Il Biancospino, as well as being farm, for years offers personalized education courses with their dog, at various levels, with a Training School for Educators and Dog Trainers.
On the hills of the Oltrepò Pavese, a typical farmhouse is available to customers, traditionally furnished, offers personalized holidays with your dog and a quality cuisine.
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The dog training school Il Biancospino was born as a service company with the aim of meeting the needs of people and families who buy or adopt a dog, making sure that they can live happily with him.
At the time there was only talk of Training, meaning a sporting activity reserved for breed dogs that had to achieve results in the race for the purposes of the championship.
The structure already housed the breeding of samoyed breed and golden retriever to which the reception part of the hotel Valletta and the farm has been added at a later time.
The commitment of Il Biancospino has always been in favor of a social education of the dog to form a good life partner alongside its owner.
Starting from the already existing foreign experiences, Il Biancospino has pursued a thought respecting the well-being of the dog.
From the end of the 1990s, we talked about education, inviting the best speakers from Northern Europe, the USA and Great Britain to the Center. 2 international dog education conferences have been organized at the school with speakers from 20 countries around the world.
After the recognition of the School by the Enci as the first training center in Italy, several revisions of the professional courses have characterized the modern project: collaborations with the University, with the Professional Certification Centers and the Biancospino network in all of Italy.
Trips with the dog in the CON FIDO IN VACANZA project and holidays at Il Biancospino of Casteggio.
Administrative secretary, deals with the organizational management of il Biancospino. “Organizing calendar activities to best meet the needs of our dog clients”
Breeding worker, he also takes care of retired dogs and their grooming.
“To groom a dog brings me back to its natural beauty”
Dog trainer, welcomes customers with the dog in tow.
“My favorite pastime is walking and scattering in the woods with my Fina”
Cook of the holiday farm, specialized in local recipes.
“My cakes satisfy the most demanding palates and warm the heart.”
Waiter of the holiday farm.
“The smiles of our customers repay our work”
Experience and professionalism at the service of dog lovers throughout Italy.
There are numerous Dog Centers that, all over Italy , collaborate with Il Biancospino.
Our instructors, trained at SDFC Il Biancospino, carry on their territory, the philosophy of the School with ability and skills.
They are authorized to issue the Canine Conductor License Il Biancospino; at the end of the educational path, working both at domicile and at their facilities.
SEA AND SUN IN DALMATIA AND THE ISLAND OF KRK
How to get to Croatia from Italy
We arrive in Trieste to continue following the SS14 / E61 in the direction of the country. After the former customs proceed on the E61 towards Rijeka / Rijeka and from here take the Adriatic Highway (Jadranska Magistrala), the D8 highway or the A6-A1 motorway to the Plitvice Lakes.
In September, starting with our four-legged friend for a holiday in Croatia allows you to experience the benefits of the sea and the sun at the end of summer and to immerse yourself in unspoiled nature. Croatia is well organized with numerous hotels, campsites and houses for rent to accommodate “six-legged” tourism as well as most of the beautiful beaches that dot it.
The northern region of Dalmatia is separated from Europe by the mountains of Velebit and since 1978 has been included in the worldwide network of biosphere reserves hosting the most beautiful National Parks in Europe : nature, woods and tranquility close to the sea. Examples are the picturesque Plitvice Lakes, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site , which occupy an area of 29.685 hectares and are located halfway between Zagreb and Zadar, about 3 hours drive by car from Trieste. Visiting them in September is ideal to avoid the crowds that characterize the summer and have the opportunity to walk with Fido between paths, footbridges, wooden pedestrian bridges on turquoise pools. While traveling along the road that leads to the entrances of the Park it is easy to come across the crossing of hares, foxes, roe deer, hedgehogs and wild boars that populate this protected area.
Once you enter the park, the route winds for 18 km and our four-legged friends are allowed but you must keep them on a leash. You can visit 16 lakes that have as a frame not only a rich fauna but also a wild nature of dense forests climbing hills, caves, streams and waterfalls.
The Park is divided into two different landscape areas, in the upper one there are lakes surrounded by mountains with wonderful waterfalls while in the southern one there are smaller pools of water like that of Kozjak about 4 km long with low vegetation of beech and hazel .
A constant in the Park are the wooden walkways that allow you to observe the landscape and the lakes directly from the water, sometimes lying among the reeds, small gorges and small waterfalls.
In order not to contaminate this unique and protected ecosystem it is forbidden to swim; you can also visit the caves of the lower lakes like that of Suplijara with boats (electric ferries) that sail regularly from the shore and lead tourists who want to comfortably reach the opposite banks of the lake instead of coasting on foot.
The lakes of Gradinsho and Galovac are located in the northern part, the former has become the ideal habitat for wild ducks, while the latter is at the feet of spectacular waterfalls among the dolomite rocks. During the visit of the Park you can stop waiting to see lepidoptera, wild animals and birds, of the latter there are more than 150 varieties including black storks and osprey.
Paklenica Park in the heart of Dalmatia extends for 96 square kilometers from the Adriatic coast to the Velebit mountains. The variety of its landscapes offers different types of excursions you can do in the company of Fido: from long walks on the coast to trekking routes in the mountains. Very famous for their beauty are also the gorges of Paklenika and Mala Paklenica that with their walls over 400 meters high seem to split the mountain in two; from the mild climate of the coast it passes so quickly to the subalpine kingdom of royal eagles, peregrine falcons, lynxes, bears and beards.
The wild nature of Paklenica Park can also be admired by families with children thanks to the scrupulous maintenance of the paths, all well marked by signs in all languages.
Per i più esperti un percorso più impegnativo, poiché richiede 10 ore di cammino, è quello di Velika Paklenica che attraversa gole, pascoli in quota e foreste. I più intrepidi possono arrampicarsi e raggiungere le cime del Vaganky (1757 metri) e del Babin (1741 metri).
Proseguendo verso sud, nel Parco Nazionale di Krka si trova una delle piscine naturali più suggestive dove ci si può rilassare nuotando in un’acqua cristallina il cui punto d’ingresso più accessibile è quello meridionale di SKRADIN.
Altra meta turistica del Parco è lo spettacolo offerto dalle 7 cascate: la più estesa è quella di Roski Slap mentre la più conosciuta, per i suoi 17 gradini con un dislivello di ben 46 metri, è quella di Skradinsky.
The park also houses historic buildings such as the orthodox monastery of Arandelovar, more commonly known as Krka. It overlooks a large lake with a series of waterfalls up to 27 meters high; It was erected as a dowry of Jelena Subic, sister of the emperor of Serbia Dusan, rebuilt several times, it was only around the eighteenth century that it reached its current state that is a fusion between Byzantine and Mediterranean style.
Instead, the Visovac monastery stands on a small lake island, founded by the hermit friars of Sant’Agostino who, thanks to a reclamation work, transformed this “white rock” in the middle of the lake into a very suggestive habitable zone.
The Ligurian hinterland still offers a wild nature a few hours drive from the big cities of northern Italy. The lands of the taggiasca olive cultivation are renowned not only for the oil and the products derived from it but also for its cultural and historical heritage .
Thanks to the mild climate all year round the Valle Nervia and the Valle Argentina are ideal destinations for spending beautiful days in the company of our four-legged friend.
In Val Nervia, Apricale is known as one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy where time seems to have stopped. The uniqueness of this place has been grasped and appreciated by artists, poets and artisans who have found the ideal condition here to put their creativity to good use. The myth of the witches, the original inns, the murals and the forms of contemporary art (such as the bicycle that towers above the bell tower of the village) have made Apricale and its castle home to many cultural initiatives . Strolling around in a medieval atmosphere and a little fairytale for the “ carugi ” of the village, so called the typical alleys of the Ligurian villages, will make us feel like we are inside a movie set a historical film. At the center of the town square you can admire a beautiful fountain of Gothic origin while taking one of the many alleys, which from here meander like a labyrinth, you follow a succession of steps and underpasses. The buttresses with their gardens seem to have been torn from the mountain. Do not miss the walk along Via Mazzini and Via Cavour to breathe the naive soul of this enchanting corner of the Ligurian hinterland.
Valle Argentina offers environmental, landscape and cultural attractions. Thanks to a natural microclimate, with spring temperatures all year round, walk to the discovery of Taggia , Badalucco and Montalto , along paths immersed in olive groves , woods or meadows typical of the upper valley, will be a wonderful experience to share with our four-legged friend. This itinerary, a few kilometers from the most crowded Riviera dei Fiori , is in fact characterized by a wild nature offering beautiful views and spectacular blooms.
Taggia was frequented already in prehistoric, Roman and Byzantine times. To make it famous is also the olive taggiasca that began to grow thanks to the installation of the Benedictine monks.
To go to Taggia from the coast, take the SP548. The historic center can be reached by crossing the 16-arch medieval bridge over the Argentine torrent. Going up Via Dalmazzo, the main artery of the historic village, you follow the ancient road that led from Taggia to Badalucco and the upper valley. Beyond the walls is the one that testifies to the first Benedictine settlement dominated by the Romanesque bell tower of the Madonna del Canneto. The acropolis can be reached after a succession of narrow streets to Piazza Doria and the Church of Santa Lucia. Going down through the Porta Sottana and Porta Pretoria you reach the Convent of San Domenico. Since 2012, the complex has been entrusted to the congregation of the Brothers of the Holy Family. From the convent you return to the village from Porta dell’Orso via Lercari, which overlooks the eighteenth century buildings. The majestic baroque parish church of San Giacomo and Filippo dominates a small square enclosed by porticoes and buildings that denote the architectural development of the city from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth.
A few kilometers away from Taggia stands the beautiful medieval village of Badalucco. The entrance into the historic center is by crossing the Santa Lucia Bridge. Dominating the village is the hill where once stood the Castle of the Counts of Ventimiglia, while today is the Church of San Nicolò of 1600. Recently Badalucco has been transformed into a sort of open-air museum thanks to the frescoes of contemporary artists made on the walls of its buildings.
To admire instead the typical slate roofs of the houses you have to go to Montalto Ligure, located at the confluence of the Carpasina stream. The buildings of this medieval village face the alleys with multi-level access in a continuous rise and fall. A beautiful walk in the company of Fido among the chestnut woods starts from the pedestrian wooden bridge, parallel to the driveway on the Carpasina stream. A marked trail will take us to the Sanctuary of Our Lordship of the Acquasanta.
The Sanctuary after the earthquake of 1887 was rebuilt in memory of the apparition of the Virgin who miraculously cured an elderly crippled peasant inviting him to wash himself in the water that gushed at his feet.
Path of the ancient Neviere di Taggia.
Before tackling the route with our friend Fido it is advisable to provide a water supply because there are no sources during the first part of the journey.
It is a beautiful trail well maintained and marked in the Ligurian countryside planted with olive trees and from which you can enjoy the view of glimpses of the sea and of the coast.
Argentine veterinary clinic , via Levà 58, 18018 Taggia (IM) Tel. 0184/462458
Where to stay
Castellaro Golf Resort Hotel and Residence , Strada per i Piani 1, 18011 Castellaro
Upon request pets allowed with supplement.
Closed from March 30th to April 21st.
Restaurant and B & B Le Macine del Confluente , loc. Oxentina snc., 18010 Badalucco (IM)
Tel. 0184/407018 email@example.com
With notice small / medium sized pets allowed without supplement .
Agritourism L’Adagio , Region Roglietto 18010 Badalucco (IM)
With prior notice of pets allowed in apartment with supplement .
WALKING WITH FIDO ALONG THE BODENSEE AND THE ROMANTISCHE STRASSE
A few hours drive from Italy you can go with Fido, to escape the summer heat of August, on the Bodensee .
