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
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.
When Venice comes to mind, images of the Grand Canal, gondolas, the Renaissance, and a spiderweb of bridges probably crops up; all things that make Venice, Venice, and at the same time, not very wheelchair-friendly. Venice was not made with accessibility concerns in mind, but fortunately it does make an effort to include all types of travellers.
I recently went to Italy for the second time and had to include Venice on this trip since I couldn’t schedule it in on the first one. Although I was only in Venice for two and a half days, the parts that I did see were, surprisingly, wheelchair accessible.
Before leaving on my trip, the only accessible modes of transportation I was aware of in Venice were water taxis and private boats. I was pleased to find out that there were a few more options.