Accessible Travel to Florence

By John Sage With fewer hills than Rome, accessible Florence travel provides a much easier alternative to visit Renaissance masterpieces than its larger, more well-known counterpart to the south. Accessible accommodation is also cheaper than in Rome, and the city can also be used as a gateway to take train and van day-trips to great destinations such as Pisa, Siena, and Tuscan wineries.

Florence is a small city that packs a big punch. With magnificent statues to be seen for completely free in town squares and spacious outdoor shopping, Florence should make it on your “Must See” list when visiting Italy.  All of the major attractions are found between the Accademia (housing Michelangelo’s David) in the north and the Pitti Palace lying 1.5 km to the south.  Consequently, Florence is a great destination for disabled travelers. Our Florence disabled access review describes what you can expect on your trip.

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Showing up in Florence with a disability without knowing about Florence disabled access could cause you difficulties. We have researched, planned and tested these eleven Florence accessible travel tips ourselves and can assure you…they work!

Did you know that Piazzale Michelangelo has the absolute best views of Florence especially at sunset?  (Can you imagine the photos of Tuscan hills behind Renaissance church domes?) It's located on a large hill, so manual wheelchair users should take a taxi to easily reach the top. Electric wheelchair and mobility scooter users can use the accessible buses that depart from the train station. We also provide our 11 Keys to Success for Florence Disabled Travel so you can make sure you have focused on all the important preparation for your trip.

This top Tuscan city has one of the most fascinating walking tours in all of Europe. The story of the Renaissance can be magnificently explained as you wander the streets of Florence. Private tours and group tours are available, and all of our tours are wheelchair accessible. Specialty tours that visit museums like the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia are available, as well as Florence accessible tours that visit churches like the Duomo, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella.

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Disabled cruise passengers have so many options in Livorno! Do you want to spend the day visiting the Accademia & Uffizi Gallery in Florence? Or would you like to visit an accessible winery in Tuscany? Accessible guided tours of Pisa and accessible shore excursions to Siena & San Gimignano are just a few options available in our list of Livorno accessible van driving tours.

Get €50 off each accessible shore excursion
when you book an accessible cruise package!
Tuscany is one of the most beautiful and most popular destinations in all of Europe.  Disabled tourists will have an easy time visiting the numerous beautiful cities from a home base of Florence. Florence accessible van transportation easily connects Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, Assisi, Pisi, Tuscany wineries, and the Prada outlet mall. All vehicles have a wheelchair accessible ramp and a driver to make your Tuscany experience as comfortable as possible.
Livorno is the gateway to Florence for cruise passengers, and it’s one of the least accessible ports that I have visited. Disabled passengers may encounter big challenges getting out of the cruise port. I’ve described them in detail in my Livorno Cruise Port Accessibility Review.

Unlike Rome where tourist attractions are quite spread out, Florence’s tourist attractions are within walking distance of each other. While this sounds great, it also means that finding taxis in central Florence can be challenging. Many senior travelers to Venice benefit by renting a wheelchair during their stay in Florence. Rental manual wheelchairs are €240 per week. Florence mobility scooter rentals are €570 for 10 days. Delivery to your hotel is included. Contact us with the date, time, and location for your Florence rental wheelchair delivery and pickup.

Sage Traveling has taken all of the guesswork out of finding accessible hotel accommodation by offering our clients the Top 9 Florence Hotels for Disabled Tourists that John Sage has personally inspected and verified. Our accessible roll-in shower hotel rooms in the Florence city center has a 4 Star Sage Accessibility rating and a convenient location close to the train station as well as all of the popular attractions. If you’re traveling with children, our accessible hotel room for families (our most centrally located hotel) is an excellent option.  Another great choice is a 4-star hotel in our most accessible hotel neighborhood with fewer cobblestones than most areas of Florence—plus, it’s still located right next to everything you’ll want to see!

Disabled visitors to Florence typically have a variety of questions before they arrive in the city. Is the Uffizi Gallery wheelchair accessible? Where can I find accessible restaurants in Florence? How will I get around town with a disability? Our disabled travel experts have been to Florence with the specific goal of researching accessibility.

We have packaged everything you need to know about visiting Florence with a disability in our comprehensive 80+ page Florence Accessibility Guide. It includes the answers to all the accessibility questions you may have, as well as the questions you may not think to ask! The Accessibility Guide is provided as part of our accessible travel packages.

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"We remarked again and again how difficult it would all have been without your planning! Thanks again for the wonderful trip! " - Brian, a mobility scooter user from California
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Giving you the best that Florence has to offer, our accessible hotel and tour packages make your Florence vacation the easiest and best that it can be. We take care of all the planning for you and use our familiarity with disabled access in Florence to design a spectacular accessible vacation for you. There are various accessible Florence travel package options that include combinations of accessible hotels, accessible tours, and accessible transportation. The Florence packages are great on their own, but really give great value when combined with our other travel packages. Match our Florence packages with other Italian and European cities to make your trip one you will never forget!

 

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