This Lago , almost as big as the Garda and the Maggiore combined, stretches for 536 square kilometers on the river Reno and its banks are divided between Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Having to travel across the Alps, it is necessary to bring our four-legged friend of the European Passport and a health check to the veterinary surgeon to update the vaccination records required for expatriation . A holiday on the Bodensee and the Romantische Strasse allows you to enjoy unspoiled nature and the countless tourist facilities are among the best in Europe for the welfare of our four-legged friends.
Parks, campgrounds, picnic areas and rest areas, bars, restaurants and means of transport welcome Fido and his travel companions who will also appreciate the mild and windy climate even in the summer of the area.
The Lake Bodensee only in Italian is called with the name taken from the city of Constance that was the seat in 1418 of the Western Schism, with the stipulation of the agreement between all the religious authorities of Europe to elect a new and unique Pontiff. To celebrate and commemorate the event almost six hundred years away, the city of Constance will organize events and shows until 2018. To be updated on current events it is recommended to contact the Tourist Office right in the city center at the 43 station square (Bahnofplatz), calling 0049 7531 1330.
An itinerary on foot to visit Constance can only start from the central and crowded Piazza Markstatte where stands the Emperor’s Fountain (Kaiser Brunnen) surrounded by beautiful old buildings, restaurants, bars and cafes. The nineteenth-century fountain is decorated with sculptures by the representatives of the four German dynasties and by a series of animals, such as the three-headed peacock, which alludes in a satirical way to the historical past of the city.
Behind it you can admire the only rococo house in the square: the Zulm Wolf.
Walking along the central Kanzleistrasse road, you can easily reach the Town Hall, whose façade is decorated with large frescoes representing local history. Continuing to go up the central road axis we arrive at the Obermarkt Square where public executions took place in the Middle Ages.
Continuing on are the Church of Santo Stefano and the Cathedral of Our Lordship to flow on the Lauge Laube dominated by the work of Peter Lenk: a strange fountain called Arc of Triumph adorned with symbolic caricatures of animals, newborns and little angels. By the same author in the port area you can admire the huge statue of 10 meters high representing the Italian courtesan Imperia, protagonist of one of the stories of Balzac, who in his hands holds the naked bodies of Emperor Sigismund and Pope Martino V. The majestic sculpture turns on itself to symbolize, it is said, having made the head turn to the Kings and Popes of his time.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR ACCOMMODATION
Holiday Inn Express Friedrichshafen , Allmannsweiler Strasse 79, 88046 Friedrichhafen.
Tel 0049 7541 599500
Steigenberger Inselhotel , Auf der Insel 1, 78462, Konstanz
Tel 0049 7531 125-0
Ibis Hotel , Benediktinerplatz 9, 78467, Konstanz Baden- wurttemberg
Tel. 0049 7531 45700
DISCOVERING WITH THE FIDO OF THE ISLAND OF REICHENAU AND MAINAU : two corners of Paradise around Constance.
Reichenau , included in the Unesco Heritage with its Churches, is connected to the mainland by a beautiful tree-lined road. The landscape of the bucolic and silent island makes it a wonderful destination to relax and go for a walk, among the streets bordering the lake, in the company of our four-legged friend. Once, along its banks, there were twenty religious buildings, now there are only three: the Church of San Giorgio of the ninth century, the Benedictine Monastery erected in 724 which is an integral part of the structure and the Church of Saints Mary and Mark .
Mainau is an island, also connected by a bridge and private residence of the Bernadotte family.
Only from the outside you can admire the Castle and the beautiful Chapel but it is mainly the wonderful Park of old trees, sculptures, fountains and flowers, which you can visit with Fido on a leash </em >, the call for tourists throughout the year.
The Park of the island of Mainau is in fact from dawn to dusk always open to the public and contains in addition to various tropical plants a riot of colorful flowers. There are about 10,000 rose plants of over 1.0 variety and from September until the beginning of October there is instead the flowering of dahlias, 12,500 of 250 different species. There is no shortage of dining options and attractions for the little ones like the Butterfly House but for the preservation of the habitat, created specifically to let fly the colorful moths free.
Animals inside the large shed are not allowed.
The town of Meersburg on the other side of the lake can be reached by one of the many ferries that regularly shuttle between the two shores. The town is worth a visit for its characteristic lattice structures; from Piazza del Mercato you reach Piazza Castello where the Castle faces, clinging to a rock spur, which in the first half of the eighteenth century was used as the residence of the Bishops of Constance.
A little further north you can visit Unteruhldigen which, with the Museum of Palafitte , is one of the largest open-air archaeological sites in Europe and since 2011 UNESCO .
Friedrichhafen, with its two important aviation museums dedicated to scientists Zeppelin and Dornier, is a well-known town to the south of Meersburg; the first invented the airship while the second the planes to metal.
Enthusiasts can, leaving Fido to “land”, take the Tour from the top of the lake on board a modern airship at the Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederrei in the city’s airport.
PEDALANDO WITH FIDO SUL BODENSEE
If we are lovers of Fido sports activity “in punta di pedali”, in less than a week, we will be able to follow one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Europe that surrounds Lake Constance: the Bodensee Radweg.
Around the Bodensee, always within sight, the practicability of this cycle path is suitable for everyone, not needing, for the few slopes of the climbs, a particular training. Certainly for your own health and that of the dog it is important not to venture to do a workout without prior consultation and visit to the doctor.
The road sign along the Radweg, winding in three different countries (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) changes, but fortunately the universal symbol of the bicycle remains unchanged. The numerous refreshment and rest areas, parks, hotels and the very efficient luggage transport service make a holiday with Fido cycling along the carefree, healthy and fun Bodensee.
In practically all the localities there is also the possibility to move, by loading the bicycles, by train and by ferry thanks to a well organized transport and navigation network and of course “pet-friendly”. </Em >
BODENSEE TOURISMUS, Hafenstrasse 6, tel. 0049 7531 909490
REICHENAU TOURISMUS, Pirminstrasse 145, tel. 0049 7534 9207-0
MEERSBURG TOURISMUS, Kirchstrasse 4, tel. 0049 7532 440400
GERMAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TOURISM, tel. 02 26111598
SWITZERLAND TOURISM, tel. 800 10020029
AUSTRIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTION FOR TOURISM, tel. 800 175070
Dr. Heinrich Peiss, Lindauer Strasse 37, 78464, Konstanz, Germany
Tel. 07531 31554
Ute Richter-Hanauer, Santisblick 18, 78465, Constance, Germany
Tel. 07533 4402
DOG SITTER SERVICE
Dog Trainer in Constance
Walk to dog Hundebetreuung / Hunde-Haltertraining / Leckerli-Bar in Konstanz am Bodensee
Jakobstrasse 74b, 78464, Konstanz, Germany
Tel. 7531 696998
THE ROMANTISCHE STRASSE : about 400 km between castles, medieval villages and fabulous landscapes
The Romantic Road, from the mountains of the Allgäu to the Franconian hills, crosses places that seem stolen from the illustrations of the fairy tales for the many medieval villages, the colors of the landscapes and the nature that kilometer after kilometer are presented before our eyes.
A good base for visiting one of the most beautiful “royal castles” along the Romantische Strasse is the delightful town on the river Lech of Fussen, about 170 kilometers from the Brennero Pass.
Hohenschwangau dates back to the 12th century and contains the memoirs of Wagner lived at the court of King Louis of Bavaria.
King Ludwig II is the most famous Bavarian ruler who in the course of his reign in the late nineteenth century built three wonderful castles that are among the most visited in Germany and a must for those who travel the Romantische Strasse: NEUSCHWANSTEIN, LINDERHOF and HERRENCHIMSEE . Neuschwanstein Castle is the best known in Europe because it is what Disney World has copied in its amusement parks.
The next stop through Steingaden is Schongau small medieval village where you can refresh yourself before reaching, crossing Landsberg, Augsburg which is one of the most beautiful medieval towns along the Romantischestrasse for its wealth of history and art. Located at the intersection of the Roman Via Claudia with the ancient Via del Sale, it was founded in the fifteenth century by the Emperor Augustus. You can easily visit during one day but having time is very impressive even in the evening with the illuminated buildings of the old town: Rathausplatz (Council Palace), Welserstrasse, the Fountain of Mercury and the Cathedral are testimony to the importance that it covered Augsburg (Augusta) in European history. In 1534 Augsburg was converted to the Reformation of Luther but the inhabitants had to fight against the French army to maintain freedom of worship and finally in 1541 the so-called Peace of Augusta was signed that allowed both the Reformists and Catholics to profess their religion freely. The town experienced an extraordinary economic development thanks to the dynasty of the Fugger bankers.
Further on is the Castle of Harburg near Donauworth and the village of Nordlingen with its fifteen access doors in the well-preserved walls. In Dinkelsbuhl, a tiny and beautiful village, the Cathedral and the Deutsches Haus are worth a visit and the Ratstrinkenstube can be found in a 16th century brewery.
A couple of days are needed to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauer : from the Markplatz to the Herrengasse, from the houses with pointed roofs to the Powder Tower from Sparo, from the 16th century Spital to the large Gothic Cathedral. The town is also famous for the terrible siege that began in 1620 in the Thirty Years’ War.
The castle of Weikersheim is located on the edge of the town of the same name. Wanted by Konrad Heinrich Von Wighartesheim the first news dates back to 1156.
Last resort on the edge of the Swabian Region is Wurzburg on the river Main which has been recognized by UNESCO Universal Heritage of the Arts and the University of Wine , it extends gentle hills cultivated with vines. The historic center is characterized by the Baroque style of its buildings, the ancient Marien Brucke bridge, the Romanesque Cathedral, the Residenz and the Fortress of Mariember overlooking the city.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Neuschweinsteinstrasse 20, 87645, Schwangau, Germany.
Hotel Schlosskrone, Prinzregentenplatz 4, 87629, Fussen, Germany.
Tel. 08362 930180
Hotel Luitpoldpark, Bahnofstrasse1-3, 87629, Fussen, Germany.
Tel. 08362 9040
Novotel Wuerzburg, Eichstrasse 2, 97070, Wuerzburg, Germany.
Tel. 49 931 30540
WITH FIDO A INNSBRUCK: THE QUEEN OF THE NEVI
Nestled on the banks of the Inn and surrounded by the Tyrolean mountains, Innsbruck with its modern lifts, can boast of being the capital of Alpine skiing.
To enjoy breathtaking landscapes, such as the panoramic Karwendel shelf, you can easily get to the old town with the NORDKETTE funicular, reaching the top of the Hafelekar at 2,256 meters above sea level. Our four-legged friend on the way should be muzzled .
To the south of the city, on the “little mountain” of the Bergisel, stands the gigantic trampoline used in the Olympics of 1864 and 1976.
Every year Innsbruck does not only attract thousands of tourists who are passionate about skiing but also the lovers of trekking . In all seasons you can practice trails with various levels of difficulty, among the most famous the Berliner Hoheweg, which crosses the Zillertal Alps and the Stubaier Hohenweg at 2000 meters above sea level in the Stubai Alps.
A HIGH ALTITUDE ZOO
An unforgettable experience is to visit the ALPENZOO, built in 1962, it is situated on the slopes of the Nordkette at an altitude of 750 meters. As early as the sixteenth century, Archduke Ferdinand II established a small zoo up here. Renewed and expanded over the years, it hosts 2,000 animals belonging to 150 different species.
Here the lynx and otter have been reintroduced with animals such as the European bison, the elk and the beaver. Observatories without bars and belvedere allow fans to take pictures and appreciate truly unique scenarios. Open every day of the year, admission to dogs is not allowed because they could provoke with their presence reactions of wild animals, which populate this beautiful zoo.
Just 20 km away from the city, not to foreclose the visit of museums and places where our four-legged friend can not accompany us, you can stay in the HOTEL SPA KLOSTERBRAU, Klosterstrasse 30 in Seefeld.
The Hotel offers a dog sitting service and on request there are rooms with garden . Dogs are allowed in the restaurant and the rooms are equipped with every comfort for Fido: bowls, porridge, kennel and towels for your well-being.
