blogs, so I seem to neglect them all at times.
That being said, I have given a shot at doing a bit more of web developing and have come up with a new blog for the members of the Vicenza military community.
I’d love it if you could jog on over and check out my very new blog baby, Vicenza Military Family.
It does not have as much content as this blog, but I will be migrating some posts to the new blog and adding a wider range of content.
I’d appreciate it if you’d head on over and visit. Let me know what you think!