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Accessible Italy? Yes we can!

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Italy is famous to be an ancient and rich country, full of history and masterpieces of art. But have you ever wondered how difficult is rolling on cobblestones dated back to 13th century? Or be sure that this amazing room in an old Renaissance Palace is 100% accessible? Well, don’t worry anymore! we have all the answers you need! Rome and Italy is an Italian tour operator and DMC specialized in services dedicated to people with any kind of special needs. We offer a wide range of incoming services throughout the whole Italian territory:  transfers by minivan with lift...

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Capri, Italy: Wheelchair Access Travel Tips

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This article is based on a day trip to Capri we took from Naples in May of 2014 and, to a lesser extent, one in 2006.  We also went to Rome in 2014 and wrote articles about wheelchair access in Rome, in Naples and in Pompeii; they can be found on the same website as this one. Intimate size; clear blue sky and shimmering blue water wherever you turn – sometimes the sky and water seem to melt into each other; fragrant flowers, plants, and trees; the scent of lemon; fresh air; a gentle breeze; craggy hills studded with...

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Rome, Italy Wheelchair Accessible Travel Tips

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When I found out my brother had decided to do a destination wedding in Switzerland, I was jazzed: a joyous excuse for a trip to Europe! One of the great things about Europe is that the continent is compact: once you’re there, it’s easy to sample numerous different cultures with minimal travel. The biggest challenge is choosing where to go and ensuring that you have enough time to devote to some of Europe’s treasures. For those of us who wheel, reliable and detailed information about a foreign locale can be inconsistent. While Europe does have accessibility laws, implementation of...

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Malta Island near Italy: Wheelchair Accessible Travel

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Malta is a fast growing tourist destination for European travellers  especially after the violent events that Turkey and Tunisia have recently witnessed which made the demand grow on visiting the country. The country joined the EU in 2004 and despite that joining the EU requires of the member countries to achieve a minimum level of wheelchair accessibility, Malta still has a long way to go in order to achieve this target. Getting around Malta in a wheelchair is not impossible yet there are major challenges that need to be considered by travellers before going there. This article will try...

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Naples, Italy Complete Wheelchair Access Guide

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Naples is blessed with one of the world’s most beautiful bays and coastlines, hills rugged and gentle, gorgeous sweeping vistas, and a sunny, mild climate; and cursed with an active volcano, Vesuvius, at its doorstep.  It’s hard to appreciate just how close Vesuvius is until you’ve been there.  Almost everywhere you are in and around Naples, Vesuvius looms.  It also looms large in Neapolitan history and culture. Many of the Italian immigrants to America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries came from Naples and throughout the Campania region, and much of what comes to mind when Americans think of...

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Copenhagen, Denmark Accessible Travel Tips

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I went to CPH to visit a friend for New Years, but there are many reasons why CPH is such a great city. For starters, it’s the capital of Denmark. There is a lot of history and things to do because of that. CPH sits along the coast and is surrounded by water, making it a beautiful harbour scene. I always wanted to go to a Scandinavian country because I heard how nice their cities were. I was picturing a clean and friendly city with great food and design – and that’s exactly what it was. Another reason to...

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Train Travel in Italy: Wheelchair Access

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This article is based on Italian train trips we’ve taken in 2014, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2005 and 2003.  In 2014 and 2012 Howard traveled in his Permobil, which weighs around 325 pounds (148 kg) and is around 26 inches (66 cm) wide and with the footrest in the shortened position, 48 inches (1.22 meters) long.  Howard is 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall and, when seated in his Permobil he’s 57 inches (1.45 meters) high.  On our previous trips Howard used a Quickie P110 power chair that weighed around 100 pounds (45 kg) and had manually adjustable footrests. Italy has...

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Southern Spain Accessible Property for Rent

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Casa Brazos Abiertos in province of Córdoba in Andalucia, southern Spain was awarded superior status because of the quality and the accessibility of the property. The one-level home includes access to a private pool with hoist, terraces perfect for Alfresco dining, lowered light switches, windows, wide doorways, and more. For guests who may need medical attention there is a 24 hour Health Centre in the Iznajar Village nearby. We also work closely with a Blue Badge Mobility who will deliver any specialist equipment you may need to the house. [Not a valid template] The house sits on its own 5...

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Spain Travel Tips for Madrid and Barcelona

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We spent five days in Madrid and four in Barcelona, returning for a last day in Madrid before coming home.  We highly recommend these cities as a travel destination!  They were both very accessible and easy to get around.  We used a local travel company, BCN Accestour, and they were EXTREMELY helpful!   General Tips Hotels: We highly recommend using BCN Accestour for accommodations. Having them make reservations in hotels in both Madrid and Barcelona alleviated a lot anxiety! Note that hotels make an assumption that, if you’re disabled, you will require separate beds.  If you are a couple and want one bed...

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Salzburg, Austria Accessible Travel Tips

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Salzburg in Austria has a picture-postcard setting.  The city lies next to a river in a valley in the Alps, with imposing castles looking upon the onion-shaped domes of Baroque churches, with snow-capped mountains all around. The whole city-centre, in fact, has been labelled a UNESCO site. By train, it is less than an hour away (if, after a week-long skiing holiday, you start to crave urban environments). It also makes a nice weekend trip from Vienna, which takes about 4 hours by train or less than an hour by plane (if you’d prefer a few days of respite...

