VICENZA, Italy - "Benvenuti" class participants stop and take pictures at the Ponte Vecchio, the renowned wooden bridge in Bassano del Grappa during their day trip June 18, 2021. Benvenuti is a three-day Army Community Service cultural integration class designed to welcome new arrivals to learn about the Italian culture, customs and the area’s rich history.
Bassano was the first location after months of virtual sessions due to COVID-19.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – VICENZA, Italy - "Benvenuti" class participants stop and take pictures at the Ponte Vecchio, the renowned wooden bridge in Bassano del Grappa during their day trip June 18, 2021. Benvenuti is a three-day Army Community Service cultural integration class designed to welcome new arrivals to learn about the Italian culture, customs and the area’s rich history.
Bassano was the first location after months of virtual sessions due to COVID-19. (Photo Credit: Laura Kreider)
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VICENZA, Italy - American newcomers get a taste of Bassano del Grappa learning about monuments in Piazza Garibaldi, one of its squares during “Benvenuti,”June 18, 2021.
Benvenuti is a three-day Army Community Service cultural integration class, which recently started back up after months of virtual sessions due to COVID-19.
It includes a morning in the classroom learning Italian, followed by a local supermarket visit, a tour of downtown Vicenza, insights on how public transportation works and a day trip to another location.
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – VICENZA, Italy - American newcomers get a taste of Bassano del Grappa learning about monuments in Piazza Garibaldi, one of its squares during “Benvenuti,”June 18, 2021.
Benvenuti is a three-day Army Community Service cultural integration class, which recently started back up after months of virtual sessions due to COVID-19.
It includes a morning in the classroom learning Italian, followed by a local supermarket visit, a tour of downtown Vicenza, insights on how public transportation works and a day trip to another location. (Photo Credit: Laura Kreider)
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VICENZA, Italy - American newcomers get a taste of Bassano del Grappa learning about monuments in Piazza Garibaldi, one of its squares during “Benvenuti,” June 18, 2021.
Benvenuti is a three-day Army Community Service cultural integration class, which recently started back up after months of virtual sessions due to COVID-19.
It includes a morning in the classroom learning Italian, followed by a local supermarket visit, a tour of downtown Vicenza, insights on how public transportation works and a day trip to another location.
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – VICENZA, Italy - American newcomers get a taste of Bassano del Grappa learning about monuments in Piazza Garibaldi, one of its squares during “Benvenuti,” June 18, 2021.
Benvenuti is a three-day Army Community Service cultural integration class, which recently started back up after months of virtual sessions due to COVID-19.
It includes a morning in the classroom learning Italian, followed by a local supermarket visit, a tour of downtown Vicenza, insights on how public transportation works and a day trip to another location. (Photo Credit: Laura Kreider)
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VICENZA, Italy - Carla Torti, “Benvenuti” guide (right) explains to class participants some history of Bassano del Grappa, while standing in front of the city patron saint statue of San Bassiano in Piazza Liberta` June 18, 2021.
Benvenuti is a three-day course, which recently started back up after months of virtual sessions due to COVID-19 and includes a morning in the classroom learning Italian, followed by a local supermarket visit, a tour of downtown Vicenza, insights on how public transportation works and a day trip to another location.
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – VICENZA, Italy - Carla Torti, “Benvenuti” guide (right) explains to class participants some history of Bassano del Grappa, while standing in front of the city patron saint statue of San Bassiano in Piazza Liberta` June 18, 2021.
Benvenuti is a three-day course, which recently started back up after months of virtual sessions due to COVID-19 and includes a morning in the classroom learning Italian, followed by a local supermarket visit, a tour of downtown Vicenza, insights on how public transportation works and a day trip to another location. (Photo Credit: Laura Kreider)
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VICENZA, Italy - Arisa Ueshiro, one of the “Benvenuti” tour participants takes a moment for a picture of classmate Dali Prado, while crossing  the Ponte Vecchio, the renowned wooden bridge in Bassano del Grappa during their day trip June 18, 2021. The Benvenuti program resumed to welcome new arrivals and the first destination was Bassano sights and a stop in Nove.
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VICENZA, Italy (June 18, 2021) – American newcomers got a taste of Bassano del Grappa during “Benvenuti,” an Army Community Service cultural integration class that recently started back up after months of virtual sessions due to COVID-19.

Americans learn about the Italian culture, customs and the area’s rich history, said Lance R. Johnson, USAG Italy ACS Relocation Readiness Program manager.

“Benvenuti is a program designed to welcome new arrivals to the wonderful host nation of Italy,” Johnson said. “Now that the (COVID-19) categories have changed and travel to the various regions has been restored, we can resume normal activities.

Benvenuti starts at ACS, building 108 on Caserma Ederle, on the third Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of every month, he said. The three-day course includes a morning in the classroom learning Italian, followed by a local supermarket visit, a tour of downtown Vicenza, insights on how public transportation works and a day trip to another city, often Padova or Verona.

On June 18, participants went to Bassano del Grappa and Nove. Dali Prado, one of the tour participants, was impressed.

“The trip was a good way to learn about Italy’s wonderful culture, history and sights,” Prado said.

Prado and classmate Arisa Ueshiro crossed Piazza Libertà, one of the main squares in Bassano, taking in the sights and get to know other newcomers.

“It is a great way to meet new people,” Ueshiro said. “The guides were very knowledgeable in history and I really enjoyed every minute of the class.”

Luz Medeiros, a Logistics Readiness Center employee arrived in Italy last December, when most of the country was locked down and travel restricted. Medeiros was glad to meet fellow community members.

“Visiting Bassano del Grappa was a unique experience and meeting new people was great,” she said.

Active duty Soldiers attend a session, which is a one-day orientation including a tour of downtown Vicenza. The program is open to spouses of active duty Soldiers; Department of Defense civilians and their spouses; contractors and their spouses and retirees.

To sign up, contact Army Community Service at 0444-71-5800 or visit https://italy.armymwr.com/programs/ederle-army-community-service-acs