Many people consider their pets an important member of the family, and are reluctant to leave them behind when they go on holiday. Changes in regulations and an increase in the number of pet-friendly holiday options means that now they donÂ't have to.
Italians are renowned animal lovers and their pets among the most pampered in the world. In a country where dogs have their own pasta, ice cream and even luxury beach resorts, you and your four-legged friend will be greeted with open arms. The following is a selection of pet-friendly accommodation in some of ItalyÂ's most popular resorts, as well as a few of the countryÂ's little-known treasures.
Pet-friendly B&Bs in Rome
Animals are a part of daily life in ItalyÂ's capital, from fashionable toy Chihuahuas with jewel-studded collars to the feral cats which prowl the ruins of Torre Argentina. Rome is also the location of Bau Beach, the first public swimming pool for dogs.
Da Marta e Alida is an intimate bed and breakfast with accommodation in three light and airy guestrooms. It is located in a quiet but central area of the city, just a fifteen-minute walk through the Parque di Traiano to the iconic Coliseum.
Pet-friendly B&Bs in Venice
After Rome, Venice is one of ItalyÂ's most popular tourist destinations, and it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world. Extending over one hundred and eighteen small islands and known by many as the Â'City of WaterÂ', Venice and its lagoon have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Fifteen kilometres outside of Venice and half an hour from Padua is the municipality of Mira, a peaceful rural community which is the setting of our second Venetian property. Enjoying a scenic location on the banks of the River Brenta, Alcova del Doge is a renovated nineteenth-century palace encircled by an attractive walled garden that your pet will love. The elegant rooms feature a combination of carefully selected antiques and modern facilities such as air conditioning and LCD televisions.
Pet-friendly accommodation in Tuscany
Our choice of B&B accommodation in Tuscany is located in Florence, the regionÂ's capital and a city renowned for its wealth of renaissance architecture, with treasures such as the magnificent dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral.
On the outskirts of this beautiful city, surrounded by parkland and countryside, is the Ape Rosa B&B. Housed in a restored eighteenth-century Florentine villa, the propertyÂ's elegant rooms are decorated with antique furniture and paintings, and the bathrooms are colourfully finished with hand-painted tiles.
Pet-friendly accommodation in Sicily
From the white-sand beaches and the green valleys to the dramatic landscape of Mount Etna, visitors are drawn to Sicily for its beautiful scenery. Situated in a narrow street at the centre of the historic town of Agrigento is Camere a Sud, a charming apartment offering bed and breakfast accommodation. The three stylish bedrooms feature a combination of contemporary and classic décor, and guests can also make use of a relaxing terrace and complimentary wireless internet access.
Pet-friendly B&Bs near Turin
Cascina Bella Vista is a restored farmhouse bed and breakfast set in the mountainous region of Piedmont, just half an hourÂ's drive from Asti and an hour from Turin. Surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, the guesthouse is located at the heart of Cantarana (meaning Â'singing frogÂ' in the local language), a small community with less than a thousand inhabitants. As well as traditional accommodation in cosy rooms, guests can enjoy activities such as walking, cycling and horse riding through the stunning local scenery, and, of course, thereÂ's plenty of room for pets.
Pet-friendly agriturismos in Perugia
The term agritourism refers to an increasingly popular type of holiday in which guests stay at a farm or ranch and are given the chance to take part in the daily activities. The benefits of this style of holiday are numerous; besides giving guests a sense of achievement and the opportunity to learn new skills and experience another culture, the local rural economy receives a well-needed boost. Furthermore, agritourism greatly reduces the carbon footprint of the average holiday.
With a combination of fine weather and beautiful scenery, Italy is a frontrunner in the agritourism industry. Agriturismo II Corniolo is a traditional Umbrian farmhouse offering bed and breakfast accommodation near Perugia. The property comprises seven self-catering apartments and is set amid fifty hectares of working farmland, including sunflower fields, walnut groves and woodland. Outdoor activities include hiking, fishing and cycling, and there is even a private swimming pool.
Pet-friendly B&Bs in Frassinoro
Our final pet-friendly bed and breakfast is located in the small town of Frassinoro in the province of Modena. B&B La Fontana is a rustic, homely property featuring a number of tastefully decorated en-suite guestrooms. The large garden means thereÂ's plenty of room for your pet to stretch its legs, and humans can have a go at a range of outdoor activities, including trekking, mountain biking and horse riding.
We hope this guide has given you some inspiration. Please note that it is important to check quarantine regulations before bringing animals into a country.
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By: Eleanor Brown