In the United States, Vicenza is known primarily for its illustrious native son, Andrea Palladio, whose architectural designs inspired the planners of the White House, the US Capitol, and Monticello. But Vicenza, a small city not far from Venice, is also familiar to many US soldiers who have served in Europe. On Pentagon maps it is marked with the insignia of one of the most prestigious combat brigades, the 173rd Airborne.
When in 2006 the United States announced plans to expand its military installation in Vicenza, the decision was met with firm opposition from the local community, which mobilized a series of mass protests that continued for several years. The Vicenza antibase protests, which became a focal point in the Italian political landscape, constitute an innovative laboratory of participation and democracy that has served as an example to many other political mobilizations throughout the country.
About the Presidio Permanente No Dal Molin and the struggle to block construction of a new U.S. military base in Vicenza, Italy
Articles and editorials on the No Dal Molin movement and the issue of U.S. bases on foreign soil.
Press coverage of the No Dal Molin movement and issues regarding U.S. bases on foreign soil.