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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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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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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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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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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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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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Residenza Farnese Hotel in Rome, Italy

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The hotel Residenza Farnese is a great little place located in the middle of Rome, Italy.  Within walking distance to every major attraction, you could always find something to do.  The building has been adapted to accommodate people with disabilities with an elevator and ramps.  They have automatic doors to enter the building but no lowered counter.  They have a small conference room in the back and they do breakfast buffet from 7:30-10:30 daily around the corner from the elevator. There is only one room that is available to people who need a roll in shower.  That room is #308...

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Sicily, Italy Adventure by Wheelchair

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Travelling has always been a big part of my life. So it is no wonder, that after leaving the hospital in February 2012 I started thinking about it almost straight away. How would I travel now being using a wheelchair? After checking all the technical issues of travelling with a wheelchair and successfully accomplishing my first flight to visit my family, it was time to plan an actual trip. Countries and islands of Mediterranean Sea have always been one of my favorite destination for a trip. There are many islands to explore and one of them is the Italian...

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Italy, Sicily Travel: Accessible Tour

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Situated at the southern tip of Italy in the Mediterranean, Sicily is a diverse island of extremes. Its history stretches back more than 3,000 years and as a strategic crossroads for southern Europe, it has the legacy of various civilizations which have influenced its way of life, culture, architecture and cuisine. The island is like a vast museum, a testament to the historic Mediterranean civilizations. Sicily’s breath-taking natural beauty includes incandescent volcanoes that light the night sky, miles of golden beaches, a stunning mountainous coastline and clear blue seas – perfect for all water activities. Whatever your interest, there...

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Venice, Italy: Wheelchair Travel Tips

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Handicapped accessible travel to Venice is about so much more than just finding a hotel.  Many disabled tourists only see a very small percentage of Venice because they’re not aware of everything that they can do.  To make the most of your trip follow these 10 Keys to Success for handicapped accessible travel to Venice Italy. 1.    Get away from the tourists – Many visitors to Venice take a picture in St. Mark’s Square, visit the San Marco Basilica, and then head towards their cruise ship or another Italian city.  While it’s true that they have been in Venice, they haven’t really experienced Venice   In St....

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Rome, Italy Accessible Travel Tips

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The eternal city is not famous for its accessibility, but a lot of work has been done in the last twenty years, although we’re still far from calling Rome “wheelchair friendly.” Main problems are hills (Rome is also known as the “seven hills town”), cobblestones (that we call “sanpietrini”), and lack of accessible transports. However, I think that people in wheelchairs can enjoy many wonderful days here if they choose a central accommodation in order to avoid using Metro to reach the main attractions (city center stops are not accessible). Today the most of the buses show the wheelchair...

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A Cruise to France, Italy & Spain

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The Liberty of the Seas is the second biggest ship in the world, just behind the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. It measures an impressive 339 meters in length, has  6500 m2 in surface space and has the capacity to transport 5700 people (4300 passengers and 1400 crew members). Saturday: Barcelona, SpainThe ship left at noon from Barcelona’s harbor and for one hour access to the cabin is not possible. So with this time try to eat something and to get to know a bit the ship, which has 15 floors! The Windjammer dining room...

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Top 25 Accessible Experiences in Italy

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On my first visit to Italy with my wheelchair, I visited the places that I had always heard about: Milan, Venice, Florence, and Rome.  St. Mark’s Square in Venice, the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and the Colosseum in Rome are just a few items that every disabled traveler should have on their travel list. On all my subsequent accessible travels through Italy, I made a point to get off the beaten path to find authentic (and accessible!) Italian experiences.  It was off the beaten path where I found many of my favorite accessible Italy experiences:  watching the sun set...

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Rent a Wheelchair Friendly Apartment in Rome, Italy

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Situated at the heart of Rome, at a five minutes distance from the intimate, peaceful and magnificent surroundings of the Coliseum, these two newly-developed adjacent apartments on the first floor of an antique and prestigious palace feature, among other things, comfort, silent and peaceful nights and serenity with a doorman at your service. They are side by side separated by a wall and have individual entrances but share the same Roman courtyard, with its traditional and antique look and a doorman at the front that guarantees our hosts cleanliness, a valid help and security. Both multiple families, couples or...

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