Top 10 Accessible Experiences in Rome
Rome has plenty to offer disabled visitors. I generally recommend spending at least 4 days here for a quick trip and 10 days for a relaxing stay. Out of the many accessible things to do in Rome, here are my Top 10 Accessible Experiences in Rome.
1. View Caravaggio paintings in situ – Viewing great artwork in a museum is a good experience, but viewing it in the church it was designed for makes it a great experience! The San Luigi dei Francesi church is home to 3 Caravaggio paintings and a fairly steep wheelchair ramp at the entrance.
Wheelchair Ramp at San Luigi dei Francesi
2. Visit the Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel – The designated visitor route through the Vatican Museums involves stairs. Fortunately disabled visitors can obtain permission to use an alternative route that is accessible. You will need to go against the flow of traffic to view Raphael’s School of Athens but it is well worth it. Visiting the Sistine Chapel involves a stair lift, a narrow hall, and a wheelchair lift.
3. Relax in the Borghese Gallery & Gardens – The Borghese Gallery, located inside the Borghese Gardens, is my favorite statue museum anywhere. The Baroque statues, particularly Bernini’s David, show how sculpture evolved since the times of Michelangelo’s David. The hidden location of the accessible entrance is a small hurdle, as is the requirement for reservations to gain admission.
4. Pose with remains of giant Roman statues – Believed to be the first museums in the world, the Capitoline Museums are often skipped by tourists who haven’t heard of them before, and that’s a real shame. It not only has some of the best Roman art and artifacts, it also provides some of the best views of the Roman Forum and Via del Courso.
Giant Statues at Capitoline Museums
5. Toss coins into the Trevi Fountain – Throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain and you’ll ensure your return to Rome! The area around the fountain gets very crowded so it’s easiest to throw your coin from the sides rather than directly in front.
6. Lounge on the Spanish Steps – To reach the top of the Spanish Steps, take the elevator located to the left of the broad staircase. A map showing the exact location of the elevator (and whole lot more!) are part of the Sage Accessibility Guide for Rome.
7. Visit the ruins of Ostia Antica – Pompeii is more famous, but Ostia Antica is more handicapped accessible. Its location west of Rome makes this accessible Roman experience easy to visit on your way to a cruise ship or the airport.
8. Dine at sunset at an outdoor café – While Italian restaurants can obviously be found all over Rome, planning a dinner at an accessible restaurant with great people-watching and sunset views make it even more memorable.
Sunset Dinner in Rome
9. Shop in the Centro Storico – Purchasing Italian fashion is one of the top accessible Rome experiences, and the Centro Storico neighborhood is the place to do it. Cobblestones line most of the streets, but many stores have a flat entrance.
10. Take a train ride through the Italian countryside – When visiting Italy, there’s no need to confine yourself to a single city! Adding a visit to Florence, Naples, and/or Venice allows you to make the most of your trip. Reservations are required for disabled assistance on the train, and our friendly accessible trip planners are ready to help!
We plan dozens of accessible trips to Rome and other Italian cities each year, and we have learned all the tips and tricks to ensure a great trip. If you are interested in a worry-free vacation that includes all of the top accessible experiences in Rome, you can phone or email our Rome accessible vacation planners.
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