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Coaches see plenty of room for improvement after early volleyball matchup

Aviano hosts American Overseas School of Rome and Rota for five weekend matches and everyone comes away with positives and plenty to work on.

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Aviano sweeps Ansbach in day marred by injury

Saints win 16-1 in mercy-rule victory, then walk off with a 20-7 triumph in second game stopped short after scary incident.


Naples girls roll, while Aviano boys prevail

Wildcat girls win sixth straight game, while Saints boys remain unbeaten in Italy.


Many D-I boys games are tossups so far

Vicenza edges Vilseck and Naples tops Stuttgart in latest round of close games involving teams that want to contend for large-school championship.


Roadhouse restaurant near Aviano should satisfy carnivores

I had dined at the Roadhouse chain of restaurants before while visiting the Tiare shopping mall near Villesse just a few miles from the Italian border with Slovenia.


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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.


Saints get the best of Rota in this round

Teams that have met three times in the past two years might meet again - for title - if Saturday's highly competitive game is indicator.


Teams start off season by testing each other and themselves

Ramstein outlasts Vicenza and Naples takes down Kaiserslautern in first day of D-I battles between schools north and south of Alps.


Oniga one of the better restaurants in Venice

There is no shortage of restaurants in Venice, a city that’s on just about every checklist for those visiting Italy.


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.