Italy draws me into it’s warmth and puts a smile on my face despite the fact that I spend my hours on the autostrada cursing in words I rarely use elsewhere. For me Italy is filled with pleasure, simplicity and insanity. It’s a country I love, and vow to never drive in again.
A Different Italian Experience; Traveling With My Dog
This trip was different than all my other Italy experiences; this time I took my dog Tanner. In case you’re thinking a little purse dog, think again… This is the Hummer of dogs; Tanner weighs 120 lbs, (54 Kilo). Taking Tanner places requires a bit of planning but it is well worth the effort for traveling with my dog.
Life in an Italian Village
For this trip with Tanner I rented an apartment, which gave me a much deeper Italian experience. For a week we lived in an Italian village on Lake Como. It was a fantastic experience (minus the hell of driving.) With Tanner in mind I chose a village that was not touristy. We stayed in a village a few minutes drive from the more touristy areas.
Tanner on our daily walk; there were lots of hills, cobbled streets and some speeding cars to watch for.
A Great Decision.
Living for a week in an Italian village allowed Tanner and I to experience every day life in Italy. When I woke and looked out my window I could see elderly ladies going about their daily chores. I woke to church bells and heard the sound of the train which runs along Lake Como. I watched giggly children playing and watched cats find inventive spots to nap out of the way of speeding cars. Later I watched elderly ladies going to evening mass in the village church.
I delighted in the surprise on Italian faces of all ages; they were intrigued by Tanner’s size and gentle demeanor. When we couldn’t communicate well we used sign language. Everyone wanted to know how old he was and what his name was; they also wanted to pet him. He made many new Italian friends in one week.
My window ledge and the cars on the narrow Italian village street.
A family vineyard on our daily walk in the village.
Traveling with my dog and experiencing every day life in an Italian village was a great experience. We were close enough to get in the car and have lunch in a touristy village right on the water where both Tanner and I could enjoy people and activity. Yet we were far enough away that we could experience simple daily life. It was the best of both worlds, minus the crazy driving.
Enjoying a break at an outdoor cafe on Lake Como. For more on my driving trip to Italy read Traveling Europe With a Dog.