The holiday season is here and our pets are also looking forward to playing in the sand and bathing in the sea. However, many planning a holiday will be asking, is italy dog friendly? Let's find out.
All over Italy there are an increasing number of beaches and resorts where dogs are allowed. Some of these Italian doggy beaches even offer specially tailored services for our four-legged friends, from agility courses, dog schools, vets, dog boutiques and showers to special doggy ice cream. It is also important to remember that this summer 2021 is still not a normal summer because of COVID-19 security measures and restrictions, so we recommend that, before going to the beach in Italy with your dog, you check with the local authorities to find out if there are any restrictions or special measures to be taken into account.
For the perfect holiday with your dog in Italy this summer 2021, take a look at our selection of the best dog-friendly beaches in Italy.
Savona: home to the first in dog-friendly beach in Italy
Liguria, more specifically the comune of Savona, is the place where the dog beach in Italy was opened in 1997. ‘Bau Bau Village’ (Corso Bigliati 11, Albissola Marina, Savona) was the first bathing spot that allowed animals to enjoy the beach in Italy and over the years, the range of activities for the care of dogs at the beach has been expanded. Facilities include hot and cold showers and a playground specifically for dogs to enjoy themselves.
This beach has something to please all of our furry friends and dog owners, as there are even some behaviour courses with dog trainers and your dog could even get trained to do sea rescues. As on all other beaches that allow access for dogs, an up-to-date vaccination card must be presented at the entrance.
Other beaches in the province of Savona that allow dogs are:
Baba Beach (Via Giancardi 44, Alassio). Here, dogs have a whole part of the beach to themselves and upon arrival they give you a welcome package for your pet.
Bagni Antille (Lungomare Colombo 28, Laigueglia). The beach is sandy and dogs of all sizes can enter for free.
Spiaggia comunale (near the Caserma della Finanza, Finale Ligure). Free access for dogs with a regular health booklet and a recent certificate of good health.
Spiaggia libera attrezzata comunale ex Soggiorno Leonessa (corso Italia, arenile di Levante, Pietra Ligure). This beach charges an entrance fee.
Spiaggia Libera Attrezzata ex Colonia (corso Italia, Pietra Ligure). Dogs are allowed to swim at certain times and there is also a small charge of a few euros.
Rin Tin Beach (Viale 25 Aprile, Pietra Ligure). This specialised beach has 30 stations with umbrellas and sun beds especially for dogs, each equipped with dog bowls, mats and various games, life jackets and a cleaning kit. You can also go to the beach bar with your dog, who is allowed to swim at any time.
Rimini: a more recent convert dog beaches
For those who choose Rimini as their holiday destination, he good news is that there are now an increasing number of beaches in the area that are dog friendly. In 2019, an experimental law was signed allowing dogs not only access to the beach, but also giving them the right to take a dip in certain areas and at certain times.
Rimini is always at the forefront of tourism and hospitality in Italy, and there is certainly no lack of places where dogs are welcome. One of the most famous is Rimini Dog no problem (Bagno 81), which is also known for being one of the largest and best-equipped dog beaches in Romagna. They accept dogs of all sizes and let them roam freely. There are also play areas for dogs, showers, mats, bowls and even dryers. This beach is also a favourite for travellers as there are free doggy education courses for pet owners, led by qualified and experienced instructors. Finally, you can't leave without trying the "bau gelato", an ice cream made especially for dogs.
Another beach where dogs are welcome in Rimini is the beach Bagno Riviera n°1 (Via Paolo Toscanelli 5/A loc. Rivabella, 47921, Rimini), where there is an area specially equipped for dogs with a pet sitter and veterinary service. With the addition of a free water fountain to fill bowls and keep our furry friends hydrated, plus mats and bags to keep the beach clean, what more could you ask for?
Livorno: the perfect destination for discerning dogs
If your puppy pal is a pretentious type who likes a bit of preening, a nice holiday on the enchanting Etruscan Coast will make them very happy this summer 2021.
On the Tyrrhenian Sea, in San Vincenzo in the province of Livorno there is a beach that your dog will love, and it's very appropriately called the Dog Beach (Via della Principessa s.n.c., San Vincenzo, Livorno). It is a beach shaded by a pine forest, where dogs of all sizes are allowed. It is one of the few that allows dogs to roam freely off a lead, and it also has a free water bath without any time restrictions. You can also enjoy the walking area in the pine forest near the beach and take your dog to the agility area which is open at the weekend.
Also in the province of Livorno, Piombino (Località Perelli 1 snc, Piombino, Livorno) is another beach with a spectacular landscape around it. You can also visit Pasciá Glam Beach, located in the Sterapia Park (a WWF protected area), in the beautiful Gulf of Follonica. Here your dog can take long walks on the beach, relax in the shade of the pine forest and take a swim in the clear, calm sea.
Lecce: dogs enjoy themselves in Salento
Salento is one of the most popular destinations for people to spend their summer holidays in Italy and is also an area which is becoming more dog friendly. The reasons are easy to see: dreamy beaches, a crystal-clear sea, fun, excitement, excellent food and wine and a warm reception. Thanks to all the pet-friendly establishments, your canine friends can enjoy this natural paradise and accompany you on your holiday this summer 2021.
In San Cataldo (Lungomare Marinai D´Italia loc. San Cataldo, 73100, Lecce) you will find Soleluna Lido Bau Beach, which is open to dogs of all sizes and offers various types of services, from a vet to beauty treatments for your pooch. Dogs have at their disposal a reserved, private area and they can go for a swim in the sea at any time.
Also in Lecce, in Marina di Pescoluse in Salve, you can visit Eden Salento, the first agri-beach in Italy which has a vegetable patch right by the sea. It is also the only place on the Ionian coast that accepts dogs. They have shower facilities, water bowls, a play area, a small bathing area and dog trainer.