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!
Don’t Miss the Information Fair
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!