In Venice, dogs are welcome just about everywhere. They wander without leashes in the city's calli and campi, sit with their owners in restaurants and bars, enter most shops (except supermarkets, where they're usually tied up inside the entrance), and ride water buses and water taxis.
Many local dogs don't mind hopping in and out of traghetti, the gondola ferries that cross the Grand Canal. Here's a sequence that Cheryl photographed at the Campo del Traghetto in San Marco, where a boat was about to cross the Grand Canal to Dorsoduro:
ABOVE: A lady and her Dachshund approach the Traghetto Santa Maria del Giglio pier.
ABOVE: The Dachshund, seeing a paparazza, strikes a profile pose.
ABOVE: The lady and her dog board the waiting traghetto.
ABOVE: One of the oarsmen (in the white baseball cap) can't resist giving the Dachshund a pat.
ABOVE: The dog makes itself comfortable among the human passengers and their gear.
ABOVE: The Dachshund and its fellow passengers enjoy the short voyage to the opposite bank of the Grand Canal.
- Tip: For more information about riding traghetti in Venice (including prices), see our Venice Traghetto article at Veniceforvisitors.com.