In this week’s post we recommend 10 accessible plans in Rome for people with reduced mobility.
Visit one of the seven wonders of the modern world
The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater in the world and the most representative monument of Rome. Legend has it that the souls of the gladiators were trapped in this place…
The Coliseum Archaeological Park has adapted its facilities as far as possible. Consequently, visitors using wheelchairs can visit many of the emblematic buildings of Ancient Rome.
The great amphitheater has an elevator that connects the first and second levels. Also, it is possible to borrow a wheelchair at the reception office.
Visitors can also find an adapted bathroom on the first level.
Explore the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Formerly, the life of Roman citizens developed around the Roman Forum. Do not miss the opportunity to look through this authentic window to the past.
The ancient heart of the city is found in the same Colosseum Archaeological Park. Another representative place is the Palatine Hill, where Romulus founded Rome.
There are accessible routes to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. These consist of several elevators. However, it is true that there are some limited sections with quite a slope to reach the top of the mountain.
Behold The Creation of Adam
Vatican City stands out with one of the most beautiful squares in the world and its imposing St. Peter’s Basilica. It also houses some of the most important works in Italy, such as Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
The Vatican Museums website provides a map with the barrier-free itinerary. We recommend that you download it and take it with you, as it indicates where the lifts, ramps, adapted bathrooms, cafeterias and the routes you must follow are located.
Get to know the Pantheon of Agrippa
The Pantheon in Rome is an unrepeatable masterpiece of architecture. It is excellently preserved despite the fact that it was built between the years 118 and 125.
The monument is located in a cobbled square, so it can be more difficult to navigate the surroundings. Its interior is accessible through a ramp. However, we advise you to consult the Welcome Desk beforehand about your special needs.
Say hello to the cats of Largo di Torre Argentina
In the Largo di Torre Argentina, Julius Caesar was assassinated, and the remains of the four oldest temples in Rome lie there. In addition to being a site of incalculable historical value, it is quite popular as a cat sanctuary.
Accessibility is very limited, as there are stairs. However, you can approach the square.
Discover Piazza Navona
Many visitors agree that Piazza Navona is the most beautiful in the Italian capital. The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, stands out in the center. At the ends of the square are the Fontana di Nettuno and the Fontana del Moro.
Enjoy incredible views from the Quadrighe terrace
The upper part of the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II has a panoramic terrace with the best views of Rome. It is possible to access it through elevators.
The entrances to the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II and the National Museum of the Palace of Venice are also equipped with lifts for wheelchair users.
Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain
Throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain has become an almost essential ritual for tourists. Legend has it that if you throw a coin, you will return to the city.
It is true that you must go down a few steps to get as close as possible to the fountain. You can always ask your companion for help or carefully toss the coin from a distance.
Go to the Piazza di Spagna
The Piazza di Spagna is unmistakable for its staircase. At first it may not seem very accessible, but you can go through part of it.
The difference in level between Piazza Trinità dei Monti and Piazza di Spagna can be bridged thanks to an elevator or a stairlift located at Vicolo del Bottino. Near Via della Croce you can also find an adapted toilet.
Have an ice cream
If the weather is favorable, we recommend that you try one of the star products in Italy. Roma ice cream has less sugar and fat. Also, it is very tasty!
Tell us, what other accessible plans would you recommend?
Sources: Parco Archeologico del Colosseo, Musei Vaticani, Pantheon Roma, Vittoriano e Palazzo Venezia, Roma Capitale Portale Istituzionale