House Hunting Tips for Vicenza

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If you have read my post on housing options, you know by now that there are three possibilities when it comes to housing: 1) government owned, 2) government leased, and 3) private rental. This post pertains to the latter two, government leased and private rental houses.

Factors for Choosing a House

  • There are many factors to consider when searching for a house in Italy. Some factors may be more important to you than others.
  • Make spreadsheet of all the houses you are interested in. Include things you find important like square footage, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, distance from post, etc.
    • My spreadsheet included: unit #, neighborhood, distance from post in minutes, price, square footage, year built, # bedrooms, # bathrooms, type (apt., duplex, house), features (yard, garage, fireplace), pets allowed, date available.spreadsheet example
  • Important factors to consider:
    • Location: work, school, daycare, bus stop
    • Commute: travel times (including rush hour), traffic patterns, autostrada or tangenziale, gas rations, public transportation, bike trails, travel during snow/rain (mountainous or isolated areas)
    • Nearby: restaurants, groceries, shopping, markets, gas stations, festivals
    • Safety: crime rate, gypsy and refugee population, proximity to other Americans, street lights
    • Security: gates, fencing, lighting (porch, yard, street), alarm system, solid front door with double bolt locks, peep hole, window locks, window shutters, shutter locks, and enclosed garage.
    • Space: square footage (does it include non-living areas like the yard/garage?), # bedrooms/bathrooms, kitchen size, counter space (kitchen, bathroom), yard, storage, garage, # parking spaces (street parking).
      • Keep in mind that larger homes (which Americans typically like) tend to be older homes built during the 70’s, therefore utilities may be quite expensive in the summer and winter seasons.
    • Amenities: air conditioning (some houses don’t have A/C), ceiling fans, window screens (mosquitoes), laundry hook ups, wood fire ovens, tool shed, wine cellar
    • Internet/Cable/Phone: some services will not work in certain areas, check your cell phone signal strength, ask if the house is set up for DSL (hard-line) or if you will have satellite internet (usually slow)
    • Maintenance: landscaping, mowing, repairs
    • Pets: acceptance, weight restrictions. Don’t avoid looking at houses that say “no pets allowed”. If the landlord meets you in person, they might be willing to make an exception or negotiate it into the lease.

Choosing a Neighborhood

  • Make sure you know exactly which base you or your spouse will be working at. Caserma Ederle is southeast of Vceinza while Caserma Del Din is located on the northwest side of Vicenza. A small base in Longare is 15 minutes south of Caserma Ederle.
  • Your commute time can be very different depending on which base you work at and what time of day you will be driving.
  • Housing can give you a print out of the unit you are interested in, which gives the exact address.Use google street view when looking up an address to see the neighborhood around it.
  • Don’t judge a house/apartment based solely on the outside appearance. The building may appear plain and dated, but the inside can look very modern.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when you go to view a house. Is there any graffiti in the area? Broken windows on cars? Are you receiving unwelcoming looks from the neighbors? Is there a lot of noise from traffic or dogs barking?

North/West Vicenza Neighborhoods

North and West Vicenza

North and West Vicenza

The map is intended to show the relation of the bases to each neighborhood, not the actual driving route. All neighborhood travel times are based on Google maps, ACTUAL drive times may vary depending on route and traffic. Positive and negative comments are based on reviews and reports from other military wives (opinions will vary).

  • Altavilla Vicentina
    • Ederle: 17 min.
    • Del Din: 15 min.
  • Caldogno/Cresole
    • Ederle: 19 min.
    • Del Din: 14 min.
    • Positives: beautiful, quiet area, nice pool/gym/fitness center nearby, parks, lots of local shops/markets, there is plenty to do
    • Negatives: a lot of traffic during rush hour
  • Castelnovo/Isola Vicentina
    • Ederle: 28 min.
    • Del Din: 16 min.
    • Positives: nice town
    • Negatives: long drive to Ederle
  • Costabissara
    • Ederle: 24 min.
    • Del Din: 12 min.
    • Positives: market, hiking/biking trails
    • Negatives: long drive to Ederle
  • Creazzo/Olmo
    • Ederle: 17 min.
    • Del Din: 12 min.
    • Positives: hair salon, restaurants
  • Dueville
    • Ederle: 22 min.
    • Del Din: 18 min.
  • Montecchio Maggiore (southwest of Altavilla Vicentina)
    • Ederle: 16 min.
    • Del Din: 18 min.
  • Monteviale
    • Ederle: 22 min.
    • Del Din: 13 min.
    • Positives: Quiet area
    • Negatives: long drive to Ederle
  • Monticello Conte Otto/Cavazzele
    • Ederle: 12 min. (rush hour 20-25 min.)
    • Del Din: 13 min.
    • Positives: between Del Din and Ederle, two beautiful bike/walking path, parks, Ali supermarket, Pizzeria Fortunato, gelateria, quiet, within biking distance to Ederle, pretty views
    • Negatives: rush hour to Ederle, one car break in
  • Rettorgole
    • Ederle: 16 min. (20-30 min. during rush hour)
    • Del Din: 11 min.
    • Positives: beautiful, safe, quiet, remote, , very rural surrounded by farmlands, close enough to downtown Vicenza for shops and restaurants, good running and bicycle routes, small grocery stores, gelato, good pizza, fruit and vegetable stands, able to bike to Del Din, it is a real Italian neighborhood
    • Negatives: rush hour to Caserma Ederle
  • Vivaro
    • Ederle: 17 min. (up to 45 minutes during rush hour)
    • Del Din: 13 min.
    • Negatives: rush hour to Ederle
  • Vigardolo
    • Ederle: 16 min.
    • Del Din: 15 min.
    • Positives: quiet, between Del Din and Ederle

South/East Vicenza – Neighborhoods

South/East Vicenza Neighborhoods

South/East Vicenza

The map is intended to show the relation of the bases to each neighborhood, not the actual driving route. All neighborhood travel times are based on Google maps, ACTUAL drive times may vary depending on route and traffic. Positive and negative comments are based on reviews and reports from other military wives (opinions will vary).

