The ease of travel around Italy for the disabled
varies depending on region and city.
its winding waterways and narrow streets for example, is recognised
as being difficult and inaccessible, and because of this the tourist
board has created a variety of organised trips specially designed
for the disabled.
The capital city of Rome
can be difficult in parts to walk through because of uneven surfaces
and hills, but fortunately, its buses are designed for wheelchair
accessibility. The ground surface at the Colosseum
is also considered challenging for wheelchairs, but a lift has been
provided for easy access to the top.
When travelling by air, it is always a good idea
to inform the airline ahead of time about any special need. Practical
facilities such as a wheelchair and porter are usually provided
free of charge, and this should be noted along with your reservation.
Travellers on the Italian
railways will find them to be well-equipped to
help the disabled and a good number of Italian railway stations
travellers a reception service booked 24 hours in advance. There
which are are reserved on all Italian trains for travellers with
disabilities but the
traveller needs to be able to move from the wheelchair to the seat.
Nominated compartments in first class special wagons are fully accessible
with space for two wheelchairs and two companions and with an accessible
toilet as well.
Some ships, such as Tirrenia's ferries on their
scheduled daily lines to
Sardinia, have one or two cabins with easy accessibility for disabled
Resources for disabled travel in Italy
Accessible Italy is a private non-profit
company that helps foreign tourists with disabilities plan their
Italian vacation. Accessible Italy can help the traveller with
accommodation, tours, transportation, restaurants, disabled equipment
and special needs, accessible weddings and other useful information.
Consorzio Cooperative Integrate (COIN)
The Consorzio Cooperative Integrate (COIN)
is based in Rome and is an excellent resource for travellers with
physical, sensory or mental disabilities.
COIN provides travellers with information on Rome and can help with
transport, access, tours, vacations, architectonic barriers, guides
and conferences. COIN can also assist the disabled traveller with
contacts throughtout Italy.
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