15th April 2008
In Italy, 60 affiliates of the Space Hotels group welcome people who go on holiday with their four-legged friends. Many famous people always travel with their pets such as George W. Bush and Paris Hilton in the USA and Marina Ripa di Meana, Maria De Filippi, Fiorello and Paola Saluzzi in Italy. Massimo Perla is one of the most well known dog trainers in Italy and many famous Italians take their pets to him. In Manhattan, Dominique Pilla, of Italo-american heritage, takes famous actors' dogs for a walk, including the pets of Jessica Parker-Jones, Hilary Swank and Matthew Broderick. There is also no lack of designer products for pets such as Gucci bags used as carriers and collars embellished with Swarovski crystals, as well as a long list of coats, blankets, couches and beds with matching dressers.
The 60 Space affiliates that accept pets are located in major Italian tourist destinations: such as art cities - Rome, Florence, Venice, Bergamo, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, Ferrara, Bologna, Parma, Pisa, Siena, Urbino, Perugia, Lecce, Catania; business cities - Milan, Turin, Cuneo, Genoa, Padua, Aosta, Novara, Piacenza, Modena, Pesaro, Ancona, Jesi, L'Aquila, Bari; and resort cities - Como, Riva del Garda, Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure, Riccione, Rimini, Fiuggi, Pettenasco sul Lago d'Orta. They are all chosen by Space Hotels based on rigorous quality and service criteria and are both very welcoming and very well kept. Many of them are decorated in earlier period styles as well as having gourmet restaurants, terraces with views, gardens, swimming pools and wellness centres.
Many of these hotels have large fenced gardens or outdoor spaces where pets can be safely and relaxingly taken for walks: such as the Hotel President Giovinazzo, just north of Bari; the Piccolo Castello in Monteriggioni near Siena; and the Hotel Federico II in Jesi in the province of Ancona. The Hotel Savoy in Pesaro and the Bonconte in Urbino have special menus for pets and supply information on: public parks where dogs do not have to be on a leash; pet-friendly beaches; veterinary clinics; pet stores; and restaurants that accept animals. Many hotels also offer dog-sitting and grooming services upon request. The Rizzi Aquacharme Hotel & Spa in Boario Terme offers pets a welcome kit upon arrival with a crunchy snack, food and water bowls and a lined basket. For a small, daily surcharge of five euros, the chef of the Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese in Preganziol, just 2 km from Treviso, can prepare menus suitable to dogs' tastes and habits. The Hotel Al Cappello Rosso in Bologna offers discount coupons, pet walking, sitting and grooming services as well as a 24-hour veterinarian, a "Pet Register" and "Pet Room Service" with dry and wet food menus and a beverage list offering bottled water and milk.
The Hotel Palace in Bari has created the first ever "pet room" that offers: a cot covered with plaid fabric; a set of grooming products with combs and brushes; a selection of hard and soft toys; an assortment of cat and dog foods; and hygienic wooden floors. At the Hotel des Nations in Riccione, Chiara - the resident cat - signs a diploma and gives it along with a take-home toy to all pets who behaved well during their stay. There are three rooms with pet beds and a large terrace. The hotel is affiliated with a nearby restaurant that accepts animals and a groomer that, along with shampoos and cuts, also has a dog-sitter service and a delivery service for various brands of pet food and cat litter.
Reservations can be made at the affiliates of Space Hotels through travel agencies. The website www.spacehotels.it indicates which affiliated hotels accept pets.
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