On holiday in Innsbruck we can admire the beauty of the historic buildings that are reflected on the river Inn, make beautiful walks surrounded by the imposing and silent nature of the mountains and take it to ski: in Leutasch there is a ski slope for dogs.
Lovers of contemporary art and history, walking in the historical center of the city, will be kidnapped by the young and dynamic atmosphere evoked by the modern works of Tyrolean and international architects, who coexist with the extraordinary testimonies of its important past. In every corner the monuments, the palaces with the arcades of the old city, the fountains and the buildings refer to the splendor of the Ancient Holy Roman Empire.
Innsbruck was the last home of Maximilian I of Hapsburg who reigned from 1493 to 1519. Majestic for its architecture is the St. Jakob’s Cathedral and famous for its elegant style is Goldenes Dachl : the balcony with a golden roof that for centuries has been the emblem of the city.
Symbol of the complex and rich history of Innsbruck is certainly the funerary monument of Maximilian I that rises inside the Hofkirche, built by his nephew Ferdinand I. The 28 iron statues that surround the statue of the kneeling king represent characters like King Arthur, the king of the Goths Theodoric and that of the Franks Clovis. On the other hand, the main street Marie-Theresen is a succession of shops, trendy bars, cafés and a variety of restaurants. Alongside the traditional Tyrolean gastronomic offer you can taste Viennese, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. As in all of Austria, most of the accommodation facilities are pet-friendly and it is possible to explore the city in the company of our four-legged friend. With the INNSBRUCK CARD you can travel on public transport with a dog with a muzzle. This card can be purchased for 24, 48 or 72 hours and includes free admission to many museums or discounts to visit the main attractions of the city.
Going with Fido on holiday in Innsbruck in December offers the opportunity to experience the city in the blaze of typical Christmas scents and colors, visiting the markets that remain set up until 6 January. At the foot of the “Tettuccio della città”, on the scenic terrace of the Hungerburg, you can visit a small market and enjoy the view of an unusual Innsbruck: the spiers of the bell towers that rise in the sky and the buildings decorated with lights and decorations that evoke the magic of Christmas. In Wiltener Platz stands are set up every afternoon except Sunday. In the historic center, the protagonist is the Advent market with the carousel of horses, the puppet theater and the time of fairy tales for the joy of children. To close the doors will be the stalls along Marie-Theresien-Strasse with the splendid Christmas Tree adorned with thousands of Swarovsky crystals. On the third Sunday of Advent, the street of the center sees the procession of the Child Jesus parading accompanied by a host of Angels and shepherds. The historic center of Innsbruck also attracts many tourists for the New Year celebrations that you can expect with live music and tasting the Tyrolean specialties.
HOW TO GET:
Innsbruck is easily reached by motorway from Bolzano via the Brenner Pass. For this stretch you pay a toll on the spot while to continue you need the prepaid VIGNETTE that allows transit on Austrian motorways.
WHERE TO SLEEP:
Chalet Gramart is located 6 km from the center and 2 km from the ski slopes.
Valid alternative to hotel stay for those who love peace and quiet. Located at the edge of a forest, the chalet has four beds and a garden. The Natterer See lake is about 14 km away and you can go hiking on the Alpenpark Karwendel trails.
Reservations and availability via toll-free number 80098943 or Homeway online agency.
Reachable on foot from the city center is:
the Hotel Tautermann in Stamserfeld 5, Innsbruck.
Tel. 0043 512 281572
Best Western Plus – Hotel Restaurant Goldener Adler in Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse 6, Innsbruck.
Tel. 0043 512 5711110
TIERARZT MAG DR STEPHAN , Defreggerstrasse 8, Innsbruck.
Tel. 0043 512 344421
LAKE GARDA: FUN, CULTURE, NATURE AND MUCH MORE
The Garda lake thanks to its mild climate has always been a holiday destination. Easily reachable from Milan (less than 2 hours by car) it allows you to visit in the company of our dog beautiful places that wind in a succession of inlets, banks, villages and castles framed by the green moraine hills.
Do not miss the walk in freedom on the bike path along the lake that starts from Desenzano through Padenghe, Moniga, San Felice and Salò (44 KM) connecting the coastal towns with those hills and giving glimpses of breathtaking views.
To savor the goodness of the territory, in addition to the Garda DOP Oil, wine lovers can make food and wine tours by visiting the numerous wineries producing the GROPPELLO, CHIARETTO or LUGANA.
Multiple and for all budgets are the accommodation and catering facilities as well as the equipped beaches that allow you to have fun and be greeted with great joy with our friend Fido.
Lake Garda is also culture
Listed among the “Top Ten” is GARDONE, extraordinary town that with the “Vittoriale”, commissioned by Gabriele d’Annunzio as his home, is a monumental complex unique in the world. Rich in works of art, it is immersed in parks and gardens that offer visitors evocative itineraries.
Also in Gardone, with well-behaved dogs , you can access and visit the Heller Park created by Dr. Arturo Hruska. He wanted to realize a dream, made possible only in the microclimate of Gardone Riviera: to unite in a single garden the alpine flora with the tropical one.
From the top of the alpine flora we descend among cascades, streams, ponds next to swampy areas of the tropics, to then reach the rare exotic plants of the sub-tropical zone.
The excursions that can be carried out in the Alto Garda Park are within everyone’s reach, as there are various levels of difficulty. The paths have as common denominator miles of green, immersed in a truly unique context for the peace and tranquility that there is breathed.
North of the lake, from MALCESINE, you can even reach the Dolomites with the cableway and then, with our four-legged friend, make breathtaking excursions for a snack on the grass.
Malcesine is also one of the most appreciated holiday centers for its mild climate all year round which allows magnificent walks with Fido in the hills, among olive groves and gardens with a typical Mediterranean vegetation.
The less sporty will be satisfied in visiting the beautiful city of VERONA, where more than 400 years ago lived the young heroes of Shakespeare Juliet and Romeo, or Treviso not by chance called the “little Venice” because rich of channels, elegant and cheerful.
The pearl of Lake Garda remains Sirmione : spa resort and holiday resort was one of the oldest Roman settlements.
Deserve: the boat trip to enjoy an unusual perspective of the town and a stop at the Caffè Grande Italia in Piazza Carducci, the living room par excellence of the peninsula.
Sirmione is famous not only for its spa facilities but also for the Grotte di Catullo , improperly called because it is actually the magnificent remains of a Roman villa of the early imperial period, reachable by a short walk ( about 15 minutes) between a lush vegetation of lemon trees, oleanders and palms.
A.P.T. Lake Garda
Tel. 045 6270384
Tel. 0365 20130
Lake Garda navigation
Tel. 030 9149511
Consorzio Olivicoltori Malcesine, since 1946.
Open all the year
Lake Garda is a great destination for a holiday with Fido: there are many activities that can be done outdoors thanks to the facilities and the increasingly “pet-friendly” beaches.
Some BEACHES where our FOUR-PAINTED FRIENDS are welcome:
In Sirmione access is allowed on a leash except in the equipped areas in the presence of an explicit ban. WHERE TO SLEEP Agriturismo San Maggiore, via San Maggiore 46, Malcesine – VR
Tel / Fax 045 7401704. Pets allowedCamping Claudia, via Gardesana 394, Loc. Campagnola, Malcesine – VR
Tel / Fax 045 7400786. Pets allowed.Agriturismo La Filanda, via del Melograno 35, Manerba del Garda BS
Tel 0365 551012 Cell. 389 8732156. Pets allowed.
Del Garda Village and Camping, via Marzan, Peschiera del Garda, VR
Tel 045 7553489. Pets allowed.
La Rocca mobile homes, camping and apartments, Loc. San Pietro, Bardolino VR
Tel 045 7211111. Pets allowed.
Locanda San Vigilio, Loc. San Vigilio, Garda, VR
Tel. 045 7256688. Pets allowed.
Fertonani Dott. Massimo
Vicolo Mazzetta 6, Malcesine VR
Tel. 045 7401288
Benini Dott. Elio
Viali Pilati 7, Riva del Garda TN
Tel. 0464 557062
Veterinary Clinic Gardavet Di Boldini Severino & amp; C. Sas
Via Francesco Agello 70, Desenzano del Garda, BS
Tel. 030 9901570
WALKING WITH FIDO TO DISCOVERING THE LANGHE
In full autumnal atmosphere to give unforgettable moments in the company of Fido in the nature, the ideal destination is among the vineyards of the rolling hills of the Langhe. A few hours drive from the big cities of Turin, Genoa and Milan you reach a famous context not only for wine and good food but also for the history that these villages tell through their magnificent castles, which stand as guardians of a wonderful landscape.
Alba is defined as “the hilly capital of the Langhe” and in its own right this area of the Low Piedmont is awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To make it famous is the production of white truffle, wine and the Ferrero confectionery group, which has its own headquarters in the municipality.
Alba is also renowned for its ancient Roman city origins.
Alba Pompeia, which was one of the most fervid and populated centers in the area in the past. Archaeological excavations have uncovered parts of the fortified gate and remains of buildings with marble and mosaics. It was once known as the “city of one hundred towers”, built not only to symbolize the prestige of the various aristocratic families that succeeded one another, but also for the purpose of defense or storage of agricultural products. Today you can admire the “Forum Albese”, the Baroque Church of San Giovanni Battista and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo (Duomo of Alba of the twelfth century) which houses the underground museum and an organ carved in wood made in 1512 by Bernardino Fossati. Artistically very important is the Gothic church of San Domenico of the fourteenth century which is striking for its majestic wooden portal, for a polygonal apse and for the renaissance frescoes.
During the two Napoleonic wars it was used as a stable to be rededicated in 1827.
In Alba and its environs are produced in 290 wineries in an area of about 700 hectares, very well known wines:
DOC: Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo
DOCG: Barbaresco, Barolo, Moscato
Alba is also synonymous with truffle , in fact the INTERNATIONAL WHITE TRUFFLE FAIR takes place from October 8th to November 27th (Saturday and Sunday) which attracts thousands of tourists and admirers from all over the world. .
A few minutes drive from the historic center of Alba, in the heart of the Nebbiolo vineyards, stands the CASTLE OF GRINZANE CAVOUR.
One of the most famous symbols of the Langhe is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and its origins date back to the first half of the eleventh century to be later expanded, giving it the imposing current structure.
Historic residence of the Marquesses of Busca followed by the Dukes of Clermont-de-Tonnerre and the uncles of the famous statesman Camillo Conte di Cavour, mayor of the town from 1832 to 1849.
THE WINE ROUTE
Barolo, La Morra, Novello, Roddino, Castiglione Falletto, Canelli
The area of the Langhe is visited every year by about 40,000 tourists and those who discover it are growing in the company of the four-legged friend for the many “pet friendly” structures born in recent years.
Walking in the autumn in the Langhe is a relaxing break from the chaos of the city and the frenzy of everyday life to enjoy not only beautiful landscapes but the medieval history that transpires in these villages perched.
The Municipality of Barolo takes its name from the homonymous wine produced here. Located on a plateau surrounded by hills, its Castle is one of the many testimonies of medieval history and culture.
In the Langhe, naturally, the wine bars and the cellars are the protagonists that follow each side of the main street, for wine tasting. Inside the castle, the Wine Museum has been opened since 2010. Through a multisensory and active path it tells the extraordinary story of these hills and the excellence of their wines.
The first fortification of the castle dates back to the 10th century and in 1250 the property was acquired by the Falletti family. In the nineteenth century it was used as a country residence and the writer Silvio Pellico was often hosted by the Marquises Falletti to whom he linked a relationship of both friendship and professional, being the curator of the family Library.
