Benvenuti! Welcome to Vicenza!

Vicenza is a beautiful city steeped in rich history, with a wealth of cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. Located about 45 minutes west of Venice and within a few hours drive of Austria, Switzerland and world-renowned Italian cities, most of the American military community works on Caserma Ederle, located just east of downtown Vicenza.  It is home to the U.S. Army Africa headquarters, part of the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), other tenant units and the U.S. Army Garrison Italy headquarters.

Caserma Carlo Ederle, or Camp Ederle, and Caserma Renato Del Din are actually Italian Army bases where we are guests of the Italian government, so all of our operations are done in close cooperation with the Italian authorities.  Our personnel also work at smaller facilities in and around Vicenza.

Vicenza is a power-projection platform for our troops, but we also provide Soldiers, families and civilians great community support.  All the amenities you might need are available on the installation or in the local community. Personnel working in Vicenza include both U.S. service members and DoD civilians, as well as Italian military personnel and civilians.

A small percentage of our Soldiers with families live in our housing area, Villaggio, and some junior enlisted Soldiers live in barracks on Caserma Ederle with nearly 800 living in barracks on Caserma Del Din.  However, the majority of our population lives in and around Vicenza, in private rentals and in government-leased apartments.  Housing in Italy is different from what you may have experienced at other installations, and I encourage you to read our newcomer information to get a better idea of what to expect once you arrive in Vicenza.  

An assignment to Italy is an amazing opportunity to experience a new culture and way of life, while still enjoying the support of our Army Family.  Welcome to our community and welcome to Vicenza! For more newcomers information, review the other newcomer pages on our site.

About Vicenza Military Community

The Vicenza Military Community (VMC) is comprised of several installations in the Vicenza area.

    • Caserma Carlo Ederle is the center of community support activities in Vicenza, Italy. Ederle is the home of the Headquarters, U.S. Army Garrison Italy and Headquarters U.S. Army Africa (also known as the Southern European Task Force).

    • Caserma Renato Del Din is an operational installation and houses a majority of single Soldiers in barracks in the VMC. Del Din is home to Headquarters of the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) and three of it's battalions, the 509th Signal Battalion, and HHB, USARAF. Del Din will be the future headquarters location for USARAF. Del Din is one of the Army's newest installations and built to the latest standards established by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

    • Villaggio Della Pace Army Family Housing Area is the center for schools and youth activities in the VMC. While a small portion of Army families are housed in Villaggio, DoDDS Vicenza Elementary School and Vicenza Middle School and a CYS are located there. Plans call as well for relocation of the Vicenza High School from Ederle to Villaggio.

    • A small site, Longare hosts Army reserve activities. It is also the location of Veterinary services for VMC pet owners.

    • Army leased installations in communities near Vicenza house Soldier support activities, contracting activities, warehouses, vehicle registration and shipment, U.S. Customs and other functions.

    • Vicenza is a city in northeastern Italy in the province of Veneto.  It is a city of more than 100,000 with a beautiful, historic downtown area, and a modern, metropolitan area with many smaller towns closely surrounding it. Called the "City of Palladio" after the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio who designed many of its buildings, Vicenza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is situated between Verona and Padova, and Venice is about 45 miles to the east.  Other world famous cities, such as Milan, Bologna, Florence, Parma, Genoa and others are within a few hours' drive, as are the Alps, the Adriatic Sea, and the borders of Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia and France.  The city offers train and bus connections to other locations in Italy and abroad.   

      Caserma Ederle lies to the east of the city and Caserma Del Din to the north of the historic downtown which can be reached by walking, biking, or a short drive, although the old city center is off-limits to motor vehicles, except for residents and designated vehicles.  Nestled between walls dating from the Middle Ages, the old city hosts many shops, restaurants and cultural attractions.  Exploring its narrow streets and open squares or "piazzas", it's possible to see many of the unique sites that have made Vicenza a tourist attraction.  The city offers sites such as the oldest enclosed theater in the world called the Teatro Olimpico, several "palazzos" or palaces and villas, downtown squares such as Piazza dei Signori,  a multitude of beautiful cathedrals, parks, museums and even some Roman remnants.  The city frequently hosts outdoor markets and special events.

This page last updated: July 27, 2017