A Dog-Friendly Beach Holiday in Emilia-Romagna

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Are you dreaming of spending your summer holiday soaking up the sun on one of Italy’s amazing beaches? Are you also looking for a place that accepts your four-legged friend? Look no further than the centrally-located Riviera Romagnola along the Adriatic coast. It has been named the most dog-friendly region in Italy for your summer vacation and here’s why.

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Why Choose Emilia-Romagna for Your Dog-Friendly Holiday?

Emilia-Romagna has a whopping 175 accommodations registered as being “pet-friendly”. The vast majority offer services for your pet that go far beyond simply allowing them to stay with you in the hotel. Many offer private beaches especially equipped for your pet, dog training services, homemade food prepped especially for your canine, dog trails, and showers directly on the beach for your buddy. Sixteen of the 175 have also been selected to receive the Excellence Award for their superior services, facilities, and customer feedback. It almost sounds too good to be true.

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Planning Your Dog-Friendly Trip

There are many factors to consider when planning your holiday with man’s best friend. Will you be traveling with children as well? Is your dog used to being around other dogs? Does your dog like the water? Do you like other dogs or just your own? What services do you absolutely need for you and your pet in order to enjoy your stay? Also keep in mind that many of the hotels don’t just accept dogs but also cats, birds, and even turtles in some cases! 

Once you think you have a pretty good idea of what your ideal vacation should look like, you’ll need to decide where to go. Keep in mind that each individual location offers different services for you and your pet. We’ve narrowed it down by province to help you decide. 


By a landslide, the province of Rimini offers the greatest number of choices for you and your pet. Seaside locations like Rimini, Riccione, and Cattolica are already renowned for their lidos, and family-friendly beaches, but also for their nightlife and summertime events. There are a total of 116 different accommodations (ranging from hotels, campsites, residences, apartments, and more) from which to choose. 

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We can personally vouch for Hotel Principe which offers everything from a fenced dog park area to fenced, private beach cabanas, and there’s even a “dog chef” who will prepare a specialized menu for your pet’s dietary needs!


The Ravenna province comes in second with a total of 30 pet-friendly hotels in various price ranges, four of which are categorized as “excellent”. Locations like Cervia and Milano Marittima are also immensely popular with both families and younger travelers. If you choose this area, then you’ll be just minutes from the famous mosaics of Ravenna and the amusement park Mirabilandia. Keep in mind that many of the hotels offer dog-sitting services which allow you to take a quick break and see the surrounding area.


In third place as far as the number of dog-friendly hotels is the province of Forlì-Cesena with a total of 19. The majority are located in Cesenatico, a city famous for its canals designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. 

Wherever you choose to go, we hope that you and your pet will have the vacation of a lifetime in the Emilia-Romagna region! 

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*information was obtained from the Zampa Vacanza website, a trusted source for those traveling with their four-legged friends.