Hotel Del Real Orto Botanico: A Wheelchair Accessible Hotel Review

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.

I spent four nights here and it was a nice change from the small, cramped room we shared in Pisa. This hotel was one of the three in which I had tour agency, Rome and Italy, make reservations for me.

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Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa, Italy: A Wheelchair Accessible Hotel Review

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.

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Venice: Wheelchair Access in the Magical City on Water

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world built on a lagoon composed of over a hundred small islands surrounded by an immense network of canals. All the Renaissance and Gothic buildings, bridges, and blue waters combine to create a magical city like no other.

It sounds wonderful, but also like it would be somewhat of a challenge to navigate using a wheelchair, right? Surprisingly, it is not as bad as you might think. Of course, the bridges are an obstacle, but there are many other areas in Venice that are wheelchair-friendly.
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Venice: Wheelchair Accessible Transportation

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.

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