Although Sicily is not as well equipped for pets as Central Europe, you can travel without hesitation to Sicily with your four-legged friend. In principle, dogs are not allowed on busy public beaches, but there are always plenty of secluded sandy bays along the island’s kilometres of coastline where you and your dog can hang out together.
The usual EU regulations apply: clear identification of the dog by microchip and of course the necessary pet passport showing up to date vaccinations.
If you want to take your dog to the restaurant we recommend always asking in advance if they are happy to welcome your four legged friend. Always remember to take water and a water bowl if they are happy to oblige.
In peak summer months, temperatures are very high and the sand on the beach can be scolding for your dog’s paws. We recommend, therefore, holidaying with your dog in the months outside July and August.
If you are travelling to Sicily by car, allow plenty of time for the journey and seek out pet-friendly accommodation in advance. There are ferries from Genoa (about 21 hours), Livorno (18-19 hours) and Salerno (about 9-10 hours) to Palermo. The ferry service to Catania has unfortunately been discontinued (as of 2022). Many airlines allow small dogs to travel with the owner in the plane cabin, which of course is the fastest way to get to Sicily. Remember to take a muzzle with you.
As most of the grounds surrounding our holiday homes are very large, you should also note that few holiday home properties are closed in by fence. Also be aware that in the countryside, neighbourhood dogs often wander loose.
If you do decide to holiday in Sicily with a dog, with the right attitude and expectations, there is nothing to stop you from having a wonderful vacation in your holiday home with a dog.