Another authentic jewel of this area is the village of la Morra with its “Cappella del Barolo”. From Piazza Panoramica it is possible to walk on foot with Fido paths through the vineyards and comfortably reach the other small towns that offer tastings and tastings of local products. For the more romantic you can reach the top of the Colle del Monfalletto to admire one of the famous natural monuments of the Langhe: the Cedro del Libano that was planted in 1856 in memory of the marriage between Costanzo Falletti di Rodello and Eulalia of the Church of Cervignasco.
Novello is a village of an ancient fiefdom of the Carretto family who built a destroyed castle on the fortress, in 1437, by the Spaniards. At the entrance to the historic center, the only evidence of the medieval manor is the ancient square tower originally built along the defensive ramparts, now replaced by the Castle in the nineteenth-century architectural style of the architect Schellino di Dogliani.
At the edge of the South-Western Langa at about 610 meters above sea level rises the village of Roddino whose Castle was completely destroyed during the Civil Wars between the Savoy Family and the Marquisate of Saluzzo, owners of the feud since 1197. Today you can admire the Parish Church of Santa Margherita which dates back to the twelfth century and was initially built near the Castle at the behest of the Marquis of Saluzzo as an oratory and later transformed into a church at the beginning of the fifteenth century. In the direction of Cerretto Langhe a few kilometers away you can stop at Pedaggera, a place whose name evokes the ancient function of “customs” because it is a transit area between the different Marquisates and where the goods were subject to payment of the duty.
Castiglione Falletto with its Castle, built in 1225 and the powerful Towers, testifies once again the medieval atmosphere that you breathe in these places. Bertoldo Falletti built it in exchange for some military services and received a feud from the Marquis of Saluzzo as a gift. Owners of the fortress until the end of the seventeenth century the Falletti family followed the Caramelli, Clarotto and Vassallo of Dogliano and the architectural structure reveals the various changes that each family decided to make.
The imposing structure of the two circular towers and the central keep points back to the ancient battles fought by these families for the supremacy and control of these hills.
Walking with our four-legged friend in the autumn in the Langhe allows us to enjoy the most characteristic colors and flavors of nature allowing us a break of pure relax in these hills where you can breathe the medieval atmosphere of the its castles and the scent and aroma of wines exported all over the world.
The excellence of these wines can be discovered by visiting the numerous wineries that follow each other in this wonderful land, managed from generation to generation by the families of winemakers.
Like a casket hidden beneath these rolling hills, there are veritable “wine galleries”.
Cathedrals like those of Canelli built between 1860 and 1890 and excavated at about 40 meters below the tufa ground, also declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Colors and flavors of a nature whose fruits are the result of the “made in Italy” excellence of an art and passion handed down over time and where even today wines and sparkling wines are refined. White Moscato is the second most cultivated variety in the region on 53 municipalities distributed in the provinces of Cuneo, Asti and Alessandria.
This is the Langa of Cesare Pavese and the village that gave birth to the writer is Santo Stefano Belbo. Here and in its surroundings you can admire many of the places mentioned in his novels such as the Gaminella hill and that of Moncucco. In Mango stands the massive Castello dei Busca, today the headquarters of the Moscato Regional Enoteca.
In the square the monument “Al Cane” by the sculptor Spinoglio who dedicated the statue to his faithful friend truffle troubadour.
WHERE TO SLEEP
AGRITURISMO DUE CIANCE, Località Corini 13, Novello CN
Telephone 0173 731261/744949
STRAVITICOLTORI WITH FORESTERIA, Loc. Ciocchini 5, Novello CN
Telephone 0173 731214
BRANDINI AGRICULTURAL COMPANY, Borgata Brandini 16, the CN Morra
Telephone 0173 50266
BORGO DI LERMA-CASTELLO, Monastero Bormida, AT
HOTEL SAN LORENZO IN ALBA, Piazza Rossetti 6, Alba CN
Telephone 0173 362406
ALBESE CLINIC FOR PETS
Dr. Diale and Dot.ssa Currado, via Vivaro 25, Alba CN
Telephone 0173 35122
Via dei Lerda 16, Cuneo CN
Open 24 hours a day
Telephone 328 2795494
NATURAL PARK OF ROCCHETTA TANARO
Considered the “green lung” of the province of Asti it is possible to go along with our friend Fido of the beautiful walks in the middle of nature. Various types of trails with varying degrees of difficulty allow “six-legged tourists” to enjoy in peace the wonderful places and emotions that this area of the Langhe is able to give.
Usually all the Parks to protect the wildlife and the safety of Fido impose the conduction of the dog on a leash .
There are different regulations, which change rapidly, about the introduction of dogs following the hikers inside the Parks. You can consult the official website where you can get advice on avere consigli su come evitare di incorrere in sanzioni o come ci si deve comportare in caso di incontri con animali selvatici o cani da guardia del gregge.
CANTINE LUNGO L’ITINERARIO
DROCCO LUIGI az. Agricola, Strada Sottoripa 90, Alba CN, via Alba-Barolo17 Castiglione Falletto CN.
CASCINA DEL MONASTERO, Frazione Annunziata, Cascina Luciani 112a, la Morra CN, via le Strette1/F int. 1, Novello CN
CIABOT BRETON, Frazione Santa Maria 1, la Morra CN
L’ILLUMINATA Tenuta in Località S. Anna 30, la Morra CN
STRA VITICOLTORI CON FORESTERIA, Località Ciocchini 5, Novello CN
GIAMPIERO MARRONE az. Agricola, Frazione S. Annunziata13, la Morra Cn
CASCINA MUCCI DI BION ALEXANDER, Loc. Mucci 2, Roddino CN
ENOTECA REGIONALE PIEMONTESE CAVOUR via Castello 5, Grinzane Cavour CN
CANTINA COMUNALE DI CASTIGLIONE FALLETTO via Cavour 24, Castoglione Falletto
IN PROVENCE WITH FIDO BETWEEN HISTORIC VILLAGES AND LAVENDER FIELDS
HOW TO GET:
In France the highways are marked by blue signs and the state by green signs (the opposite of Italy). From MILAN to NICE (315 km), take the Autostrada dei Fiori motorway A-10 to Ventimiglia, a national border municipality.
In French territory the motorway from Nice A8 follows the coast up to Cannes and
Aix-en-Provence. From the A8 branches off the A57 to Toulon and from there the A50 reaches Marseille. From Marseille the A7 leads to Avignon (UNESCO heritage city) and into the Drome, the A51 to Aix-en Provence and to the Verdon.
You can also reach Upper Provence from TURIN with the A32 along the Val di Susa, descending to Briancon crossing the Colle del Monginevro and going along the N94 until you reach the A51 for Aix-en-Provence.
From MILAN for the Provençal Drome from the Val di Susa you climb along the A43, then take the A41 to Grenoble, you reach Valence with the A49 and then the A7 to the south.
The motorway is very busy in the summer months and the journey may take longer than expected. Along the French motorway network, there are many green parking areas equipped with dog sledding areas.
Between the end of June and mid-August, Provence is an irresistible destination for the flowering of lavender , portrayed more than a century ago by the great Impressionist painters. Cities like Avignon famous for the Papal Palaces and UNESCO heritage, Camargue, Vauclouse, the Abbey of Senanque Alpilles and Roussillon are just some of the best known places but the charm of this area of France is noticeable in all the villages that dot it .
In the heart of Haute-Provence, within the largest Geological Nature Reserve in Europe, is the spa of DIGNE-LE-BAINS named CAPITAL OF LAVENDER.
An ideal destination for a short holiday with our four-legged friend, located 600 meters above sea level, allows long walks suitable for everyone among the purple expanses of lavender fields, enveloped by its overwhelming fragrance. The surroundings of this wonderful village are characterized by rows of olive trees in a still wild and untouched nature. You can admire gorges, plateaus and the massifs even reach 3000 meters in height!
DIGNE-LES-BAINS is located on one of the LAVANDA ROADS, the one that from the High Provence goes to the spectacular Verdon .
The town is also home to the “BAG OF LAVANDA” and an important event that has been celebrated for 69 years at the end of July and the first days of August: THE CORSO DELLA LAVANDA sees the village center as “dressed in flowers” . During this event you can attend concerts, fireworks and parades of floral wagons that take place throughout the party. Day and night, folklore shows take place, the internationally renowned “marching band”, the amusement park for the little ones and the lavender producers market.
This quiet French resort turns into a real blaze of colors and fragrances (from August 20th to 24th), which sees lavender once again as a protagonist, with FOIRE DE LAVANDE. This beautiful event is celebrating 95 years and with more than 200 stalls is an opportunity to get to know and appreciate the exhibitors’ products. You can also take part in sensory workshops , exhibitions and walks organized by the Tourist Office to witness the collection of this beautiful flower.
The TRAIN DES PIGNES leaves from Digne-les-Bains. It is a small train that crosses incredible views of sea and mountains to Nice.
It is possible to travel with Fido on board keeping in mind that the route is 151 km long and that it lasts 3 hours and a half providing different stops. You can easily choose to travel only partially dedicating time to visit one of the characteristic villages along the way. The train goes up to 1000 meters of altitude, through viaducts, tunnels and 15 iron bridges! A journey that will certainly excite children too.
In the company of our four-legged friend we can walk in the old town of Digne-les-Bains: the beautiful Cathedral, the Belvedere and the Jardin des Cordiliers with more than 600 species of aromatic and medicinal plants are just some of the attractions of this beautiful village .
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, on the other hand, from 8 am to 1 pm, in the Piazza Général de Gaulle a typical French market with artisans, local producers and various artists takes place. Do not miss a visit to one of the most famous companies in the area that produce perfumes based on lavender: NICOLOSI. In the center of the village there is a boutique, in AIGLUN you can visit, for free and accompanied by a guide, the production plants and ateliers.
After booking at tel. +33 (0) 492344894 the visit lasts about 1 hour in English and French.
The DISTILLERIE DU SIRON in Thoard is a family run organic business that organizes guided tours all year round by booking on +33 (0) 625126717.
HOTEL (Pets allowed)
Le Grand Paris , 19 Boulevard Thiers 04000 Digne-les-Bains
+33 (4) 92311115
Villa Gaia , 24 Route de Nice 04000 Digne-les-Bains
+33 (4) 92312160
Camping des Faux Chaudes , Route des Thermes 04000 Digne-les-Bains
+33 (4) 92323104
Cabinet Vétérinarie de la Siagne, 22 Rue de la Republique Saint-Cezaire-sur-Saigne
+33 (4) 93365059
Champion Jean-Luc, the Hopital 04700 Lur
+33 (4) 92744204
Digne-les-Bains et du Pays Tourist Office Dignois, Place du Tampinet
+33 (4) 92366262
LA ROUTE NAPOLEON, national road N85, in the Department of Haute Provence, for 325 kilometers crosses beautiful landscapes connecting the coast from Antibes to Grenoble. Considered one of the most beautiful roads in Europe, loved especially by motorcyclists for the alternation of hairpin bends and curves, it owes its name to the fact that Napoleon Bonaparte traveled it from 1 to 7 March 1815 returning from exile from the island Elba.
The itinerary winds through very different naturalistic landscapes, among the olive groves of the coast, the lavender fields and the gorges of mountain passes to discover ancient villages where life still flows slowly.
Genoa – Nice – Cannes (195km) to enjoy the beach for a nice dive with Fido.
Cannes – Golfe Juan – Grasse – Castellane – Digne Les Bains (133km) you can stop in the perfume capital of the world at Grasse, on the banks of the Verdon river in Castellane and reach the provincial capital of Haute-Provence Digne Les Bains to relax strolling through the lavender fields.
Digne – Sisteron – Gap – Grenoble to visit the medieval village of Sisteron defined by the French as the Natural Door of Haute Provence, a pearl 485 meters high that marks the border between the Alps and the sea.
At Gap, Napoleon finally reached the Alps where he challenged the enemy army and the soldiers, despite the order to shoot, laid down their arms. In Laffrey you can admire the statue that recalls the event.