  • Asigliano Veneto (far central south of Vicenza))
    • Ederle: 32 min.
    • Del Din: 40 min.
  • Barbarano Vicentino/Ponte di Barbarano (far central south of Vicenza)
    • Ederle: 27 min.
    • Del Din: 36 min.
    • Positives: peaceful, hills, safe, festivals, olive oil distillery, cheese factory, gelateria
  • Bolzano Vicentino
    • Ederle: 14 min.
    • Del Din: 15 min.
    • Positives: quiet, quaint, safe, three parks, weekly market, two supermarkets, pizzerias
  • Bressanvido (north of San Pietro in Gu)
    • Ederle: 27 min.
    • Del Din: 28 min.
    • Positives: fall festival, peaceful, quiet
    • Negatives: long drive, 45 min. bus ride for kids
  • Camisano Vicentino
    • Ederle: 18 min. (rush hour 25 min.)
    • Del Din: 27 min.
    • Positives: safe, beautiful, quiet, larger houses, large market every Sunday, shops, great neighborhood, great downtown area, big suburb of Vicenza, can live near farm fields but walk 10 minutes to downtown, grocery store.
    • Negatives: very long commute to Del Din, long drive to Ederle
  • Carmignano di Brenta/Grantorto (northeast of San Pietro in Gu)
    • Ederle: 22 min.
    • Del Din: 26 min.
    • Positives: nearby river, tranquil
  • Castegnero/Nanto/Bosco di Nanto/Ponte di Nanto/Ponte di Mossano/Villaganzerla
    • Ederle: 22 min.
    • Del Din: 29 min.
    • Positives: on the bus route, quiet, no gypsy sightings, beautiful drive, great community, bike/walking paths, long but beautiful drive, great restaurants, wineries, grocery store, fruit and vegetable stand every Saturday, many things to do in the area, more privacy and space, olive groves, cherry trees, cherry festival, hiking paths, biking paths
    • Negatives: long drive to Ederle, very long drive to Del Din, rush hour
  • Colze
    • Ederle: 15 min.
    • Del Din: 24 min.
  • Gaianigo
    • Ederle: 13 min.
    • Del Din: 24 min.
  • Gazzo
    • Ederle: 19 min.
    • Del Din: 22 min.
    • Negatives: many break ins, satellite internet is common
  • Grancona (far central south Vicenza)
    • Ederle: 30 min.
    • Del Din: 31 min.
  • Grisignano di Zocco/Poiana di Granfion
    • Ederle: 14 min.
    • Del Din: 23 min.
    • Positives: pretty drive, mountains, large fair in the fall, grocery store, gelateria, pizza place and bars
    • Negatives: SR11 can get busy if the autostrada is backed up
  • Grossa
    • Ederle: 14 min.
    • Del Din: 25 min. (up to 45 min. during rush hour)
    • Negatives: several break ins, satellite internet is common
  • Lanze
    • Ederle: 15 min.
    • Del Din: 17 min.
    • Positives: more rural and smaller than proper Quinto Vicentino, but very quaint and family-oriented, quiet, one market, one bar, one clothes store, one cheese/milk store, one cafe
    • Negatives: a few house break ins
  • Lapio (south central Vicenza)
    • Ederle: 18 min.
    • Del Din: 24 min.
  • Longare
    • Ederle: 13 min. (15-20 minutes actual)
    • Del Din: 22 min. (25-30 minutes)
    • Positives: winery, quiet, bike path, vet clinic, bus route to Vicenza train station, boarding kennel, grocery store, hardware store, pizzeria, butcher, gelateria and coffee bar, Berici hills hiking paths, eco center, festivals, autostrada access
    • Negatives: weekend protests at Longare base
  • Marola
    • Ederle: 7 min.
    • Del Din: 18 min.
    • Positives: four pizzerias, gelato shop, quiet, nearby restaurants, close to two malls, near downtown Vicenza, near the autostrada
  • Mestrino
    • Ederle: 19 min.
    • Del Din: 27 min.
  • Montegalda
    • Ederle:: 17 min.
    • Del Din: 26 min.
    • Positives: gelato, pizza, beautiful, Friday market
    • Negatives: flooding basements
  • Quinto Vicentino/Lisiera
    • Ederle: 11 min.
    • Del Din: 15 min.
    • Positives: walking trail, gelato place, pizzeria, coffee shop, grocery store, easy bike to Ederle, Saturday market
    • Negatives: a few car break ins
  • Rampazzo
    • Ederle: 13 min.
    • Del Din: 24 min. (45-50 min. rush hour)
  • San Pietro in Gu
    • Ederle: 17 min.
    • Del Din: 18 min.
    • Positives: quiet, quaint, safe, parks, weekly market, 2 supermarkets, pizza places
  • Torri di Quartesolo/Grumolo delle Abbadesse/ Lerino
    • Ederle: 4 min.
    • Del Din: 15 min.
    • Positives: Many businesses, near downtown Vicenza, Friday market, restaurants, churches, near two big malls
    • Negatives: more gypsy encounters, several break ins, busy streets
  • Torri di Arcugnano/Arcugnano
    • Ederle: 14 min.
    • Del Din: 17 min.
    • Positives: park, pizzeria, Saturday market, hills, hiking paths, restaurants, nearby lake (Lago di Fimon)
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