Italy is a traveller’s treasure; it is highly impossible for one to not fall in love with this place. It is understood that when Italy comes to mind, visitors are overwhelmed by the wonderfulness of the culture, the people, the place, and the food. Italian adventure may not win medals for being disabled- friendly, but now most of the cities in Italy have made an effort to accommodate disabled travellers by including ramps at the church entrances and museums. Even Venice that features narrow alleys has attempted to build little footbridges that have made the mobility impairer’s life easier. The city has wheelchair lifts installed on the small bridges allowing easy access to major sights and almost to half of the entire city.
The hotels also have disabled-friendly rooms on the first floor ensuring easy accessibility. There are sections on Italian buses, trains, and other public transport, setting space for wheelchairs. Visitors planning to come here can enjoy their vacation even if disabled. Here are a few disabled-friendly places that have inclusivity:
- Winery: There are wineries in Umbria and Tuscany, and it is wheelchair accessible. You can contact the staff before a visit to the vineyards and wineries to ascertain that the grounds and building meet your needs of specific accessibility.
- Walking tours: This is one of the most enjoyable activities in Italy that offers an accessible visit. There are tours which you can be a part of as it is entirely wheelchair friendly. However, it is best to reserve in advance.
- Shopping: There is no room for disappointment to disabled travellers in Italy when it comes to shopping. You may go shopping, and find several shopping options in Italy are accessible to the disabled. This includes several fashion stores in Milan, Via del Corso in Rome, and Florence the outdoor leather market.
- Watch the sunset: Florence offers disabled travellers the best opportunity to view the sunset. Take a bus or taxi to Piazzale Michelangelo and get a stunning view of the city.
There are a few travel tips for the differently abled travellers to make trips more enjoyable and more accessible:
A Rebate: The Italian churches and museum offer a discount for the disabled travellers. Visitors coming from other parts using a mobility scooter or wheelchair are not asked to show documentation.
Visit places lesser-known: The famous and well-known places in Italy are highly crowded with tourists, especially in big towns such as Naples, Venice, Rome, etc. However, to get Italy’s authentic flavour, it is recommended for disabled travellers to see some small charming towns such as Verona, Siena, and Assisi.
Carry a city accessibility map: This map is handy as you can quickly get to know the accessible areas of Italy. Doing a bit of homework before the trip, allows you to enjoy the experiences of Italy.
Accessible side entrances: In Italy, many churches feature the main entrance steps, while it may not have a sign indicating accessible side entrances. However, you may ask a priest, and you will know about the accessible entrances on the side, for the disabled.