The last part of the road leads to the confluence of the two rivers Isère and Drac to Grenoble where Napoleon arrived on 7 March 1815 acclaimed by the crowds because he had returned to being the emperor of France.
LA ROUTE DES VINS DE PROVENCE offers the possibility to combine an itinerary between art and good wine. Crossing a vast territory, medieval villages alternate between the expanses of lavender and the hills cultivated with vines. The land, enjoying different microclimates, give as many wines with different characteristics: over 430 cellars produce about 75% rosè, 20% red and 5% white. For example, the Chateau Font du Broc produces one of the finest Provençal red wines. Open all year round organizes guided tours and tastings.
An itinerary to discover ANCIENT MONASTERIES BETWEEN THE LAVENDER FIELDS is ideal for lovers of silence and slower rhythms. Visit the numerous Abbeys, some of which are still inhabited by the monks, among the woods and the rows of lavender will be an unforgettable experience.
The ABBEY OF SENANQUE or ABBAZIA DI NOSTRA SIGNORA is, perhaps for its position literally immersed in the lavender fields, the most evocative and visited. It is a Cistercian abbey built in the twelfth century, a few kilometers from the town of GORDES in the Department of Vaucluse, where it still hosts a community of monks. The abbey Church, the cloister, the dormitory and the chapter hall, open to the visit, are a true hymn to Romanesque architecture.
Lavender that grows in the surrounding fields is sold by the monks in the form of essential oils and cosmetics. To visit the Abbey you will have to organize shifts or arrange sheltered from the sun for our four-legged friend because they will have to wait outside.
SILVACANE ABBEY is the oldest of all the Provençal abbeys, also an example of Cistercian art in La Roque – d’Antheron.
THE ABBEY OF THORONET, founded in 1160 is halfway between Cannes and Aix-en Provence: no longer inhabited by the Benedictine monks, it preserves the memories of stone that has been the life of the communities throughout the centuries.
Provence pedaling with Fido is an itinerary suitable for sport lovers. If we are lucky enough to have the possibility that our four-legged friend likes to accompany us on bike rides, enjoy good health and be fit, cycling through the rows of lavender will be a hoot!
IN THE PARK OF LUBERON between lavender fields and vineyards it is possible to follow well-kept roads and cycle paths that satisfy both seals that meet both the expectations of the amateur cyclist and the trained cyclist.
The TOUR DU LUBERON, for example, is a circuit practiced by professionals who can pedal for a good 260 kilometers. The circuit, between an alternation of climbs and descents that are never too long that allow you to continuously change the pace in a postcard landscape, will allow us to have fun with our dog.
Although it is close to the coast, it is a more challenging bike route, with 94 kilometers to 870 meters in altitude: it starts from Saint Tropez to get to Le Lavandou and back. The recommended stops are Ramatuelle, La Crox-Valmer and then return to the sea in Cavalaire-sur-Mer from where you follow the coast to Le Lavandou. From Lavandou, if you want, you can go back to the interior up to Bormes-Les-Mimosas and after various salts and descents go through La Mole and then “plan” back to Saint Tropez.
HOTEL (Pets allowed)
Le Mas de Gordes, Route de Cavaillon, 84220 GORDES, Tel. + 33 49 0720075
The Jas de Joucas La Pinede, Route de Murs, 84220 GORDES Tel. + 33 49 0057854
Le Grand Pavois Hotel, Avenue des Trois Dauphins Aigubelle Plage, 83980 LE LAVANDOU
Tel. + 33 49 8043500
Hotel Mediterranee, Plage de Saint Clair, 83980 LE LAVANDOU
Tel. +33 49 4014770
Not far from Gordes:
Van Den Plas Marianne, 423 Route de Saint-Martin, 13480 CABRIES.
Tel. +33 4 42 22 03 33
IN SWITZERLAND TO THE DISCOVERY OF LUCERNA
An ideal destination to celebrate the arrival of spring is Lucerne , the most important city in Central Switzerland. Easily accessible by car along the A2 / A4 motorway it extends to the outlet of Lake Quattro Cantoni.
For the beauty of its surroundings and the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhom Mountains, which surround it like a hug, Lucerne is considered an unmissable destination for those wishing to visit the Helvetic Confederation .
The city embodies all that Switzerland evokes: art, culture, nature, ancient and modern, giving the visitor breathtaking landscapes .
Itineraries in the open air and for museums with friend Fido:
The historic center of Lucerne can be easily visited on foot as its surroundings thanks to the efficiency of local public transport, which in addition to being very characteristic are also comfortable and punctual. In fact, our four-legged friends are welcome on any vehicle (train, bus or boat) and can travel without limits of distance or class. For example, you can take advantage of the DAILY CARD FOR DOGS available at the price of CHF 35 ideal if you spend only one weekend while for longer stays is on sale the general season ticket for dogs at 780 CHF. Small pets travel for FREE when transported with special bags or carriers, the only limit is that they must be with a shoulder height of up to 30 centimeters.
Strolling in the historic center of Lucerne is a continuous alternation of small squares, baroque fountains, old craft shops, inns and elegant palaces. From the café terraces along the Reuss, the river that runs through the city, you can enjoy postcard views.
In Lucerne a wonderful park is accessible to the dogs where they can run freely and want to cool off in the lake.
Dogs are not allowed at the Transport Museum, but there are boxes where you can leave them while the owners visit. With more than 3,000 objects and various attractions in the transport field, such as a scale reproduction of a steam locomotive, it is the most visited museum in all of Switzerland.
To visit all the museums of the city with discounts and special rates it is recommended to purchase the MUSEUM OF LUCERNA CARD.
The whole region is wonderful for a holiday with Fido: the green spaces at their disposal are well equipped and everywhere there are free dispensers of toilet bags. Just one hour’s drive from Lucerne you can reach Interlaken where you can make beautiful walks along the river or in the gardens full of fountains and flowers.
About 7 km from Interlaken worth a visit Le Grotte del Beato where you arrive by bus, free for dogs, or by boat. Dogs can be led inside during the guided tour or they are given the opportunity to use the kennels with water outside.
Dogs are not allowed to visit the beautiful Mystery Park amusement park (Parco dei Misteri). Although there are some cages outside it is advisable to leave the dog in the hotel or at a dog-sitting facility as the visit of the park requires 3 to 4 hours.
Where to stay in Interlaken
Landhotel Golf, Seestrasse / Lehnweg 31, 3800 Interlaken, Unterseen
Tel. +41 33 821 00 70
Pets allowed with supplement
In Lucerne the Gletschergarten (Garden of the Glaciers) is located in Denkmalstrasse 4. It is a rock formation with 30 huge glacial pots which were formed by the millennial action of the water and pebbles of a moving glacier. Discovered in 1872 by Amrein-Troller during the renovation of the land.
Lucerna is represented in the annexed museum during the ice age, a labyrinth of mirrors and a tower from which you can enjoy a nice view of the city and the mountains that surround it.
Not far away, still along the Denkmalstrasse, you can admire the Monument of the Dying Lion, created by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. It represents a lion pierced by a spear to commemorate the sacrifice of the Swiss guards massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution.
The city of Lucerne is particularly linked to the German composer Richard Wagner who from 1866 to 1872 chose to live at the Hotel Schweizerhof where he composed the 3rd act of “Tristan and Isolde”. The museum dedicated to him contains many objects belonging to the musician, from his grand piano to the original scores.
Where to stay in Lucerne:
Hotel Schweizerhof, Schweizerhofquai 3a, 6002 Luzern
Tel. +41 (0) 41 410 0 410
Pets allowed with supplement
The Hotel AG Luzern, Sempacherstrasse 14, 6002 Luzern
Tel. +41 (0) 41 226 86 86
Pets allowed with supplement
Lucerne also contains contemporary design buildings such as the Kunstmuseum , designed by architect Jean Nouvel, which houses the collections of works of art and the world’s most famous concert hall for its perfect acoustics. Within the latter, in fact, the most famous event of the city takes place, the Lucerne Festival which is celebrated three times a year: at Easter with the sacred repertoire, in the summer with the symphonic tradition and in the autumn with piano concerts.
The octagonal Wasserturm (the water tower) and the Kappelbrucke (the Chapel Bridge) are the symbols of the city. The Tower over the centuries has been home to a flea market, a lighthouse, a prison and a treasury.
The Chapel Bridge built in 1330 is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe and houses wooden paintings that tell the local history.
The Palazzo Ritter in the historic center is a typical example of Renaissance architecture. Seat of the Cantonal Government preserves the works of the Lucerne painter Jacob Von Wil.
In the Baroque style it is the Jesuit Church of St. Francis Xavier which was the first sacred building in Switzerland.
The Spreuerbrucke (Bridge of the Mill) was completed in 1408 and from here you can admire the Museggmauer (Mura del Museg) which, 800 meters long, are the best preserved in all of Switzerland. The walls hold another record because in one of the 9 towers that intersperse it is the oldest watch of the Helvetic Confederation.
Nestled between lakes and hills, about an hour’s drive from Lucerne, the Eisendeln Abbey rises in Baroque style, which also boasts a record: a destination for pilgrimages for over 1000 years inside of its library the oldest document of western music, a gradual of 960/70.
Also the village of Eisendeln holds record numbers with the largest Crib in the World and the Panorama of the Crucifixion of Christ (painted 100 meters long and 10 high) of 1883 and rebuilt in 1960 following a fire.
Veterinary Clinic Kleintierpraxis Lowenplatz Gmbh Zurichstrasse 14, 6004 Luzern Tel. +41 41 410 60 90
TRENTINO – ALTO ADIGE WITH FIDO
The Ledro Valley – Trento – Bolzano – San Candido
To have fun immersed in the snowy landscape of the Dolomites between culture and nature with our four-legged friend.
Valle di Ledro
Valle di Ledro, with its bathing lake just 12 kilometers from the more crowded “big brother” Lake Garda, offers an interesting alternative to those who want to immerse themselves in nature in less crowded places but certainly of equal beauty and charm.
How to get there:
200 km from Milan
80 km from Brescia
90 km from Verona
Coming from Milan A4 motorway exit Brescia Est continue following signs for Madonna di Campiglio / Val Sabbia and in Storo continue to Val di Ledro.
Coming from Verona Take the A22 Autostrada del Brennero motorway to the Rovereto Sud exit and take the Garda state road to Riva del Garda and through the tunnel to Val di Ledro. Events
The plunge of the blackbird : every year the most daring dives in the waters of Lake Ledro during “the days of the blackbird” known as the coldest of the year. Befane from the sky : at Epiphany a group of Befane in flight comes from the sky not on the back of the usual flying brooms but hanging from colorful paragliders to bring sweets or coal to all children. Typical products
Tremalzo caciottta, a cheese made from the milk of cows that graze on high altitude fields.
Potato polenta, in which the polenta is mixed with cheese, butter and flour (white and buckwheat) and served with salami.
Boemi dumplings, savory are served with the goulash or cakes filled with a prune covered with butter and cinnamon.
You can walk along Lake Ledro from any point you want to leave: to the east the beach of Molina di Ledro, to the north that of Mezzolago with a nice lawn equipped with tables with benches for summer and winter picnics and a floating pier , to the west the beach of Pieve di Ledro with bars restaurants and supermarkets and finally to the south the beach of Pur that during the summer is equipped to accommodate our four-legged friends while in the woods there is a path that allows you to visit a real and its “open-air museum” of works of art made mainly of wood that are renewed every year.
Trento and Bressanone
Itinerary on foot :
The center of Trento is made up of splendid Renaissance palaces that invite you to contemplate the frescoed stories of mythological figures, emperors and princes who held the fortunes of the city for centuries. To visit the center even without the help of a map, just take Via Manci, leaving behind the Romanesque Cathedral, then following via San Pietro, via Oriola and via Oss Mazzurana.
