The passeggiata is the traditional evening walk in Italian communities. It’s a fun time with the local folks stepping out of the doorways and into the streets. In the most Renaissance of Italian of cities, Florence, dogs seem to have become part of the street scene. For best viewing, go during the off-season.
That’s the Basilica of Santa Maria Fiore and its polychrome marble siding in the background.
More on the historical portrayal of Renaissance dogs in art and literature to come.