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.
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.
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.