There is so much to do and see in the Eternal City and, fortunately for us wheelchair users, many of the most popular sites are indeed wheelchair accessible. In some places, the accessible entrance might be in a place you wouldn’t expect and in others, you might be surprised at just how accessible some of these 2,000 year old sites are indeed.
Despite Rome being an ancient city, it is far more wheelchair accessible than most people might think. It has all the accessible modes of transportation that one could find in any modern city. Sure, sometimes they might be makeshift accommodations, but the basics are there and from my experience, people are usually willing to lend a hand with getting in and out of vehicles if needed.
I’ve been to Rome twice now and so have had the opportunity to try more than a few public and private accessible transportation options. Here they are:
I spent the last leg of my Italian trip in Rome, my favourite city. For the other cities I visited I had a tour agency make hotel reservations for me, but since I sort of knew the lay of the land from my last trip to Rome I decided to make the reservation myself for six nights.
Unless you are fluent in Italian, my experience has been that hotels there prefer prospective clients to send them an e-mail including the dates you plan on staying and what kind of room you require.
I picked this hotel because of its great location. It’s on Via Nazionale and is in rolling/walking distance of the Baths of Diocletian, Trajan’s Market, the train station, Termini, and the subway station, Metro. Still within walking/rolling distance, but a longer of walk is the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Roman Forum. It’s at least a 25-35 minute roll to those attractions. Continue reading
Naples was unlike any other Italian city that I had previously visited. It’s a conglomerate of chaotic traffic on the road, and sometimes, on the sidewalks, of the streets crowded with people milling about, of beautiful and colourful architecture, and of the aromas of Neapolitan cuisine. It takes a minute to get used to but once you do it’s easy to see the beauty of the city. Continue reading
This hotel is located in a bustling part of Naples. There were so many stores, people milling past, and a lot of traffic that I almost missed spotting the entrance to the hotel. From the outside, the hotel looks very modest, but inside, it has a rather spartan elegance to it.
From the outside, the hotel looks like it would be quite small, but I was surprised at just how spacious it was inside. Continue reading
As someone who uses a wheelchair, I have visited Pompeii twice: the first time in a adapted chair, called the Wheely Trekky and the second, independently in my own power wheelchair. I also recently visited Herculaneum in my wheelchair. In this post I will describe what it was like using the Wheely Trekky versus exploring both of the ancient ruins on my own. Continue reading
We left Venice just as rainy weather started coming in and arrived in Pisa where the sun was shining bright.
I stayed at the Grand Hotel Bonanno for two short nights.
The hotel is a ten minute roll from the Square of Miracles, which is where you’ll find the Leaning Tower and a bevy of other attractions.
I have mixed feelings about my stay at this hotel. The accessible room I booked had the accessible features I requested and the staff were very friendly and accommodating, but it was offset by a few issues.
Guest post by Laura C. Robb
It’s always exciting to connect with other bloggers who are interested in travelling and especially bloggers with whom you can discuss accessible travel. That’s why I am pleased to introduce my friend, Laura C. Robb, who encourages her readers to always live beyond their limits. She recently went on a road trip and this is her experience:
Pisa was the second stop on my quest to see as much of Italy as was possible in two and a half weeks. My main reason for visiting Pisa was to do the touristy thing and see the Leaning Tower, which I did and it was great.
For many wheelchair users, making a hotel reservation is not as simple as choosing one that looks cute, or suits their budget. Certain factors need to be to be taken into consideration, such as if the hotel has ramps, elevators, and how big are those elevators, if the accessible room has a roll-in shower, grab bars, the list goes on.