Planning a vacation to Rome with your dog? Whether he’s a service dog or you just can’t be away from him too long, traveling with your pet can be a rewarding experience – as long as you thoughtfully plan ahead of time. Of course, making sure you have the proper travel documentation as well as veterinary certificates are just a part of the careful planning – for the most up-to-date information about the rules and regulations for traveling with your pet from the US, check out the official US Embassy website.
While it is sometimes best to leave your pet at home with someone who can care for him, if you’re traveling for a long time your best option is to just bring ‘em along with you! Rome is a very pet friendly city and Italians are extremely loving toward animals. It’s not uncommon to make a lot of friends just walking the streets or in the park with your dog. But like any city, Rome regulates where your pets are and aren’t allowed – so we’ve come up with a list of the best places to take your dog to give him/her a Roman holiday too!
A day at Rome’s Dog-Friendly Beach
It’s summer – so naturally you’ll want to hit the beach! Unfortunately most beaches prohibit dogs from entering, so bringing him/her with you runs the risk of a hefty fine. Located near Fiumicino Airport just a bit outside Rome, Bau Beach was the first dog beach in Italy and the most famous for its list of pup-specific amenities. For a small entrance fee, you have access to a list of treats, equipment, and services for your dog. For more information, visit the official Bau Beach website.
Parks for Walking your Dog
Rome’s historic center is full of beautiful parks that are perfect for taking your dog on a walk. Villa Borghese, Villa Ada, and Villa Pamphili are among the largest parks in the city, but there are plenty of small, public parks scattered all over that will shelter you and your furry friend for the distractions and chaos of the bustling narrow streets in Rome.
Cool off next to the Tiber River
The embankments along the river are a great place to escape the chaos of the historic center. Take any of the stair accesses down to the river and you’ll find there are less people and less distractions for your dog. Down near the water the temperature tends to be a bit cooler too, so it’s a win for everyone!
Chase birds in the piazzas
Nothing is more exhilarating for your dog than chasing pigeons in a huge piazza. Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square) are all perfect places for your furry friend to get some exercise.
Need a pet-friendly place to stay?
Rome Accommodation has apartments available for long stays to make the perfect home away from home for you and your four-footed friends.
Near Villa Borghese Park
Stay right off Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps, the Villa Medici apartment is perfect for small dogs and just a stroll away from the foot paths in Villa Borghese Park.
The Condotti I Apartment is also conveniently located near Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps, but on your way to the Villa Borghese Park meander the streets for great shopping and people watching.
Near Parco del Colle Oppio
With the view of the Colosseum from the window, the Traiano apartment is a hop, jump, and skip away from the Parco del Colle Oppio, a charming little park scattered with ruins.
Near Piazza Vittorio Emanuele
The cozy Jazz House in the Esquilino neighborhood in Rome is a themed apartment, complete with a working phonograph and perfect for small to medium sized dogs, just steps away from the largest piazza in Rome, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.
For any other unanswered questions, this lady’s 10 Things I learned About Traveling to Italy with My Dog will surely answer them!
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