Italy in a wheelchair

Jul 23rd, 2006, 01:53 PM
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Despite the 7 hills, the centre of Rome is relatively flat. The colosseum has a lift as do some of the museums and the centre should be relatively easy to push round. I must agree about Venice, though - he would miss a lot, adn probalby find the whole experience very frustrating, as would you.I bet there is some good info on the net if you try one of the search engines. In the UK there is something called the "Disability Alliance" which may help.
Very good luck to you both.
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 04:50 PM
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Larry, Both the pictures and your trip report was excellent.I will use all this info. when my husband and I decide where we go in the lake region. You are also from Mass. and your wife a teacher. We have a lot in common, as I am a retired teacher.Go Red Socks!!!
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Jan 14th, 2007, 04:56 PM
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I work for Collette in Sales. Italy and Europe really as destinations are difficult for individuals that are in wheelchairs and have difficulty with mobility. I would recommend not going, unless you absolutely are deadset on it. In Rome for example, city laws don't allow drop off in historic areas such as the Colloseum. That is why there are long walks sometimes to get to those attractions. It doesn't matter which tour operator you go on, there will be challenges. Even traveling independently you will have difficulties, much more than on a coach. Because with a tour you have a tour guide that can tell you what you can and can't do, and find the best solution for you. Request rooms that are on lobby level. You just have to accept the fact that some attractions you will probably miss. ie, Florence walking tours, Pompeii. Just make sure prior to booking that you ask questions about the hotels you'll be staying in, pace of the tour (look for tours with more multiple night stays). Have you ever thought of a cruise? You won't see as much, but it would be alot easier on you.
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Jan 21st, 2007, 10:11 PM
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Who told you that? In Via di San Gregorio at 30 meters from Colosseo there's a place where a few cars can park, and there's absolutely no problem in stopping the car and dropping people. The problem is that the road to get to Colosseo is ancient, and if you have small castor wheels you can capsize, but if you have bigger castors and go slowly there's no problem at all. There's even a lift to get on Colosseo.
I'm roman 47 years old and wheelchair bound, OK maybe it's not as easy as an american city, but do you think roman disabled get stuck into their houses? All museums are accessible. Just do not choose a hotel close to the station since it is above a hill, chose something around Via del Corso or Saint Peter which are flat.

Regarding Venice, yes it's difficult. But there's a trick. When you arrive to a bridge (and there are a few bridges with lift) get to the closest "vaporetto" stop (the boat n1 and n.87 are accessible) and go to the stop after the bridge.

Here's info regarding Venice Accesibility

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Jan 21st, 2007, 10:16 PM
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Sorry vaporetto n. 1 and nr. 82 are accessible.
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 01:05 AM
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Nice one buassard, I'm glad you came along after those ridiculous comments from the Collette rep...

I was going to point out that, while not perfect access-wise, Europe does have several million residents with disabilities of all types who lead perfectly good lives, and we can assure you that they go on holiday all over the place.

That Collette rep was really condescending - oh you poor dear, just park your wheelchair on a ship deck and sit and watch the waves with your blanket tucked round you and someone looking after you, don't be all uppity and think you can have a city holiday like 'normal' people.

Tommyrot. Venice will probably be more hassle than you want on a holiday (although I'm sure there must be some disabled Venetians) but everywhere else is fine.As for rooms on lobby level, well, most hotels do have lifts, but I'm sure you thought of this yourself!
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 01:07 AM
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'with a tour you have a tour guide that can tell you what you can and can't do'

No wonder I never go on tours. Bloody cheeky guide telling me I can't do stuff?
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 06:32 AM
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Well, the fact is that I do want to leave my disability win, if I want to go somewhere I go, I plan ahead of course and I'm willing not to have everything perfect.

When I travel abroad I go with my wife so the small difficulties (a high kerb for instance) are not a problem. I always found easier to travel on my own, since when I went with travel agencies I always had troubles.

Naturally I'm roman and I know how to cope with some difficulties in Rome, but I do like getting into downtown and having a stroll on my wheelchair from Colosseo to Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps (of course I don't climb steps lol) and all Rome. I usually arrive in Piazza Venezia with my car, I park and go around...if when in Rome you see a mad guy on a wheelchair with an mp3 singing Led Zeppelin songs that's me...

Rome is not too big, at least the turistic spots. If you find a hotel in Via del Corso or around (and have enough money since Rome hotels are very expensive at London levels), you can go anywhere without taxi. Even Saint Peter is not too far , about 1-1,5 mile I would estimate from Piazza Venezia.
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 06:15 PM
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Well, my trip is planned for this spring. I am going to the lake regions in Northern Italy. My husband and I are renting a car. We are staying in each location for 3 days. Yes, I will be bringing both a wheelchair and a cane when and if I need them.I traveled in Germany 6 years ago with my family ( 2 grown up boys and husband) and did just fine.Where there is a will there is a way.I can't wait for the excellent food and beauty of the lakes.Grazie
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