Accessible Travel in Rome

By John Sage Is Rome accessible for disabled visitors?  Which accessibility challenges are you likely to encounter on your trip? Sage Traveling has performed a detailed accessibility review of Rome to let you know what the biggest challenges are for disabled visitors. Some of the biggest challenges include the severe Rome cobblestones in the neighborhood around the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, the uneven ground in the Roman Forum, and the few accessible transportation options. Learn more about what it’s like to visit Rome with a disability.

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Like other European cities, Rome is much easier to navigate if you know what you’re doing. You’ll learn about the church videoguides and how plan your routes around town. Should disabled tourists visit the Capitoline Museums or the National Museum of Rome? What time of day is the least crowed at the Vatican? These Rome accessible travel tips give you a few key pointers to make traveling to Rome with a disability easier. Additionally, the 10 Keys to Success for Rome Disabled Travel will let you know what you need to focus on before your trip.

Your visit to Rome will be greatly enhanced with a local tour guide to explain everything that you see. Group accessible tours of Rome city center include accessible routes between the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain. Accessible tours of the Roman Forum and Colosseum are possible either as a private ancient Rome tour or a group ancient Rome tour.

private wheelchair accessible Vatican tour is a must-do for many visitors to Rome. Or you can try one of our specialty tours like an accessible wine tasting tour or Rome golf cart tour for the disabled. Our tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users and other disabled visitors, and the guides are used to working with disabled travelers. Book one of our 16 disabled tours in Rome to get the most out of your trip.

“The tours have been wonderful. Definitely recommend Sage as my favorite tour group ever!!!! The guides and driver have been amazing and the individual tours are amazing. It has been a beautiful, well planned trip and the convenience of getting picked up at our hotel has been a God send!!!”-Sage Traveling client, USA, wheelchair user...Read more client feedback 

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Many of the Top 12 Accessible Mediterranean Cruise Itineraries stop in Civitavecchia, and cruise passengers have so much to see in this amazing city!  An accessible van driving tour of Rome will allow you to see all the highlights in one day. Another option is take our Vatican & Ancient Rome Accessible Driving Tour which focuses on the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the Roman Forum. Our accessible Civitavecchia shore excursions by train are the cheapest options that you’ll find anywhere!

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Disabled cruise passengers who want to travel to Rome can do so using accessible public transportation. If you make reservations in advance, three buses and a train will get you into the Rome city center. My Civitavecchia Cruise Port Disabled Access Review provides all the details about Civitavecchia accessibility.

Rome accessible cruises provide you with an opportunity to visit all parts of the Mediterranean, and the Top 9 Accessible Cruises from Rome have accessible shore excursions in at least 88% of the ports of call.  Royal Caribbean's 7 night Western Mediterranean cruise visits the top destinations in Italy, France, and Spain.  If you'd like to visit the Greek Isles, Celebrity's 11 night Eastern Med cruise will be your best option.  Visiting both Israel and Egypt is possible on Princess' 11 night Holy Land cruise.
 

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Apart from some cobblestones in front of the entrance, wheelchair access is generally good. After getting past the entrance lines, which you can by-pass with a Colosseum accessible private tour, you will get to a paved section that leads to the lower level and an elevator to the upper level. Pictures of the cobblestones, steps, and elevator that you will encounter are found on our accessible Rome Colosseum page.
The Vatican actually has two separate wheelchair accessible entrances that are separate by a 1 km (0.6 mile) route outside the Vatican city walls. Wheelchair tourists should start at the Vatican Museums entrance because the route to the St. Peter’s Entrance is slightly downhill. Reaching the Sistine chapel requires going down a flight of stairs or using a wheelchair lift that is shown on our Vatican disabled access page. Access to the most famous church in the world is possible by an elevator followed by a wheelchair ramp at St. Peter’s entrance which wheelchair users may need assistance with. Accessible Vatican tours are available.
Looking for a wheelchair accessible van to bring you from the airport to your hotel?  Do you need to be brought to the Termini train station for your trip to Florence or Venice? Sage Traveling provides vans with wheelchair ramps to bring you from the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumincino or the Rome Ciampino airport to your hotel for 130 euro each way.  Wheelchair accessible van transfers are also available from Civitavecchia cruise port. Contact us to book your Rome transfer in a comfortable wheelchair accessible van.

Visiting Rome can require long days and long distances. Rental manual wheelchairs and electric wheelchair rentals are available to make the long distances between the tourist attractions easier handle. With so many hills and cobblestones found throughout Rome, many handicapped visitors benefit from renting a mobility scooter in Rome. The Pantheon is 2.2 km from Coliseum, and the Vatican is another 1.6 km beyond the Pantheon.  Manual wheelchair rentals are €210 per week including delivery, power electric wheelchair rentals are €280 per week including delivery, and mobility scooter rentals are €415 per week including delivery. Contact us with the dates and location for your Rome rental wheelchair delivery and it will be waiting for you at your hotel.

 

Why settle for the first accessible hotel you find when you can choose perfect accessible hotel in the perfect accessible neighborhood? I have personally visited more than 20 Rome accessible hotels in my wheelchair to evaluate the accessibility features of the hotel and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Need a roll-in shower?  We have pictures showing that not all roll-in shower hotels in Rome are the same. There are definitely some accessible Rome hotels to avoid! Our top recommendations have accessible restaurants nearby and flat smooth streets throughout the neighborhood. Accessible hotel rooms near the Vatican and 5 star accessible hotel rooms are a few options to choose from.

"The accommodation was great and perfect for myself in the wheelchair. We will certainly recommend your services to others and use you again in the future." - Jon and Sarah from UK Read more....

Families and groups traveling with someone with a disability can save big money by booking a handicapped apartment in Rome. The apartments have roll-in showers, step-free access, and convenient accessible bus lines nearby.
A visit to Rome can be daunting for many disabled visitors.  Fortunately, hills and cobblestones can be largely avoided by using the correct routes, and wheelchair accessible bus routes can make getting around town a breeze. Sage Traveling has created an Accessibility Guide for Rome which is a must-have for any disabled visitor to Rome.  It contains over 100 pages of tips and advice to make visiting Rome with a disability easier than you ever thought was possible.  The accessibility descriptions and photos of museums, churches, buses, and restaurants provide you with everything you need to know about accessibility in Rome.

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Sage Traveling can provide everything that a disabled traveler needs in Rome. Your journey will include 1) wheelchair accessible transportation from Rome Fiumicino airport or Termini train station, 2) fully accessible hotel accommodation in one of the most wheelchair friendly neighborhoods in Rome, 3) the best accessible sightseeing tours in Rome, and 4) the expert accessibility advice found in our Rome Accessibility Guide. Our Rome accessible trip planning services will make sure your vacation in Rome is a great one.

“I cannot thank you enough for making my trip to Rome and Florence so wonderful. I would highly recommend the hotels and our guides. A special thanks to Donna and to Sage Traveling for offering this much needed accessible travel service who might otherwise not be able to enjoy what the world has to offer.” --Frances, mobility scooter user from Arizona, USA...Read more client feedback

 

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