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Location:  Vicenza, Italy is the home of the U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza located on Caserma Carlo Ederle. The base is also home to 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team with units split between Vicenza, Schweinfurt and Bamberg Germany and the headquarters of U.S. Army Africa, which is America's premier Army team dedicated to achieving positive change in Africa. Positioned at the foothills of the Dolomites in northern Italy, Vicenza is the capital of the Vicenza province in the Veneto Region and lies midway between Venice and Verona. It is perfectly positioned within a 3-hour drive to Florence, Milan, and Bologna. It only takes a little more than an hour's drive north to find snowboarding, skiing or sledding and an hour drive to the east to discover beautiful beaches. Vicenza has a temperate climate with a dusting of snow in the winter, a profusion of blooming flowers cascading from windowsills in spring, and in summer, vineyards laden with grapes. Because of its strong cultural heritage and architectural treasures, Vicenza is often referred to as “Palladio’s City” . The province of Vicenza is home to the largest concentration of Palladian villas and structures in the world.  For more information, go to the USAG Vicenza homepage.

Cost of Living: Living costs in Italy are comparable to those in major metropolitan areas in the United States. Moving costs are dependent on the type of housing assigned.

Base Operator: 011-39-0444-71-113, or DSN 314-634-1110

Population:  Vicenza has a population of approximately 107,000 people. The Vicenza Military Community is comprised of Soldiers, civilian employees (including Italian nationals), retirees and family members.

Area Population:  107,000

Base Transportation:  The USAG Vicenza Mass Transit provides a shuttle service Monday through Friday to personnel on official business to and from the Torri di Quartesolo and Lerino Warehouse complexes and Caserma Ederle, as well as service to and from Caserma Ederle and the Villaggio Housing Area.  Airport shuttle service is available to U.S. ID card holders to/from Caserma Ederle to Venice Marco Polo Airport Monday through Sunday.

Child Care:  The Caserma Ederle Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) Program consists of:

  • Child Development Centers (CDC)
  • Family Child Care (FCC)
  • School Age Center (SAC)
  • Youth Center (YC)
  • Child & Youth Sports & Fitness
  • School Liaison Officer (SLO)
  • SKIESUnlimited instructional programs
  • Venture Point (Youth HIRED, the EDGE and Kids-on-Site)
  • Youth Sports and Fitness

Waiting lists for CYS programs are in effect frequently. It is imperative that persons requiring full time child care, especially for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, contact CYSS Parent Central Services to obtain information regarding waiting list procedures and the registration process.  Conduct sports physicals stateside prior to coming to Vicenza. Hand carry immunization records and important medical records while en-route to Vicenza. Phone 011 39 0444 71 7206/011 39 0444 71 7219 (from US)/0444 71 7206; 0444 71 7219 (within Italy) DSN 314-634-7206; 314-634-7219 (from US). Visit the http://vicenza.armymwr.com/europe/vicenza/ or Webtrac. This is the new link for webtrac: https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/#page-0

Schools:  Caserma Ederle has three DoDDS Schools: one elementary, one middle school and one high school. The new elementary and middle schools opened in September 2010 and are located on the Villaggio Housing site. The high school is located on the Caserma Ederle post. There are limited opportunities to attend Italian schools as well.

Youth Services: The Middle School Center, located in Bldg. 304 in the Villaggio Housing Area, provides a safe environment with educational and recreational activities for children in Grades 6-8. Located in Bldg. 373 on Caserma Ederle, the Teen Center is open after school to youth in grades 9-12.

Army Community Service: The Davis Soldier and Family Readiness Center (DSFRC) houses offices of the USAG Vicenza Army Community Service (ACS) Center, the Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC), the School Liaison Services, Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) Central Registration and CYSS SKIESUnlimited program. DSFRC is located in Building 108, telephone commercial 011 39 0444 71 7500, DSN 314-634-7500.

Domestic Violence 24/7 Hotline: (011) 39-0444-71-5878.

SHARP Sexual Assault 24/7 Hotline: (011) 39-0444-71-7272

Housing: The majority of the Soldiers and civilians assigned to the Vicenza area live in housing on the Italian economy, either in Vicenza or in neighboring communities. Typically personnel are housed within a 30-minute commute from Caserma Ederle. For this reason, we strongly recommend shipping a vehicle early enough to have it available upon arrival in Vicenza or be prepared to purchase a vehicle locally. Most unaccompanied, junior enlisted Soldiers in the grades of E-1 through E-6 will reside in the barracks available in Caserma Ederle. A small number of Senior Enlisted Bachelors Quarters (SEBQ) and Bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQ) are also available. Service members cannot be placed on the waiting list prior to their arrival in Vicenza. Call 011 39 0444 71 8583 (from US) / 011 39 0444 71 5532 Program Manager. 

Employment: Limited employment opportunities are available at Vicenza (Caserma Ederle) and Livorno (Camp Darby) which make the job market very competitive.  The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) prohibits non-European Union member personnel; i.e. military family members, U.S. Military Personnel, etc., from working on the Italian economy. Further, such employment would render those persons "Ordinary Resident" status prohibiting them from employment with the U.S. Forces in Italy.

Post Services: 

Medical Services:  The new U.S. Army Health Center, Vicenza opened in September 2010 and serves a population of approximately 7,000 enrolled beneficiaries. Primary Care is available in the Vicenza Health Center for immediate and routine care for appointed patients. All enrolled beneficiaries with major medical illnesses or major surgical requirements can be referred to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany or other medical centers in the United States.  Dental services are available both on/off post.

The Vicenza Health Center does not have an emergency room on site. However, emergency care and outpatient consultation is available at the local Italian hospital, San Bortolo. Bi-Lingual Patient Liaison Coordinators are available 24/7 to assist patients. The Health Center is capable of treating acute minor illnesses, lacerations, follow-up screening after discharge from the local Italian hospital.

Special Installation Messages: 

  • Civilians and family members must have an Italian visa attached to their official passport before coming to Italy. Visas cannot be obtained in country.
  • It is highly recommended that each adult driver obtain an International Driver’s License prior to arrival in Vicenza and have a valid Stateside driver’s license.
  • Certain aggressive dog breeds and exotic pets are prohibited from entering Italy or may require a special permit.

Religious Services

The Unites States Army Garrison Vicenza Chapel's mission is to provide quality Religious Ministry Support to Military Service Members, Department of Defense  personal, and their family members who are living in the Caserma Ederle community.  The Chaplains of Caserma Ederle hold as their priority the spiritual welfare of the community and offer ministry opportunities in Religious education, Counseling, Special Programs for Men, Women, Couples and Families of all faiths.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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