A quick holiday break to one of our favourite to places to visit, Tofino, British Columbia. You can never go wrong with the weather here – if it’s sunny then it’s just plain beautiful. But when it’s stormy then nature puts on an amazing show with huge crashing waves and painted skies.
There are so many little towns and communities dotted around the Italian countryside, you are spoiled each time you venture out for the day. One amazing little place we stumbled across was Chiusdino, just under an hour from Siena and ninety minutes from Florence.
A new ‘Baily & Bella’ dog sweater to show off with some pics from a quick road trip to the BC interior and a visit to Salmon Arm. This area is gorgeous in the summer but we were really digging the winter moodiness of the Shuswap Lake and living it up without putting on any mosquito spray 🙂
For all our loyal followers and new visitors, a big hello from VanDoggo! Thanks for stopping by to checkout our ramblings and photos from our recent trip to Europe with Tikka. The support and growth for our little blog has given us the ‘warm and fuzzies’, so thank you!
As our amount of posts grow with recent trips and upcoming travel with Tikka, we knew we had to get all of our adventures into a handy list. If you are new, you may not know that Las Vegas has a hotel with a dog park, or Tofino on Canada’s West Coast is a paradise for dogs. Have a look at at our list of dog friendly places to visit:
We love to hear about everyone’s adventures so don’t be shy and leave a comment! And check back as we have lots of exploring to do!
Reading up on all the dog friendly things we could do on our trip to Italy, one particular place stood out to us as a ‘must – visit’, the Dog Beach at San Vincenzo, in the Livorno area of Tuscany only one hour south of Pisa.
This little piece of doggy heaven completely caters to its four legged visitors and it’s impressive to see how much thought goes into creating something solely for the dog’s well being and happiness…other countries need to take note. There are dog friendly beaches around the world, but this is on a whole other level with a huge off leash beach, dog events, parasols and loungers to rent for a shady nap and dog treats sold right on the sand.
Unfortunately we missed the beach season by just a few days, so although the beach was open to visit, the services had closed for the season so we couldn’t take advantage of everything Dog Beach had on offer during the summer. Coming from Canada, the temperature still had the heat of a July day, but alas was turning too cool for the sun loving Italians. It was still a fantastic afternoon and the beach was busy with dogs and owners enjoying the Tyrrhenian sea and warm sand.
In the regular season, one side of the beach is set up with bright yellow sun umbrellas with reserved loungers for rent and you can have your dog right next to you or on your sun bed. The other side is an open area that you can bring your own chairs or towels and lay right out on the beach. There is a bar and food right at the entrance and they have items for your dog as well. Doggy ice cream anyone?
Other amenities include: Fresh drinking water, showers (dog and people), agility course, weekly vet visit, monthly dog events, washrooms, easy parking, and direct access to the sea. All that is required from your dog is that they are behaved and show absolutely no aggression towards other dogs or people. Fair enough for such an open area with so many off leash dogs.
Now look at all these happy pups on the San Vincenzo Facebook Page! That’s what going to the beach is all about 🙂
And if you are not in the Livorno area, the dog beach page on the Explore Italian Culture website lists more dog friendly beaches all around Italy, ready for you to take your sand loving dog to! Each one has different regulations, so do a bit of reading before showing up (size of dog, muzzles needed, vaccinations etc…)
Can’t wait for our next trip to visit them all!
*This post is part of our traveling around Italy with our dog. Here are some other dog friendly activities we discovered in Tuscany: