A Guide to Naples, Italy for Wheelchair Users

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

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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