Got it bookmarked ready to read Lesley,
My wife, Gwen, and I both love Italy and the Italians and had been there a number of times before we had a motorhome but have not been there in the nine years since. A planned trip in 2012 was aborted in Austria due to the weather and a sick dog so really looking forward to next June. Gwen has said yes we can go
Our dogs got lots of attention in Italy. Lots of "che bella" and wanting to chat about them and stroke them. No problems at cafes and restaurants, though it was warm enough to always sit outside, but waitresses brought out water for them etc. They don't see may lurchers in taly and kept asking if they were Spanish Galgos.
We had horrendous weather in Austria 2 years ago and abandoned the Alps, which we couldn't even see anyway, to return to warmer wine regions in Germany. We found some great fruity German red wines that year around the Pfalz region.