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12 Wheelchair Accessible Travel Tips for Italy

Accessible travel in Italy can be difficult but it doesn’t have to be.  While Italy presents numerous accessibility challenges, there is almost always something you can do to make it work.  Before your trip, educate yourself about the accessibility challenges you will encounter, and you’ll have a much easier trip with your focus on enjoying yourself rather than trying to navigate barriers.  These 12 Italy Accessible Travel Tips are the first step to make your trip easier and more enjoyable.

2. Your Rome hotel neighborhood should depend on your disability – Rome has severe cobblestones in the city centre near the Pantheon, Campo de Fiori, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps.  Manual wheelchair users may want to stay outside of this area where there are fewer cobblestones.  Power wheelchair users and mobility scooter users have a different challenge.  Few public transportation options exist and accessible private transportation is expensive.  Tourists using a power wheelchair or mobility scooter should stay in the very center of Rome so they can roll to the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, and the Colosseum.

4. Visit places you maybe haven’t heard of – Some of your favorite memories are likely to come from visits to places you’ve never heard of.  Build in more time than you think you’ll need in each city.  The Borghese Gallery in Rome, the Pitti Palace and the Santa Croce church in Florence, and the Frari Chruch in Venice are just a few of the lesser-known, outstanding attractions in Italy.

8. Use the vaparetto in Venice – The vaparetto water buses in Venice are the easiest way for disabled travelers in Venice Italy to avoid the bridges.  If you use an electric wheelchair or a mobility scooter, the occasional large height difference between the boat and the dock may mean that you need to use a wheelchair accessible water taxi.

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