In Italy, traveling with a dog is all the less frowned upon as our transalpine neighbors themselves love canines: 56% of Italians have at least one dog, and the country is a real paradise for our 4-legged friends.
Which, however, are not allowed everywhere, starting with museums.
In Venice, we may have found the right compromise, with a paid dog sitting service, which would be in line with the trend of a very accommodating tourism economy: pet-friendly hotels, beaches dedicated to dogs and their masters , and even... canine ice cream parlors.
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The Fondazione MUVE, which manages the eleven municipal museums of the Serenissima (Doge's Palace, Correr Museum, Archaeological Museum, Marciana Library) has in fact joined forces with the company BauAdvisor - bau meaning "woof" in Italian - to offer visitors to this service.
To take advantage of it, you must reserve a specific time slot (day, time and museum of your choice).
An operator will take care of the animal at the entrance to the site, and will walk it around the neighborhood, for a price of €10 per hour.
More people at the museum?
The action of the foundation is not totally disinterested since a significant part of dog owners would give up exhibitions because of their animal.
But with a ticket price to the Correr Museum in St. Mark's Square now set at €30 (€25 if booked a month in advance), one wonders if the lack of service was really the only obstacle to the visit.