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Portogruaro combines historical buildings, modern shopping close to Aviano Air Base

Plenty of Americans assigned to Aviano Air Base know the Italian city of Portogruaro because of where it leads.The city of about 25,000 is more than just a landmark, it's also a great city for shopping.

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Vicenza football in rebuilding mode again

Almost half the 35 players who came out who took the field before school started are freshmen.


New players will have to fill roles for Saints to repeat successful season

Only a handful of players return from last year’s squad that went 6-0 in the regular season before losing to Rota 26-21 in the Division II semifinals.


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Parks and regulations: Park near Aviano is peaceful with miles of trails

Parco di Villa Varda near Aviano Air Base offers opportunities for exercise, relaxation and sightseeing — just don't bring your dog or bike.


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Keeping its cool: Lesser-known Grotte Caglieron an easy distance from Aviano

Italy’s most famous sites — such as the Colosseum in Rome, the Grand Canal in Venice and Pompeii — are famous around the world. But it’s not that difficult to live in the country for years and find lesser-known venues that you’ve never heard of, much less discovered. Grotte Caglieron is one of those places.


Pakistani restaurant near Pordenone, Italy, packs a spicy punch

There aren’t a lot of options around Aviano Air Base for those looking for a place to eat out that doesn’t serve Italian, American(ish) or Chinese food.


GALLERY

Aviano’s newest airmen parachute in ahead of unit ceremonies

The airmen assigned to the newest units of the 31st Fighter Wing won’t all be parachuting onto base like the five that jumped on Tuesday, though dozens more probably could do that.


Spangdahlem stays perfect in division by edging Aviano

Sentinels are 5-0 in Division II play, but should face plenty of challenges in small, but competitive field in championships.


Raiders cross Alps and conquer Italian foes

Kaiserslautern improves to 8-2 in Division I by scoring 45 times in games against Naples and Vicenza.


Tai Ji Food Fusion Restaurant gets a fresh start in Aviano

Their restaurant is technically the newest in town, having opened its doors just about three months ago. But Zheng Junling and Ying Wei are no strangers to the restaurant business in Aviano.


Jacobs, Sigonella go 4-0 in four-team event

Jaguars improve to 11-1 on the softball season and could be favored to defend their European title.


Some teams appear more armed for success

Stuttgart and Vilseck emerge from first day with pair of victories over Italian rivals Naples and Vicenza.


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Barcis, Italy, offers uncrowded hiking trails and scenery at the foot of the Dolomites

Spring has sprung in Northern Italy, and that means the mountain bikes and hiking boots have come out of storage. For those in shape — or those who want to get in shape quickly (not recommended) — the Dolomites north and east of Aviano Air Base beckon.


AOSR, Marymount continue to handle the competition

The two Rome-based schools have spent most of the past decade facing off in the title game and it would take an upset to keep them from doing so again this season.


Vicenza girls find net again and again against Vilseck

Stuttgart girls and boys and Vilseck boys get narrow victories in other action in annual north-south matchups.


Aviano airmen charged in hit-and-run accident

Police said the driver’s BMW 330 approached a traffic circle at high speed, lost control and hit four cars in the parking lot. A person in the back seat of one of the four cars sustained minor injuries.


57th Rescue Squadron drops in for a bird’s-eye view of Aviano

The 57th Rescue Squadron doesn’t officially move to Aviano Air Base in Italy from its home in England until later this year. But that didn’t stop some personnel from exploring their new digs this week.


Out-of-the-way La Torre near Aviano Air Base puts a different spin on pizza

It doesn’t take that long for those assigned to Aviano Air Base to get to know their way around the city of Pordenone at least a little bit.


Southern schools put forth championship entrants

Aviano and Vilseck both qualify 10 wrestlers for season-ending championships.


Aviano, Sigonella play to competitive split

The Jaguars prevailed 40-33 in the girls game, and the Saints won the boys contest 43-38. Both games were undecided until the final seconds.


Oderzo: Italian market town has seen many conquerors

One of the most famous quotes attributed to Julius Caesar is “Veni, vidi, vici.” In English, that’s: “I came, I saw, I conquered.”


D-II teams enjoy seeing new foes

Rota sweeps AOSR, while Aviano and AFNORTH split on first day of two-day cross-Alps event.


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Evidence of devastation remains in Italian city of Gemona

A couple of months before Americans were celebrating the bicentennial in 1976, this city in northeastern Italy was in ruins after an earthquake that killed more than 300 people.


The menu doesn’t tell the whole story at La Casa Gialla near Aviano

Rarely does a restaurant live up to its name as thoroughly as La Casa Gialla. Indeed, much of it is yellow (gialla in Italian). And it used to be a farmhouse.


Aviano airman guilty of attempted murder in stabbing of fellow airman

An airman who stabbed another airman in her dorm room was sentenced to 18 years in prison at a court-martial Tuesday.


Train service resumes near Aviano Air Base to Sacile and Maniago

Americans who have been based at Aviano only in recent years will see something new starting this week: the passing of trains through the city.


Wins are just icing on the (low-calorie) cake

Coaches at Aviano meet say they're interested in getting their wrestlers as many matches as they can right now and have them demonstrate what they've worked on in practice.


Hoop summit gets off to sluggish start

Stuttgart is Day 1 winner, with both teams securing victories against Vicenza, while Vilseck and Naples each taste victory and defeat.


Defense: Airman charged with attempted murder at Aviano dorm didn’t aim to kill victim

The airman accused of entering a fellow airman’s dorm room and repeatedly stabbing her in April was “just interacting with things in his environment” and didn’t intend to kill her, his lawyers said Wednesday.


D-II semifinal

Rota tops Aviano to advance to title game

Sophomore Cameron Wilson scores runs for 208 yards and three touchdowns as Admirals avenge regular season defeat to Saints.


Saints, Admirals trade blows before Aviano earns late win

The result was a 33-30 Aviano victory in a what might have been the most competitive game in Europe this year. Giacomo Fabbro’s 38-yard field goal with 29 seconds to play kept the Saints’ record perfect.


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Trail makes a good introduction to the Dolomites near Aviano

For those who want to hike in the mountains — and not hiking while at Aviano is a missed opportunity — the trail from Gorgazzo to Mezzomonte is a good introduction.


Search for Aviano housing extends farther off base as airmen numbers rise

The Air Force is looking for Italians with homes to rent within an hour’s drive of Aviano, as it faces a looming housing crunch due to an influx of new airmen.


Pair makes up one of the largest restaurant operations in Italy's Pordenone

If you like to eat out with family and friends but have a hard time finding a place where everyone can find something they like, there might be a place for you in Polcenigo, Italy.


Wildcats take on a course they've never run - and dominate

Led by winners Daniel Aleksandersen and Clair Elliot, the Wildcats dominated the largest cross country race held at Aviano’s home course this century.


Stuttgart, Vicenza win thrillers in finals-like atmosphere

Two-time defending champion Panthers hold off Naples in four games, while Cougars outlast Vilseck in five games.