This is how you find yourself in the German district where you can taste the delicacies of Mitteleuropean cuisine and pastry such as apple strudel and cream cakes (Pasticceria Bertelli, via Oriola 29) or the typical Christmas dessert the Zelten (Pasticceria Pupp, via Mercato Vecchio 37).
The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and San Cassiano, the Parish Church of San Michele and the Town Hall as well as the Palazzo Vescovile make Trento an open-air city museum.
(Duration one day)
Christmas market open from 29 November to 6 January, on weekdays from 10.00 to 19.30 while on Sundays and holidays from 9.30 to 19.00.
Closed on Christmas Day and New Year, ranked by CNN in 2011 in ninth place among the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world.
To admire the city from above and discover that the city of Trento has the shape of a heart, all of spiers and golden domes, you can take the cableway that crosses the Adige from the bridge of San Lorenzo and climbs for 400m to to the panoramic balcony set on the slopes of Monte Bondone.
(Duration about 3 hours and well behaved dogs with a muzzle)
On the three Saturdays before Christmas a guided excursion is organized, departing from the cableway gondola at 15.00 and returning at 7.00 pm for the Alta Via di Betlemme. Along the way it is always possible to admire the Dolomites. The walk is animated by Christmas figures and music, you reach a cabin where you can relax in the warm sipping of vin bruleè.
For owners of the Brixen Card, which is issued if you are staying in participating accommodation facilities, the excursion is free.
(Duration about 30 min)
Tourist Consortium: Valle Isarco, Bastioni Maggiori 28, tel. 0472-802232.
Veterinary Clinic: Dr. Franz Hansjorg, via dei Vigneti 2, tel. 0472-830952.
Opening hours: 9.00-12.00 / 16.00-18.30
Where to stay
Camping Leone, via Brennero 60, Varne.
Parking spaces also for campers and open from November 30th to January 6th.
Grand Hotel Trento, Piazza Dante 20
Pets allowed on request, no surcharge.
Hotel Jarolim, Bahnofplatz 1, 39042 Bressanone.
Near the station at 10 min. from the centre.
Pets allowed without supplement.
Biogasthaus Plonerhof, Gereuth 44, 39042 to 7 km from Bressanone.
Pets allowed on request, a supplement may be requested.
Farm and green areas 25 meters away.
The heart of the city of Bolzano, from Advent until 6 January, turns into a sort of outdoor laboratory surrounded by the magical atmosphere of Christmas where craftsmen give life to their works and exhibitors offer traditional specialties.
The greedy temptations are not lacking strolling through the historical center, theater of porticoes and squares:
Caffè Streitberger, in via Museo 15, has been stopping for about a century to savor krapfen, buckwheat cakes with fruit, honey bread and the ever-present Sacher Torte .
From the center of Bolzano, Piazza Walther, the cableway that climbs up to 1,221 meters from the Renon plateau. The panorama of the Sciliar alone is worth the excursion but there are also the “Piramidi di Rivellone” of 30 meters formed over the centuries by the moraine debris.
From here starts the itinerary of the path to the Costalovara lake, a blue mirror set in the woods.
(Duration one day, hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am / 6.00pm Sat 8.30am / 12.00pm
Info Tel. 0471-356100)
At the Archaeological Museum of Bolzano you can admire many testimonies of the South Tyrolean area from the Paleolithic to the Early Middle Ages and the famous man from the Otzi ice, better known as the Mummy of Similuan .
Dog Sitter and home board: firstname.lastname@example.org in Bolzano.
Telephone contact to kindly request via e-mail
Veterinary Clinic Historic Center of Bolzano:
Dott.Mulè, Dr. Guerra, Dott.Pazzini Dott.ssa Ghirardini
Via dei Vanga 51 / a, Bolzano. E-mail: email@example.com
Tel. 0471-976158 Cell. 3381461116
Service of availability for the areas of Bolzano, Merano, Brunico and Bressanone:
Via Laura Conti 4, Bolzano. Tel.0471-631204
Tourist Company: Piazza Walther 8, Bolzano. Tel. 0471-307000
Where to stay
Lewald, via Maso della Pieve 17, Bolzano.
Telephone 0471-250330. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dogs allowed, additional request possible.
Park Hotel Luna-Mondschein, via Piave 15, Bolzano
Telephone 0471-975642. email@example.com
Located in the Sesto Dolomites Natural Park, at the foot of Mount Baranci it is an unmissable destination for skiers but also rich in unique architectural beauties such as the Collegiata di San Candido, considered with the annexed monastic complex, the most important Romanesque monument of Eastern Alps.
International Festival Snow Sculptures of San Vigilio and San Candido.
Ice expositions dot the streets of both locations in the most suggestive points.
Illuminate the evening will remain exposed until spring when the snow will melt.
It is possible to admire the realization in San Candido from 13 to 15 January 2016 while in San Vigilio from 18 to 20 January.
For information: Hanna Erharter Tourist Association San Candido Tel.0474-913149
In San Vigilio we still speak the ancient Ladin language and it is a small village nestled in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park from where it is possible to go hiking in the nearby Cima Dieci and Col Becchei, available there are 70 km of trails for hikers.
From the most well-known speck from the South Tyrolean mountain pastures to the tirtlan pusteresi , the pancakes often served with sauerkraut and ricotta; from the niggilan small krapfen of leavened dough to the pustertaler erdapfel potatoes stuffed with butter and cheese.
San Candido Weisssteiner Veterinary Clinic: via Joseph Walther 19, San Candido.
Dr. Alois Furtschegger, phone 0474-916273.
Where to stay
Gadenhof, via Elzenbach 1, San Candido,
tel. 0474-913523 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dogs allowed without supplement
Monte Sella, via Caterina Lanz 7, San Vigilio di Marebbe.
Tel. 0474-501034 email@example.com
Dogs admitted without supplement, open from mid-December to mid-April and from
mid-June to mid-October.
At Biancospino it is also offered a service of personalized education courses with your dog under the guidance of a qualified Il Biancospino instructor , and also a pension service with modern facilities and family treatment .
Those who come on holiday to the Il Biancospino with their friend Fido, can educate and work with him to improve their relationship and training.
The instructor will talk about leadership, socialization and inprinting to help understand the dog’s mind.
Internships and in-depth courses with instructors and instructors, even world-famous, are always on the calendar.
Topics covered: specific training work, psychology and behavior.
In the center there are regular courses of agility, obedience, retriever and puppy class for puppies.
You can also visit the modern and functional WILDHOUSE where the owner Paola Daffunchio , a deep connoisseur of the Samoyed and Golden Retrievers , which for years has been breeding seriously and with passion.
Determined to disclose a healthy and correct culture of dogs, Il Biancospino, as well as being a farm has for years seriously engaged in the field of training, creating training courses at various levels, with a Training School for Educators and Dog Trainers.
WALKING WITH FIDO IN THE VENETIAN CAMPAIGN: THE PALLADIANE VILLAS
The Venetian Villas are absolute masterpieces of art; inserted in the hinterland of Venice, as an extension of the beauty of the Serenissima, constellate the Venetian countryside and those of the provinces of Treviso and Vicenza.
The Villas can be defined as art containers because they contain famous works of the most famous artists of the past and are the emblem of the genius of the illustrious Andrea Palladio, the famous architect of the ‘500 who was commissioned to build most of those present today again.
Planning a trip in the company of Fido in these places we will be surrounded by the colors of autumn and the quiet of the lush and unspoiled Venetian countryside. The Villas are concentrated in the “Riviera del Brenta”, along the navigable canal that from Venice leads to Padua, in the area between Venice and Treviso, the “Terraglio” and along the “Riviera Berica” that from Vicenza leads to Noventa Vicentina, at the foot of the Berici Mountains.
The Villa Veneziana is flanked by the Palladian one in particular in the Alto Vicentino which, with its beautiful hills, is the background to the border between Padua and Treviso. The great master left many signs of his work in the city of Vicenza with the impressive Basilica Palladiana, the Olympic Theater and numerous buildings such as Palazzo Chiericati, Palazzo Barbaran and Da Porto. The renowned Villa Almerico Capra la Rotonda is situated between the Lessini hills and the Monti Berici. However, the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Monte Berico is the watch and represents the city.
VILLA RINALDI-BARNINI loc. Casella d’Asolo, seventeenth century
VILLA CARBONERA DI TREVISO, VALIER-LOREDAN-PEROCCO loc. Vascon XVI century
In Castelfranco Veneto VILLA CORNER-TIEPOLO-CHIMINELLI loc. Sant’Andrea beyond the Muson, 16th century
In Conegliano VILLA GERA, GIUSEPPE JAPELLI, 19th century
A Giavera del Montello VILLA TIRETTA-AGOSTINI, LOC. Colombera Di Lusignana, 15th century
Museum of the Province of Treviso VILLA TAMAGNINI-LATTES, Architect Giorgio Massari, loc. Istrana, XVIII SEC.
Maser, VILLA BARBARO AND MUSEO DELLE CARROZZE, exhibited masterpieces by Palladio.
Morgano BARCHESSA DI VILLA, BADOER-MARCELLO, loc. Badoere, 16th century
Preganiziol VILLA ALBRIZZI-FRANCHETTI, famous for its illustrious guests by Lord Byron, Ugo Foscolo, Antonio Canova. Currently Headquarters of the University Institute of Venice.
San Biagio di Gallata, CASTLE OF LOVARE ‘now VILLA LEZZE, loc. Soprcastello.
San Zenone degli Ezzelini, VILLA DI ROVERO, 17th century
Vedelago, VILLA EMO, Arch. Andrea Palladio with frescoes by Giovan Battista Zelotti, 16th century, loc. Fanzolo.
WITH FIDO DA DO NOT MISS
PARK OF THE STORGA
A beautiful natural oasis framed by the Euganean Hills and the sea, easily reachable by car being at the gates of the city. Particularly beautiful is the passage on the walkway near the springs with trees and plants of various species. The complete tour of the Park is 4km and allows you to immerse yourself in unspoiled nature.
LONG ARGINE OF THE VIGONOVO
Located between Padua and Venice.
The walk near Noventa Padovana towards Stra is about 6km long and runs along the river between the green of rows of fruit trees where our four-legged friend can run and have fun in freedom. Suitable for those who love wild nature.
BORGO DI ARQUA ‘PETRARCH
Reachable following the signs for Monte Fasolo and you can start from the Re del Venda hut.
SENTIERI DEL PASSO FIORINE in oak and chestnut woods.
TOUR OF MONTE FASOLO PET-FRIENDLY
It starts from the Fattoria del Monte Fasolo to make a ring whose path sees alternating the forest and a path through the vineyards for about 4 kilometers.
MOUNTAIN ROUTE OF MADONNA
It starts from the Baita Fiorine, which is also a dog restaurant, and then comes back.
NATURAL OASIS OF ONARA DI TOMBOLO
Located north of Padua you can admire the sources of Tergola with a stream where, during the summer, you can refresh yourself by taking a bath with the dog and there is also the possibility to have lunch “da Giovanni”, a friend of the animals.
OASIS OF PORTO CALERI
In the province of Rovigo, before Rosolina a Mare, a path that leads to the beach.
BOTANICAL PARK OF PORTO CALERI
It skirts the lagoon for about 5 kilometers with the free beach for dogs.
PRUNNO DOG WALKING is a path that connects Roana to Asiago.
In the heart of the Euganean Hills is the village of Arquà Petrarca in the province of Padua that fascinated the famous poet from which it takes its name. His historical and cultural heritage has made him one of the most beautiful villages in Italy where Petrarch spent the last years of his life.
Immersed in the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills, it is worth a visit to the very suggestive natural environment and the works that will transport us in the Middle Ages: stone houses, arches, drinking troughs and wash houses. In the year 1000 it dates back to the Arcipetal Church of Santa Maria Assunta located in the lower part of the village. Walking from Piazza Petrarca, Via Roma, you reach the heart of the village, the Borgo Alto. The Oratorio della SS.Trinità with the Loggia dei Vicari dates back to the 13th century and a long flight of steps leads from the Church’s back to Monte Castello. The old castle no longer exists, leaving room for beautiful green gardens where access is allowed to Fido.
