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Finding Pet-Friendly Hotels in Italy

Published on: July 17, 2018  |  Author: Starwood Pet Travel

veniceYou and your adorable furry friend are embarking on an exciting adventure to Italy, where you can bask in the glorious sunshine, immerse yourself in the rich history spanning thousands of years, and savor the delectable flavors of Italian wine and olives. Unfortunately, your beloved pet won't be able to indulge in these delights, but fear not! Italy is a remarkably pet-friendly destination, ensuring that both you and your furry companion will receive a warm and enthusiastic reception.

Before you embark on this marvelous journey, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with the customs and etiquette surrounding pets in Italy. This knowledge will not only guarantee you a warm welcome wherever you go, whether it's exploring the bustling shopping districts or searching for the perfect hotel, but it will also earn you plenty of admiration and praise. Rest assured, Italy boasts an abundance of pet-friendly accommodations, so you won't have any trouble finding the perfect place to stay.

The options for pet-friendly accommodations in Italy are truly endless. Whether you prefer the cozy and intimate atmosphere of a charming bed and breakfast or the convenience of a well-appointed hotel, you will find countless options to suit your needs and preferences. From luxurious apartments and vacation rentals to serene campgrounds, Italy caters to every budget and ensures a delightful stay for both you and your furry friend. It's worth noting that while some accommodations only accept small pets, others gladly welcome larger dogs or even multiple pets. Woof!


If you fancy the idea of staying in a picturesque bed and breakfast, you can easily search for options throughout Italy by region. Additionally, websites like BringFido provide a valuable resource for pet owners traveling to foreign countries. Although not every property listed on their site has been rated, you can still explore all the amenities and prices, as well as visit each property's individual website. If you're feeling hesitant about booking in Italian or unsure if the staff at your chosen accommodation speaks English, worry not! BringFido allows you to book directly without incurring any additional fees. For example, you might consider booking a stay at Hotel Panorama in Venice, which is rated 5 bones and happily accepts big dogs, up to 2. Situated in a historic building overlooking the Venetian lagoon, this property offers a plethora of amenities for humans to enjoy.


Another trustworthy resource for international travelers is TripAdvisor. Their website showcases the top 10 pet-friendly hotels in Italy, along with separate links for various cities and towns, enabling you to focus on your desired destinations. The highest-ranked hotel overall is the Grand Hotel Majestic "Gia Baglioni" in Bologna, a truly grand and luxurious establishment that may require a more generous budget but promises an unforgettable experience. After all, why not treat yourself and your furry companion to a well-deserved splurge?

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

If you crave the ultimate indulgence and prefer luxury villas, boutique hotels, or rejuvenating resorts, be sure to explore the options presented by Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Their guides to city breaks in Milan, leisurely Tuscan summers, and regal Puglian holidays will assist you in planning a perfetto getaway.

Pet-Friendly Vacations

Now, let's talk about planning the perfect pet-friendly vacation in Italy.

If you'll be traveling during the summer, please note that dogs are generally not allowed on the crowded beaches in many parts of Italy. However, fret not, as there are still numerous beaches and lakeshores where you and your furry friend can enjoy a refreshing dip. Be sure to familiarize yourself with dog water safety to ensure a fun and safe experience.

Seasoned travelers with pets recommend packing a small, folding crate for your petite pet, if applicable. Additionally, if your dear furry companion has a discerning palate, it might be worth checking online to see if their favorite food is readily available in the cities and towns you plan to visit in Italy. The same goes for grooming salons, if that's important to you.

Of course, one of the highlights of your trip will undoubtedly be treating your pet to a delightful dinner date in Rome. Fortunately, the city boasts a multitude of eateries that warmly welcome canines, allowing you and your furry friend to savor the authentic flavors of Italy together.

Ultimately, the most crucial aspect of planning your trip to Italy is ensuring that your beloved pet travels safely and comfortably so that they can arrive full of energy and excitement. Our pet travel experts at Starwood are here to help you create the purrfect door-to-door itinerary for your furry friend, allowing you to focus on packing and eagerly anticipating this extraordinary adventure.

*Photo by Dan Novac on Unsplash

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