Travelling with your favourite pooch on holiday to Abruzzo is easier than sometimes finding accommodation in Abruzzo that is dog-friendly. Many know that Abruzzo is perfect for walking your dog, our mad spaniel loves nothing better than running himself doolally up & down hills here, but there is still the thought amongst a lot of Abruzzesi that dogs are working animals and live outside, so the idea of bringing your favourite friend into your room is something that is not guaranteed to be understood, let alone accepted! There’s an old religious saying that still holds strong here: “Christians in, animals out”, so it’s something to keep in mind…
Here is some of the dog friendly accommodation in Abruzzo that we have stayed and can thoroughly recommend. It’s right across the board, ranging from boutique hotels to agriturismi (depending on how flush we are that month!); any new ones we stay at we will add to this page, sorted by cheapest to most expensive.
Bed & Breakfast
Abruzzo Segreto, Navelli (AQ)
Owned by a Italian/Irish couple, very very friendly and willing to help with Navelli excursions like saffron picking or its Paglio degli Asini. Although the rooms are simple they are incredibly snug; we stayed when the nights were closing in and getting a little a fresco yet the house radiated warmth. + Great breakfast & free wi-fi!
Price per double room per night including breakfast – Lo €48, Med,€60 , Hi €70 – single rooms are available starting at €30 | Official website
Agriturismo Arkadia, Vasto (CH)
Very clean & spacious rooms, typical agriturismo style, very simple. It’s set in a vineyard with incredible vistas overlooking the coastline and the vines and a short drive down to Mottagrossa & Punta della Penna beaches. Incredibly friendly & helpful Italian owners. The agriturismo food is wonderful, as is the owner’s wine, tobacco & dark chocolate notes to his Montepulciano d’Abruzzo that is very special & unusual. Wi-fi available in the owner’s office.
Price per person night including breakfast – Lo €25, Hi €40 | Official website
Self Catering, Apartments & Rooms
Casa Torre del Cornone, Fontecchio (AQ)
Beautifully restored, tasteful medieval apartments & rooms in the traditional Abruzzesi style lots of wood and lovely taranta to snuggle in at night . We and our dog so appreciated those thick walls in the summer to keep cool! Hot water heating is provided by solar panels and in addition a sustainable heater that uses wood chips, olive & grape mulch. It makes a great base to visit the wonderful and not to be missed Bominaco Oratorio.
Price per double room per night – €58; in winter there is an additional €5 charge for heating | Official website
4* Star Hotel
Hotel Le Gole – Celano (AQ)
This is a new build hotel that gives the appearance of staying in an old priory, full credit to the architect for the attempt. For those with a love for baroque ducal fantasy you’ll love the big beds, brocades and Jacuzzi baths in your room, oh it was nice jumping into big fluffy white bathgowns. There are stunning 360° panoramas, we stayed in the tower under the Panoramic Terrace which was a treat to watch sunset on Castello Piccolomini and La Serra turn pink, as well as watch the sunrise in the morning. Loved looking at the photographs and Abruzzo art of yesteryear. Full air conditioning and a hotel restaurant that I can recommend and is just €20 per person if you’re a guest! Free wi-fi in public areas.
Price per double room per night including breakfast – Lo €80, Hi €100 – single rooms are available starting at €50 | Official website
Sextantio Albergo Diffuso – Santo Stefano (AQ)
This is where you go to have a special treat at the beginning or end of your Abruzzo Holiday; we stayed here once at Christmas as an experience present to one another. Set in a beautiful Medici hilltop mountain town with some of the best vistas of the Majellas, it has been sympathetically restored and displays the absolute best of Abruzzo crafts combined with for example Philippe Stark bathrooms. Not your usual type of one building hotel, this is an albergo diffuso where you are literally staying in rooms that have been restored across this small town. A candle-lit restaurant with plenty of open fires helps maintain the extraordinary ambience of staying here. The manager’s mum makes a truly amazing breakfast, the best we have had in Abruzzo and v high on the list for the world. Free wi-fi in rooms.
Price per double room per night including breakfast starts at €220 | Official website
Sam is a very lucky midlife mamma to A who is 5 and works as a freelance travel and food web content manager and copywriter. She is currently writing a book 'Abruzzo: Folk and Food', its release date is Winter 2017.
She is the co-founder of the social enterprises: The Abruzzo Blogger Community and Let's Blog Abruzzo.
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