The Dogs of Venice, Past and Present

Did you know that besides ornate masks and colorful pasta and endless canals and gondolas, Venice’s got dogs galore? This is one of those charming details that sometimes gets lost in the wonderful story that is Venice. But it’s true, dogs are part of Venice’s cityscape, if you’ve been, you’ve surely seen them at play along side streets or gazing out of a window.

We were reminded of this today we noticed a lovely blog post, The Dogs That Run Venice, on the lovely shelter site Apartment Therapy. The post notes that there are statues of Saint Roch, San Rocco in Italian, the patron saint of dogs, throughout Venice. And at the Guggenheim Museum along the Grand Canal, the arts patroness Peggy Guggenheim is buried next to here beloved 14 dogs. For more on Peggy Guggenheim and her dogs, click HERE.

A little clicking around reminded us that the Scuola Grande San Rocco in Venice contains the patron saint’s relics! It is a stunning building with a stunning history!

Remember, Tour Italy Now offers a number of escorted tours that include Venice, like the popular Marco Polo so you can cehck out the dogs of Venice yourself. Andiamo!

Yours in discovering Italy,

Barbara Fellini

Post By Priscila Siano (311 Posts)

+Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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