Pratica di Mare Air Base (ICAO: LIRE) is a military airport for the Italian Air Force. It was installed in Pomezia, Lazio, Italy; southwest of Rome, Italy. It was created around 1937. Later, in 1957, it was named after ColonnelloMario de Bernardi. It is the biggest Italian air base there. A particular detail is that the base is located 2.5 km (1.6 mi) from the village of Pratica di Mare, a small Middle Aged-styled town, which is built on the old acropolis of Lavinium.