Petrarca recounted the peace and tranquility that this place emanated, referring not only to the quiet of the place but also to the renowned sweet topaz colored liqueur that is served here and paired with chocolate.
The “ broth of jujube ” is obtained from the jujube, trees imported from Syria, from whose twisted and thorny branches the jujubes are born. The harvest of these fruits goes from September to October and are used for the production of jams, syrups or sweets. To pay homage to these fruits, whose trees are present throughout the village, a party is dedicated in the first two weekends of October to delight the sweet tooth.
PARK SIGURTA ‘IN VALEGGIO SUL MINCIO
For an unusual floral experience in Valeggio sul Mincio, in the province of Verona, one of the richest and evocative Botanical Parks of the World is worth visiting: the Sigurtà Park.
The origins of this park date back to 1600. Born as a garden of Villa Maffei, it owes its development and care to how we see it today to Carlo Sigurtà and his nephew Enzo who opened it to the public in the distant 1978.
Winner of “The most beautiful Park in Europe” in 2015 and Italy in 2013. Inside the Park there are more than 1,500 specimens of Taxus Baccata </em> that surround a tower from which you can admire a labyrinth of about 2,500 square meters. Time required for the complete visit of the Park is at most 4 hours. In the months of October and November the entrance is from 9.00 to 17.00 with closing at 18.00.
Since it is forbidden to enter the dogs, for the owners who do not want to give up the visit to the Park, there are two partner pensions active for the four-legged friends:
DOG RESORT 8 kilometers from Peschiera del Garda
THE GUARDIAN OF MURAGLIES 3 kilometers from the park
We recommend that you contact the hotel by phone
Near Treviso you can take a magnificent walk in this village full of history and a beautiful castle where you can relax in the shade of its trees in the company of our four-legged friend. The visit of the village is suitable for all dogs as it has no steep slopes or trails difficult to pass.
The route winds through scenarios of dirt roads along the vineyards of the Veneto countryside and mighty walls and arches that remind us of the medieval past of the village. Access to the walls of the Castle leads to a square where you can refresh yourself after the walk with a beautiful fountain in the middle.
ITINERARY DOG-FRIENDLY AMONG THE VILLAS: MIRANO, STRA, MIRA, VICENZA, ROSOLINA MARE
VILLA PISANI (dogs allowed on a leash)
For its majesty and beauty it is undoubtedly the queen of the Villas of the Riviera. Built in 1721 by Gerolamo Frigimena, Francesco Maria Preti for the Doge Alvise Pisani. He hosted Napoleon Bonaparte in 1807.
Today the National Museum contains the masterpieces of Tiepolo and its large Park is a continuous succession of rose gardens, vast lawns, water features and hedges of boxwood forming a labyrinth.
VILLA FOSCARINI ROSSI
Residence of the Venice Procurator Marco Foscarini, Palladio also contributed to its construction, today it hosts concerts and events. Inside the Museum of Footwear is very interesting.
VILLA BARCHESSA VALMARANA
Characterized by a large colonnade, the property was purchased in 1734 by Valmarana and two structures were added on the sides, the first as an agricultural annex and the second that can be visited with the use of guest rooms.
Detta Villa “ai Nani” because it takes its name from the 17 dwarfs of the wall.
The legend tells of a dwarf princess who lived in a recluse surrounded by dwarfs because she could not notice her “physical diversity”. One day, however, he saw a beautiful prince wandering around the park and realizing his physicality threw himself from the tower. So it was that the dwarves from pain turned into statues.
Artistically, it is defined by scholars as one of the most representative Villas, in architectural terms, of the century.
VILLA FOSCARI DELLA MALCONTENTA
Built by Andrea Palladio in 1559 in Malcontenta near Mira for the brothers Nicolò and Alvise Foscari.
The name is given by the legend that tells the story of a lady from the Foscari house who was here segregated to live in solitude to serve her sentence for her vicious conduct. It is a Villa that can be reached quickly by boat from the center of Venice and, like all the important buildings of the Serenissima, it has its main façade facing the water.
VILLA ALMERICO-CAPRA DETTA THE “ROTONDA”
Commissioned to Palladio by Cardinal Paolo Almerico in 1570, it was not yet complete to the architect’s death in 1580.
Vincenzo Scanozzi created the roof and the dome from which he took the name “Rotonda”, bringing it to an end in 1585. It is therefore one of the last masterpieces of Palladio and considered one of the most famous residences he built.
It was also a quiet retreat for study and meditation by the owner.
At Finale di Agugliano in the province of Vicenza, it was built by Palladio in 1548 and was frescoed by the will of the Saracen. Only in part today is the decoration in the center of the Loggia visible.
The Veneto Regional Park of the Po Delta </em> offers unforgettable scenarios, in Rosolina Mare strips of land intersect between the waters. These places are home to many species of birds that have found in the valleys of Comacchio, and in this nature that evokes peace and tranquility, their ideal habitat.
Moving to Venice with the dog is not easy because in the historical center there is a lack of green areas. Two are the most famous parks to leave our four-legged friends: the Savorgnan Gardens and Villa Groggia.
Because of the structure of the Serenissima that develops in a maze of narrow streets and bays, so are called the streets of the city, bridges and steps we must always keep with us a supply of water if we are visiting during the hottest hours, especially during summer, being in close contact with the lagoon, the humidity is particularly high. If we decide to visit it using the vaporetto let’s remember that it is a must to keep Fido on a leash with a muzzle and small dogs travel free to reach the islands. Cats or hamsters are allowed on board inside their carrier. Transportation is free for a maximum number of an animal for each traveler that accompanies it. If we reach Venice by train, with the exception of Eurostar, it is possible to travel with the dog by paying a ticket that usually includes a 50% discount for the Fido. On the other hand, buses such as those connecting Mestre and Venice to the dog, except those for the blind, are not allowed. The same applies unfortunately for the entrance to the Civic Museums, the Basilica and other churches.
Hotel De la Ville Viale Verona 12, 36100 Vicenza Tel. 0444 549001
Hotel Campo Marzio Viale Roma 21, 36100 Vicenza Tel. 0444 5445700
Hotel Al Fogher Viale della Repubblica 10, 31100 Treviso Tel. 0422 432950
Scala Hotel Via Cal di Breda 1, 31100 Treviso Tel. 0422 307600
Venice Hotel The Venice Sestriere Clock San Polo, Riva de l’Ogio, 30125 Venice
Tel. 041 2725800
Belmond Hotel Cipriani Giudecca 10, 30133 Venice Tel. 041 240801
TREVISO VETERINARY CLINIC Via Santa Bona Vecchia 41, 31100 Treviso.
Tel. 0422 262237
VICENZA VETERINARY CLINIC Via Fratelli Rosselli, 36100 Vicenza. Tel 0444 241070
VETERINARY CLINIC SAN FRANCESCO VENEZIA
Via Giuseppe Paganello 8, 30172 Venice. Tel. 041 8123121
WITH FIDO TO DISCOVER AUSTRIA TO MAKE A FULL OF NATURE BUT NOT ONLY!
VIENNA, SALZBURG, INNSBRUCK, LINZ, GRAZ AND THE BADKLEINKIRCHENEIM SPA IN NOCKBERGE .
How to get there by car in Carinthia
Italy – Udine – Tarvisio – Villach exit – Ossiachersee – Radenthein – Badkircheneim
One of the most advanced European countries for hospitality for our four-legged companions is Austria . Before leaving, you must obtain the VIGNETTE, for sale in the ACI offices or near the border, to be exposed on the windshield of the car in order not to incur heavy fines.
The most beautiful routes in Austria are the GRSSLOCKNER HOCHALPENSTRASSE (toll road) through CARINZIA, Klagenfurt is the regional capital. For 48 kilometers the SALISBURGERSTRASSE leaves from Salzburg and goes as far as Vienna through the Hohe Tauern Park, the oldest in Austria.
Since it was inaugurated in 1935 it has undergone many changes and has been made safer, larger and more comfortable with beautiful areas and panoramic terraces. Each hairpin opens on a glimpse of nature of incomparable beauty.
The Austrian Alps dominated by the Pasterze glacier (3798 meters) offer views of a wild nature where the protagonists are the ibex, marmot, roe deer and the Tyrolean royal eagle.
With the NATIONALPARK KARNTEN CARD there are discounts and facilities on the whole area where you can go for walks with Fido, among castles and lakes surrounded by nature with a thousand shades of green.
FERLEITEN WILDLIFE PARK GROSSLOCKNER HIGH ALPINE ROAD, 5672 FUSH-FERLEITEN, TEL. +43 6546200
For the trekking lovers in the heart of Carinthia (with its 750 kilometers) National Geographic Traveler has named, among the 10 most beautiful roads in the world, the ALPE-ADRIA-TRAIL.
From the Grosslockner glaciers descending from the mountain pastures you reach valleys dotted with streams, woods, waterfalls and ponds to the shores of the Adriatic Sea near Trieste.
You can also use a shuttle shuttle service to transport your luggage, the WANDERTAXI.
SALZBURG , the birthplace of Mozart, has been declared a UNESCO heritage site. It is an Alpine town whose monuments and buildings are real jewels of Baroque architecture. Ideal destinations for walking with our four-legged friend are, for example, the long SALZACH river that runs through it, the lake LEOPOLDSKRON and the two hills above it: MONCHSBERG and KAPUZINERBERG. At the top of the latter you can reach the Capuchin Monastery and enjoy a quiet and unforgettable panorama.
The region surrounding Salzburg is suitable for those who enjoy direct contact with nature, with no less than 76 LAKES, the visitor is really spoiled for choice, going from the “frozen” ones like the ZELL AM SEE, more than 3,000 meters above sea level. KITZSTEINHORN, to those swimming like the ZELLERSEE where there are numerous establishments and the temperature of its waters of 24 ° allows us to swim in the company of Fido. In Austria not only is it possible to regenerate from the summer heat but you can also devote yourself to spa wellness treatments in one of the accommodation facilities that exploit the properties of alpine minerals.
BADKIRCHENHEIM is a spa surrounded by nature for the views and structures that seem set in a fairytale atmosphere for its beauty.
Unspoiled nature and ancient traditions are guaranteed by the trekking route, which is 350 kilometers long, in 31 stages and which touches about 120 shelters, of the SUMMER IN MALGA. Initiative that opens the summer season in the region of the Salzburger Land.
For more information and to know the participating structures, please contact the Regional Authority website .
THERMENHOTEL RONACHER with 4.500sqm of relaxation and health at Badkircheneim Thermenstrasse 3, tel. +43 0 4240282
HAUS KARNTEN, Seestrasse 41, Dobriach, tel. +43 664 1825025
HOTEL VILLA HUBER, Millstatter Strasse 101, Afritz am See, tel. + 43 664 88515735
THERMENWELT HOTEL PULVERER, Thermenstrasse 4, Bad kleinircheneim, tel. +43 4240744
STAR INN HOTEL SALZBURG ZENTRUM, Hildmannplatz 5, Salzburg 10 minutes from Mozart’s house.
This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of one of the most important museums in Salzburg the CASTLE OF HELLBRUN that with the dogs on a leash you can visit, like the immense garden full of fountains, water games and caves.
Also worth a visit is the CASTLE OF MIRABELL, which was the venue for the performances of Mozart’s first works.
INNSBRUCK is “the capital of the Alps” in the Tyrol Region in the Inn River Valley. In this area there are many parks and lakes where you can spend pleasant holidays with Fido, between culture and nature. In Innsbruck they definitely deserve a visit:
The golden roof, the sparkling shopping street Maria Theresienstrasse, the Imperial Palace, the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, the Swarosky Crystal Museum and the Laudeck Castle, symbol of the city.
