Check Out the “Living in Vicenza” Website

website review Living in Vicenza
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.”

 


The NEW Housing Website for Vicenza Military Housing

Renting Housing

Photo by Billy Frank Alexander

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!


My New Project

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.

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!


Where to Buy A Car in Vicenza

mercedesOne of the hardest things about moving overseas is figuring out whether or not to ship your car. If you decide not to ship the car; then you need to decide how you will get from place to place. You can choose to take public transportation (i.e. the bus and trains) and walk a lot. Your other option is to buy a car once you arrive in Vicenza. Here are some thoughts about deciding where to buy a car in Vicenza.

New or Used Car?

Only you know your budget for purchasing a car. There are places you can buy  new vehicles. You can find some decent used cars for sale by people. There are also plenty of “hoopty” cars available. In case you have never heard the term “hoopty”, it is a less than impressive get around car. These cars often need repairs or are not meant to drive on your exploration trips around Europe.

New Car Dealers

There are several places to get a brand new car here in Vicenza. If you don’t plan on keeping your car when you go back to the states, you can go to any of the local car dealers. Most of these will not sell cars with U.S. specs. There are a couple of places that do sell new cars that are legal to drive in the U.S. Pentagon Car Sales sells both new and used cars and is fairly close to post. If you want a BMW, this is a good place to get it. The other place that is easiest to get to is AAFES Auto Sales. It is on post and you can browse the tiny lot of a variety of car makes. Or you can order a new car if you are in no hurry. Auto Exchange sells Audi, Toyota and Volkswagen. If you go in the main gate, you have to drive right past Auto Exchange to get there.

Used Cars

Finding a good used car can take a bit  more patience and a lot more searching. The three ways people typically find used cars are by cruising past the used car resale lot, word of mouth, or by looking online. If you are lucky, someone you meet will be wanting to sell a reliable car prior to PCS. That does not happen to often, but put the word out so that you are the first person that comes to mind when someone is selling a car. The car resale lot is tucked back in the middle of post. Sometimes there are a lot of good cars other times, none. It is worth a drive by, though. There are several online sites that you can find used cars. Vicenza Bookoo, Vicenza MWR Marketplace and the Facebook Yard sale groups  are the ones I can name quickly.

Hopefully this gives you a place to start in your search. Usually you can find cars that fit all budgets, but as always if you plan on buying the cheapest car you can find plan on making repairs! Happy Car Shopping!


USARAF Info Online

Were you looking for some official webpage, but you found my site PCS Italy instead?

I am glad you are here and hope you find some great information. I know sometimes what I share about my experiences aren’t exactly what you need. So, I am sharing social media and internet websites from U.S. Army Africa (USARAF).

Sometimes it is nice to get information straight from the source. Check out these links to learn more about USARAF.

Love Twitter? Follow USARAF.

Check out official USARAF photos on Flickr.

Friend USARAF on Facebook.

Watch videos online at USARAF on Vimeo.

Finally, head to the official USARAF website.

Hope these can help you find the information you need!


Vicenza Housing Rental Website

 

*** As of January 2014, this post is now obsolete. The government has eliminated the AHRN Network**

Click here to learn more about the new housing website.

When I moved here, there was no website.

If you were looking for housing, you called housing for an appointment. Later, you went to housing to look at their files. Then they scheduled a time for you to see the house.

Then you met with the translator who took you to houses, no more than two at a time. You had a day to think about it.

Once the day was up, you accepted or declined the property.

No more.

Now there is Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN).

Simply register and you will be able to see photos of many rental units without leaving the comfort of home, even if “home” now is the Ederle Inn.

This website will take some of the legwork out of finding a house. I wish it had been here when I was looking for housing.

Hope your house hunting goes well!


Facebook Groups Relating to Vicenza, Italy

I keep running into new Facebook groups about clubs, organizations or just life in Vicenza or Caserma Ederle.

Not all of these groups are regularly updated, but I think they might be helpful to get an idea of some of the happenings around here.

Vicenza Thrift Shop – Stay up to date on sales and specials

USAG Vicenza, Italy – More official information on the garrison

Vicenza Military Spouses – Join this group to network and meet others  This group no longer is on Facebook as of 1/31/12.

Try this one instead: Army Wives Caserma Ederle

Vicenza PTSA – News about the schools Parent Teacher School Association

AFN Vicenza – AFN Radio & TV, great for up-to-date information on school closings and road conditions

Vicenza Community Club – General information

Vicenza Cub Scout Pack 295 – Events and news

PWOC Vicenza – Protestant Women of the Chapel, latest events and news

Vicenza Family MWR – Information on upcoming events

USO Vicenza – The USO here, not updated much

Vicenza Tourism (In Italian, use Google Translate) Learn about things going on around the Veneto Region

If I am missing some groups, please feel free to add them in the comment section. I know there are more than these.