Activities For Dogs In Italy

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Introduction

Italy is known for being exceptionally pet-friendly. In fact, many dog owners note that it is not uncommon for the locals to greet the dog before they even acknowledge the owner's presence. Rome has a reputation for being one of the best urban cities for dog owners to spend time with their pets while seeing the sites. The many fountains in the town even allow your dog to dip a toe to cool off or to grab a drink of water. If you are visiting the outlying areas of Italy, then you should remember to book your hotel in advance to find dog-friendly accommodations and always keep your pooch on a leash as a courtesy to the locals. You must also promptly pick up any mess your pooch leaves behind.

Dine in Rome's Cafes

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1 hr
Items needed
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Activity description
Rome is filled with a wide array of cafes that readily welcome well-behaved pooches. Often, grabbing a bit to eat or enjoying a cup of coffee with your four-legged buddy are ideal choices for fun. No matter what time of the year, outdoor dining is always an option in the city. During the winter months, the cafes set out large heat lamps to keep their patrons warm. They are the perfect place for you and your pooch to sit. You can dine while you watch the city's pedestrians stroll about the streets. You can also soak up the lovely cityscape.
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Reservations
Many of the popular cafes in Rome require reservations. When making a reservation, always tell the cafe that you will be bringing your four-legged buddy with you when you dine. Choose the cafe that best suits your pal and their patience factor; decide on whether a quick bite or a relaxed meal is the best choice.
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Leash your dog or use a stroller
Depending on your dog's size, you will want to make sure your pooch is under control at all times if you plan to dine at the local cafes. Leash your pooch or use a doggy pet stroller if your dog is tiny enough to sit within one's confines.
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Control your pooch
Ideally, your dog should be well-behaved while you dine at a cafe in Rome. Your canine companion must lay quietly at your feet or sit in their doggy stroller. It is perfectly okay to give your pooch a bite or two or food. Many cafes are willing to even cook food for your dog. Please make sure your dog does not bark or growl at other patrons.
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Landmark Sightseeing

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Cheap
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8 hrs
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Bottled Water
Bowl
Treats
Poop Bags
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Italy's crowning jewel is the city of Rome. There are many monuments to enjoy with your dog. You can pick up a map and plan your route. Stop along the way to give your pooch lots of water and maybe a treat or two to keep your canine companion happy as you soak up the sites. As you view the various locations, if your dog has an accident then you should always promptly pick it up. Also, keep your dog on a leash at all times and be considerate of other sightseers. Many people do not like a dog to sniff or touch them so always keep your pooch under control. If you have a small dog, then you might want to consider using a pet stroller so you can effortlessly maneuver the streets' many twists and turns.
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Leash and venture out
The first step in your sightseeing tour is to make sure your pet is leashed and in control. Small dogs can easily ride in a stroller. Either choice will provide an enjoyable experience for both you and our pet. You will be doing a lot of walking as you explore the sites; in some areas, you may choose to hail a cab. Most cabs in Rome will allow well-behaved dogs.
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Hadrian’s Column and more
The Hadrian’s Column, the Trevi Fountain, the Via Veneto, and the Spanish Steps are just a few locations you can enjoy with your dog. At the various sites, you do not have to worry about paying an admission for your pooch. Dogs always get in for free. You can also view Raphael, Bernini and Michelangelo.
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Breaks between sites
You will want to take plenty of breaks between sites. Maybe even grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafes. You can also shop in Rome with your dog in tow. Many stores allow dogs. Just be sure to ask to make sure the business is pet-friendly before entering.
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Beach Day

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Free
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3 hrs
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Innumerable beaches in Italy welcome dogs on their sandy expanses. Around Tuscany, dog-friendly beaches have only increased. The Spiagge Libre is one of the beaches near Tuscany that allow dogs. The pooches can not only play in the sand but also dip a toe in the amazing blue water. However, don't let your pooch shake the water off his fur when he gets out and drench other beachgoers. Bau Beach is another dog-friendly beach that is located right outside of Rome. There is also a dog-friendly beach located in Riviera delle Palme which sits in Northern Italy. Pluto Beach is known to be one of the best beaches in Italy.
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Playing in the sand
Many dogs love to play in the sand. You can dig together. However, if you let your dog dig a hole in the sand be sure to cover it up so that no one falls into the hole by mistake. As well, be sure that your pup does not ingest any of the creatures or critters found in the sand.
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Water fun
There are many dangers in the water such as riptides. Some owners feel safer putting a life vest on their pooch when they are playing in the water. However, do not let go of your dog's leash or they might float away as they swim and have fun. A dog in the water must be monitored at all times for fatigue or fear.
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Walking together
Sometimes just walking together along the beach's sandy expanse is enough to not only make you happy but also your best buddy too. Dogs love being with their owners. They usually don't require a lot of stimulation to enjoy time together.
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Mercato Centrale and Arnos River Bridges Loop Walk

The two-story indoor Mercato Centrale in Florence welcomes pets.  In the bottom section of the market, there are innumerable butchers and grocers. On the second floor, you will find over 20 food vendors that serve up many street food choices. It is a great place to grab lunch with your pooch.  The market is located only two blocks from the Piazza Duomo. After hitting the market, why not take your pooch on the nearby Arnos River Bridges Loop Walk to stretch the animal's legs. You will follow the river to a small park where locals often take their dogs. There are also many museums along the way. Some establishments welcome dogs but always inquire before entering with your pooch.

Sunset at Piazza Michelangelo

Sunset at the Piazza Michelangelo is considered a truly magical experience. The arrival of twilight washes the city in a warm golden and rose glow that is truly breathtaking. You can enjoy the spectacular view with your canine best friend. The Piazza Michelangelo is only a thirty-minute walk from the Piazza del Duomo. The historic site, built in 1869,  consists of a large overlook. There is even a giant replica of the statue of David at the site. Remember to keep your pooch leashed while you enjoy the view. There are typically many people there, and some will have dogs with them as well.

Conclusion

Visiting Italy with your best canine friend creates priceless memories. The country has many activities that you can share together. Locals also appear to enjoy the company of dogs, and they are widely welcome everywhere. It is strongly suggested that you make reservations at pet-friendly hotels before visiting so you know that you and your dog will have a place to spend the night. Most hotels welcome pets, but it is always advisable to have reservations so you don't have to worry about where you will be staying. Having a home base to return to with your dog after a long day of sightseeing will be a welcome respite for both of you.