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Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements.  Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


1. Microchip:  Each Pet shall be identified by means of a microchip.  No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. Italy currently accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.

2. Rabies Vaccination and Certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet. The Rabies vaccine must be at least 21 days old at the time of the final health exam.

3. It is suggested that all animals have full vaccinations, as well:

Dogs:  Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordatella.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.

4. EU Health Certificate: This will be provided by your PetRelocation Specialist. This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your accredited Veterinarian and must be signed in a different color than that of the certificate's printing (usually blue ink).  This certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the date of the checks at the EU point of entry.  For the purpose of further movements within the EU, this certificate will be valid for a total of 4 months from the date of issue or until the date of expiration of the rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier.

5. USDA Endorsements for the below referenced forms:

  • Microchip Implantation Record
  • Rabies Certificate
  • Vet Letter
  • EU Vet Health Certificate

These must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about best way of handling this.

6. International Health Certificate: Your vet should have these in stock. It’s a good idea to call ahead and ask.  This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet within 10 days of departure. Depending on the logistics of your particular pet relocation and the specific health certificate being used (APHIS Form 7001) an additional USDA Endorsement maybe required on this health certificate. Speak to your PetRelocation Specialist regarding the USDA portion of this process.

7. All original documentation listed above must travel with the pets.

8. In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following documents supplied prior to the pet’s arrival:

  • Copy of pet owner's passport
  • Codice Fiscale (tax code card) number (if available)


Local Pet Resources

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Panzoo Vet S.R.L.:Via Ascarelli Tullio, 18, 00166 Roma (RM), Italy 06 66183436

Sc Pharma Srl: Via Lorenzo di Credi, 25, 20149 Milano (Lombardia), Italy 02 48012782

Medivet Srl: Via Marco Bruto, 24, 20138 Milano (MI), Italy 02 73953070

Groomers and Pet Supplies

Sala Del Cane: Via Giovanni Battista Niccolini, 2, 20154 Milano (Lombardia), Italy 02 33603951

Animal House: Via Adige, 3, 20135 Milano (Milano), Italy 02 55188280

Planet Pet Spa: Via Di Boccea, 472, 00166 Roma (RM), Italy 06 61662504

The grocery store sells big bags of pasta made especially for dogs, and there are "dog parking" spots all over the city. Across from the ruins where Julius Ceasar was killed, at one of the busiest intersections in the city, a dog shelter sets up its mobile adoptions. Just like the Italian people, the dogs of Rome coexist among the spectacular chaos of modern life in an ancient city.

Dog Friendly Hotels

Holiday Inn Cagliari -Viale Umberto Ticca  Cagliari

Crowne Plaza Hotel Milan-Linate -Via K.adenauer 3, San Donato  Milan

Express By Holiday Inn Milan-Bicocca -Via Della Giustizia 10/d  Milan

Four Points by Sheraton Milan Center -Via Cardano 1  Milan

Holiday Inn Milan -278 Via Lorenteggio  Milan

Holiday Inn Milan-Assago -Tangenziale Ovest Km 19  Milan

Holiday Inn Milan-Garibaldi Station -Via Ugo Bassi 1/a  Milan

Novotel Milano Linate Aeroporto -Via Mecenate 121  Milan

Sheraton Diana Majestic -Viale Piave, 42  Milan

The Westin Palace -Piazza della Repubblica 20  Milan

Best Western Ai Cavalieri Hotel -Via Sant'Oliva, 8  Palermo

Mercure Palermo Centro -Via Mariano stabile 112  Palermo

Quality Hotel President Palermo Sicily -Via Francesco Crispi, 230  Palermo

Comfort Inn Bolivar -Via Della Cordonata, 6  Rome

Express By Holiday Inn Rome-East -Via Giorgio Perlasca 50  Rome

Express By Holiday Inn Rome-San Giovanni -Via Assisi 53  Rome

Holiday Inn Rome-West -Via Aurelia Km 8, 400  Rome

Ibis Roma Magliana -Via Arturo mercanti 63  Rome

Novotel Roma La Rustica -Via Andrea noale 291  Rome

*Accommodations - Only Small Dogs*

Four Points by Sheraton Roma West Hotel -Viale degli Eroi di Cefalonia, 301  Rome

Intercontinental De La Ville-Roma -Via Sistina 67/69  Rome

Sheraton Golf Parco de' Medici Hotel and Resort -Viale Salvatore Rebecchini, 39  Rome

St. Regis Grand Hotel -Via Vittorio E. Orlando, 3  Rome

The Westin Excelsior -Via Vittorio Veneto 125  Rome


Italy is a country located in Southern Europe, comprising the Po River valley, Italian Peninsula, and the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italians also refer to it as lo Stivale ("the Boot", due to its boot-like shape), il Bel Paese ("the Beautiful Country") or la Penisola ("the Peninsula" as an antonomasia). Italy shares its northern alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italian territory, while Campione d'Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland.

Capital: Rome

Language: Italian

Currency: Euro (€)


Italy is subject to highly different weather conditions in autumn, winter, and spring, while summer is usually more stable, although the northern regions often have thunderstorms in the afternoon/night hours and some grey and rainy days. So, while south of Florence the summer is typically dry and sunny, the north is tends to be more humid and cloudy. Spring and Autumn weather can be very changeable, with sunny and warm weeks (sometime with Summer-like temperatures) suddenly broken off by cold spells (sometime bringing snow in November, March or April even at sea level) or followed by rainy and cloudy weeks.


Italy is highly diverse and can be far from the stereotypical Mediterranean climate and "land of sun", depending on the location. The inland northern areas of Italy (Turin, Milan, and Bologna) have a continental climate, while the coastal areas of Liguria and the peninsula south of Florence fit the stereotype (even if, usually, the city of Genoa may experience an heavy snowfall [1]). The coastal areas of the peninsula can be very different from the interior, particularly during the winter months. The higher altitudes are cold, wet, and often snowy. The coastal regions, where most of the large towns are located, have a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot and generally dry summers.

Expats in Italy, www.expatsinitaly.com, provides assistance for expatriates and those moving to italy.

The Informer, www.informer.it, is an online guide for expatriate life in Italy, with particular emphasis on resolving problems relating to Italy’s byzantine bureaucracy (e.g. immigration, work permits, driving licenses, renting/buying property, healthcare, pension rights, recognition of professional qualifications, taxes, marriage/divorce, writing a will, etc.).