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.
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.