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What To-Do: Family Favorites for Travel in Rome, Italy

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Tyler and I loved Rome! We wanted to see Rome because of the things we had learned about Roman history. We wanted to actually see the Colosseum where the Roman gladiators fought and walk where Julius Caesar ruled. It was much fun and more fascinating than we could have expected! Rome is a bit challenging when it comes to navigating a wheelchair through the city. There are lots of cobblestone roads and curbs without a flat transition to the streets. But it was well worth the effort to travel with and have these cool experiences with my brother. [Not a valid...

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10 Travel Tips about Access in Paris, France

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Our family traveled to Paris, France for the first time. We were there for only a couple of days but managed to see and experience a lot with the time we had. Getting around wasn’t much trouble because Tyler’s wheelchair is light-weight and can be easily stored in regular taxis. Overall, we had smooth time getting around Paris. Most tourist attractions have free admission to people with disabilities as well as one accompanying person to assist the person in a wheelchair. Traveling around Paris was fun for our whole family. [Not a valid template] Here are 10 travel tips that...

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Tour Top 7 Accessible Destinations in Spain

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There are numerous monuments, museums, nature areas, accommodations, and restaurants offering services and activities that are partially or totally accessible in Spain. Spain is becoming increasingly prepared for accessible tourism–tourism for everyone. Enormous efforts are being made to eliminate barriers and providing access to cultural and natural resources, creating standards for transport as well as building and urban planning. Book your accessible tour anywhere in Spain with BCN ACCESTOUR. Visit bcnaccestour.com or email info@bcnaccestour.com. [Not a valid template] #1 BARCELONA Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the home of Gaudi architecture. It is definitely is a very interesting...

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Hotel Quirinale in Rome, Italy

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Hotel Quirinale is located in a central location to most of Rome’s attractions. The Coliseum is about 15 minute walk from the front door. The Hotel Quirinale is on a street that has lots of shops and places to eat at. The staff is very helpful and will get you any information you need for your ventures around Rome. Entering the hotel it uses a revolving door, but the door man (who is very attentive) will fold one door back to make more room for wheelchairs/scooters. Very nice to have that. When going to the dining hall or your room,...

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Sicily Resort off the Coast of Italy

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This SICILY RESORT is the only 4 star European resort designed to provide a holiday that is barrier-free. Dedicated to those of you seeking pure relaxation and for those of you simply wanting to enjoy yourself on it’s warm, golden, sandy beaches; from the sports fanatic to lovers of culture and excellent cuisine. Come and discover one of Sicily’s most beautiful territories, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a paradise overlooking an azzure sea where summer lasts all year round. GUIDED TOURS accessible destination Syracuse and Ortigia, Catania and Mount Etna, Taormina, Modica, Noto, Valley of Temples, Ragusa Ibla.. You can go on...

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Access to Europe Train Travel: The Eurostar and Eurail

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Our European grand tour by train began at the London Gatwick Airport where we took a city train to the Eurostar Train located in the St Pancras Station. There’s an office in Gatwick Airport for wheelchair access support for city trains that will assist with making arrangements to take a train to the Euro Star Station, no advance notice required. My guess is that Heathrow Airport has the same service available. London cabs are expensive and traffic can be endless so seek out the train. We traveled on the Eurostar from London to Paris then back to London. Our...

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Czech Republic, Prague Tour with Bezbatour Travel Agency

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Bezbatour is the only travel agency in the Czech Republic that is specialized primarily in accessible traveling. Moreover, every accommodation in the Czech Republic or abroad with the seal of “Bezbatour guarantee” have been personally visited by our employees and thoroughly checked so we provide accurate information on its accessibility. They offer our services to everybody including wheelchair users, families with children, seniors or people with diets. Beside accessible accommodation, our offer includes guide services for wheelchair users, accessible sport activities or cruises on the Vltava River in Prague. However, do not hesitate to contact us with any other...

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Access at Stonehenge in the UK of Great Britain

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I grew up with a father who LOVED watching Stonehenge documentaries, so when I went to England the first time, you better bet I drove the 3 hours from where we were staying (Dover) to see the mythical and mysterious site. While it didn’t quiet reach the exuberantly high expectations set out by hours of documentary watching, it was definitely worth doing (if you have a free day in England). Just be warned you can’t actually get close to the monument and it will be crazy tourist attraction busy. As for the practical accessible aspects, Stonehenge is pretty good. ...

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Pompeii, Naples Italy Archaeological Site Access

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This article is based on a day trip to Pompeii we took from Naples in 2012.  We also went to Naples and Rome in 2014 and wrote articles about wheelchair access there; they can be found on the same website as this one. Because one’s capabilities, limitations and equipment affect the access achievable and his point of reference informs his perceptions, we’ll tell you about ourselves.  Howard has fsh muscular dystrophy, uses a power wheelchair and cannot stand or walk.  Michele is able-bodied.  On our trip Howard used his everyday wheelchair, a Permobil with a seat elevator, reclining back,...

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Rome, Italy: Complete Travel Guide

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This article is based on our trips to Rome in May/June of 2014 and 2012 with our friends Chris McCloud and Jason Shuffler, respectively, and in 2009, 2006, 2005 and 2003.  Our previous articles about wheelchair access in Rome are Rolling in Rome 2012, Rolling in Rome 2009, Vincenza Voyage, and Florence and Rome Update 2005, and Rolling in Rome 2003.  This article supersedes them, except as to Vicenza and Florence in the 2005 article.  When describing a museum, church, antiquities site or other place, we indicate the year of our most recent visit.  In 2014 and 2012 we...

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