The Zillertaler Park with 80 glaciers, streams and flowery valleys.
The Fernsteinsee lake, the Walchsee lake, the Hinterstein lake at 882 meters, the Achensee lake which is the largest alpine lake in the Tyrol and for the clarity of its waters is considered a paradise for diving enthusiasts. The Elfer Gratzenburg Park and the Grawa Waterfall, with 180 meters of jump and a viewing platform, it is also possible to sunbathe.
HOTEL KAPELLER, Philippine-Welser-Strasse 96 Innsbruck Tel. +43 512 344445
HOTEL SCHWARZER HADLER, Kaiserjagerstrasse 2, Innsbruck Tel. +43 512 587109
VIENNA the capital of Austria, it is very convenient to visit it by public transport on which dogs can travel with a muzzle. In all of Austria our four-legged friend is really welcome and it is not strange that in any bar or restaurant we are asked if he needs to regenerate with a bowl of fresh water.
The only problem, perhaps, could be encountered with some taxi drivers who do not like to transport animals on board their vehicle. In the company of Fido we can easily run around the city without forgetting to visit the beautiful Stephanskirche, dedicated to the patron saint of the capital, the Hofburgpalace and the Schoenbrunn Castle.
With Fido it will be pleasant to walk among the different parks located throughout the city and in particular in the one located in the city center, “the Stadtpark”, because it offers the possibility to free our four friends paws without leash to play and socialize with other dogs.
The Danube itself is very popular with people and dog owners especially during the summer where you can take a refreshing swim in the river.
AUSTRIA TREND HOTEL EUROPA WIEN, Karnterstrasse 18, Wien Tel. +43 151594
FLEMING’S DELUXE HOTEL WIEN CITY, Josefstadterstrasse 10-12, Wien Tel. +43 1205990
GRAZ , defined the city of “red roofs” is the second largest city in Austria with the largest historical center in Europe and part of UNESCO since 1999. The old town is dominated by the Schlossberg, a hill on which once stood the ancient fortress that no longer exists today and from where you can admire the Uhrturm, the clock tower, which has become a symbol of the city.
To admire the city from above and see the Tower you can take the cable car or, the most daring can face the 250 steps! The Schloss Eggenberg is also worth a visit. Inside, it houses pieces of ancient Renaissance and modern art. Sports enthusiasts can take part in one of the countless activities organized in the Hilmeteich Park or in the adjacent Leechwald wood. The Stadt Park is the largest city park where it is easy to come across cute squirrels. This year, on the 5th and 6th of March, the renowned Dog World Show was held in the city’s exhibition center, which attracts fans of the dog industry from all over the country and also from abroad.
Do not miss :
The Kunsthaus which is home to Austrian and international exhibitions of contemporary art. It is a very original and particular building because it has the shape of an ultra modern “blue bubble”.
Mumuth is the home of music and theater that hosts events and conventions of art and music.
The Murinsel is an artificial island on the Mur River in the shape of a shell, 47 meters long, which contains an amphitheater and a very trendy coffee lounge.
Of another kind, but still characteristic of this eclectic city is the Market of Kaiser Josef Platz, near the opera house that with 800 farms offer Bio products (open from Monday to Saturday from 6 to 13).
LINZ in 2009 was elected European Capital of Culture and in 2014 by UNESCO “City of Media Arts”. The city is mirrored on the Danube and on the left bank of the river the modern part extends, while on the right you can walk in the historical center that is enclosed around the Hauptplatz. At the center of the square stands a marble column 20 meters high that was erected in 1723 dedicated to the Holy Trinity to survive the war and escaped the plague. From the central square you can take the main street Landstrasse where there are cafes, restaurants and shops of big names.
The ancient Danube city is also an expression of technology and the future: from May to October this year on the rooftops of the city will be scattered some metaphysical angels: the original exhibition has the name of Hohenrausch 2016 and is carried out in the cultural district of OK (Offenes Kulturhaus).
Completed in 1924, the Mariendom Cathedral is located not far from the city center streets in Domplatz, while the Old Cathedral is located further north near the Renaissance Linz Castle on the Danube. Inside the Schlossmuseum encloses technology and modern art along with ancient objects from the past. The expression of this “classical-modern” connotation is also the architecture of the glass-steel building and the Schlossmuseum, the largest universal museum in Austria.
Linz is not only museums, history, culture and new forms of art because it is also renowned for its confectionery tradition , in fact one of the oldest cakes is Linz Torte, a sweet based on butter, almonds , currant jam, which sees the first mention of the recipe in a book of 1653.
PARK INN BY RADISSON, Hessenplatz16-18, Linz, Tel. +43 732777100
IBIS LINZ CITY, Kaerntnerstrasse 18-20, Linz, Tel. +43 73269401
University of Veterinary Medicine Tel. +43 1250770 Veterinaril 1, Wien
Mr. Dr. Peter Theurl Tel. +43 512548154 Bahnofstrasse 1, Natters – Innsbruck
Dott.Medvet Meszaros Andreas, Fasaneriestrasse 15, Salzburg
Kleintierordination Puchenau, Golfplatzstrasse 2A, Puchenau Linz
Kleintierpraxis Hart bei Graz, Dr. Thomas Dangl & amp; Dr Katharina Kopeinig, Geverbepark 6, Tel. +43 316491910, Graz
Tuscany: the Viareggio Carnival and the Val di Cornia, cradle of the Etruscan civilization
The most ironic Carnival is undoubtedly that of Viareggio, in the province of Lucca, where satire and papier-mâché make it famous all over the world.
From the avenues to the sea the wagons and masks parade in a whirl of music and dance.
Begun in 1873, thanks also to the renowned natural predisposition of the Tuscan people to mockery and irony, the Carnival of Italy makes its political leitmotif.
How to get there: 260 km from Milan Parma – La Spezia motorway exit Viareggio / Camaiore 278 km from Milan Genoa – Livorno motorway exit Viareggio / Camaiore
The Burlamacco Masks (1930) and Ondina that represent the city can also be admired inside the Carnival Museum (c / o Carnival Citadel via Santa Maria Goretti) free entry from October to May, Saturday and Sunday from 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm .
For more information on entry with small dogs, please contact:
Tel. 0584-53048 or by fax 0548-51176
Autonomous company of stay of Viareggio, viale Carducci 10, 55049 Viareggio, Lucca.
Tourist Office, via Regia 43, Palazzo Cittadella 2nd floor,
tel. 0584-966521 / 966558.
The “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea” offers tourists to enjoy a walk of more than 3 km that will surely delight our four-legged friends, also present in the city of Viareggio different areas of sgambamento: downtown area, Varignano area, Darsena area and area Torre del Lago.
Where to stay
Hotel Pardini, Viale Carducci 14, Viareggio. Telephone 0584-961379
Hotel Astor, seafront Carducci 54, Viareggio.
Pets allowed no surcharge
In the immediate vicinity park / pine forest accessible to dogs
Veterinary Clinic Airfield, via Parri 4, Viareggio.
Val di Cornia: Piombino, San Vincenzo, Suvereto, Sassetta and Pitigliano
This strip of land facing a crystalline sea of the “Minor Tuscany”, in the province of Livorno, offers the opportunity to visit in the company of our four-legged friend the beauty of villages and places that have been the cradle of Etruscan civilization.
From Piombino not only can you reach the famous islands of the Tuscan archipelago, but you can enjoy the mild climate even in winter walking in the historic center of the charming town in a continuous alternation between modernity and medieval and Renaissance buildings.
The Piombino Fortress built starting from the XIII century which houses the City Museum, the Church of Sant’Animo erected in the fourteenth century and the Sea Museum, housed in the halls of Palazzo Appiani are just some of the sites where you can admire the archaeological finds of the extraordinary Etruscan civilization.
A San Vincenzo with the friend Fido you can take advantage of the numerous beaches for dogs and walk in a thick pine forest that extends to the sea with the possibility of trekking or horseback riding.
At Dingo Ranch , breeding and boarding run by Lorenzo Sparparani (Cell. 333 1906015) not only dogs have the opportunity to stay in case of need, but are also organized training days in a truly unique context between sea and countryside.
At the Agriturismo Santissima Annunziata </em>, by Beatrice Massaza, set in a 13-hectare park, various types of accommodation are available to satisfy every customer’s need. With Fido you can play freely in contact with the pristine nature of the place. The organic products, including the oil of the Frantoio Bio, are offered with the typical cuisine of the area and do not miss the possibility to organize on site, depending on the season, hiking trails, bike rental, riding stables, boat trips and much other with conventioned facilities.
Via del Castelluccio 142, San Vincenzo (LI) Tel.0565-702144
Veterinary Surgery La Corte, via Pitagora 42, San Vincenzo, (LI) 24 hour availability.
Telephone 0565-701449 firstname.lastname@example.org
Worth a visit the quaint village of Suvereto , which enclosed in its ancient walls on the slopes of the hills, overlooking the sea reached through woods of chestnut trees, cork oaks and oaks typical of the Mediterranean.
Set like a jewel on the top of a hill rises the historic village of Sassetta </strong>.
With its medieval castle and various testimonies of the past, immersed in the Forest Park of Poggio Neri, it combines past and present as an open-air museum in the green of its woods. Numerous cellars and farmhouses with their products dot well-marked trails, an example that runs for approx. 500 meters protected by a security fence: Loc. “Bufalaio” meeting point 1.5 km from Sassetta on the Sassetta-Suvereto provincial road.
Staying at the Agriturismo Campo di Carlo, Cristina Andreina, relaxation and sporting activities in this unspoiled nature can easily be practiced while having fun with our four-legged friend.
Via Campagna Nord 62, Sassetta (LI) Tel.0565-794257 Cell.338-927240 email@example.com
Pitigliano is a beautiful village where the houses blend with the rock below: the tuff.
Wandering through the lanes and looking out over the balconies overlooking the Valle del Lente, offers a breathtaking view.
In the subsoil there is a “city in the city” dug into the tuff and made of countless galleries of Etruscan times. Starting from Piazza Garibaldi, where the Palazzo Comunale is located, you can reach via Cavour with the Fortress of Palazzo Orsini and the mighty aqueduct. Continuing to Piazza della Repubblica and taking Via Roma, you will arrive at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul and the Church of Santa Maria.
The town was also home to Jews from the late 1400’s with the imposing Synagogue (the Jewish Ghetto starts from Via Zuccarelli) was called the “Little Jerusalem”.
If you want to visit the Synagogue for timetables and information, contact the Municipality of Pitigliano at the telephone number 0564-616322
Go along the “La Selciata”, a path that circumnavigates the cliff of Pitigliano to the base, is an experience that deserves to be done: walls up to 20 meters high and that exceed the kilometer in length!
La Selciata leads to two of the 15 Vie Cave, the ancient roads built by the Etruscans carved out of the tufaceous rock.
In the immediate vicinity (ca.5 km) a stop at the Terme di Sorano , in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, to conclude this itinerary that makes travel in time: from the Etruscans to the present day.
Terme di Sorano, Loc. S. Maria dell’Aquila, 58010 Sorano (GR) Tel.0564-633306 Fax 0564-632028
Hotel della Fortezza, Piazza Cairoli 5, 58010, Sorano (GR) Tel.0564-633549
Open from 12 February.
Pets allowed without supplement.
A special mention deserves Villa Museo Giacomo Puccini
The opening at EXPO Milano 2015 at La Scala was done with the staging of the work of Giacomo Puccini the “Turandot”, for fans and not only, it certainly deserves a visit to the Villa Museum of the famous musician just 5 km from Viareggio in Viale Giacomo Puccini 266, Torre del Lago (LU).
Small dogs can be brought into the house kept in their arms or bag.
Dogs of medium / large size can stay in the garden of the Villa in the company of museum staff.
For information on opening days and times: Telephone 0584-341445
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