Florence is one of Italy’s cities most worth visiting – especially for culture connoisseurs who are drawn like magnets to the world-famous artworks, colourful history that exudes from every nook and cranny, and architectural triumphs including the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio.
For travellers with reduced mobility, however, it is important to be up to date about the status of the local disabled access. Holidays with Can Be Done always include highly accessible hotel accommodation, so that gives you one thing less to worry about – but how easy or hard is it to go sightseeing?
The Most Accessible Sites in Florence
Chances are that you will want to see some of the priceless works of art on show in the Uffizi Gallery (which houses amongst others the Birth of Venus by Botticelli) and the Accademia (the home of Michelangelo’s David). If you do, you’re in luck: both of these renowned museums offer free admission to disabled guests and one companion. When you reserve your tickets (I recommend you do this beforehand), simply mention that you have special needs.
Entering the Accademia by wheelchair Can Be Done by using the ramp at the exit, whereas the Uffizi Gallery’s ramp is located in the northeast corner of the courtyard, closest to the Palazzo Vecchio.
From the Accademia it is easy to explore the flat city centre, which includes sights like the Ponte Vecchio, the Santa Croce church and the spectacular Duomo. Don’t miss out on the outdoor leather market near the Medici Chapels, which is great for shopping and easy to visit in a wheelchair. The square in front of Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, is flat and hosts some incredible Roman statues.
If you are looking for an amazing panoramic view of Florence, I recommend you get an accessible taxi up to the Piazzale Michelangelo – bring your camera, you won’t regret it!
A Note on Some of the Challenges
When you are about to visit Florence with reduced mobility, it’s also helpful to be aware of some of the challenges you might encounter. The small cobblestones or large paving stones that make up most of the city centre can be a bit uneven at times, and there are hilly streets south of the Arno River which may be best avoided by asking us to arrange an accessible taxi for you.
I recommend you avoid taking a bus, as there are few and they can’t always cater to your reduced mobility needs. The Duomo and the Campanile have no lifts so cannot easily be ascended.
For excellent advice and arrangements regarding Florence’s disabled access, holidays can be arranged with my team at Can Be Done. We have more than 31 years’ experience in catering for special needs, so tell us what you need and we’ll make sure every member of your party has a truly relaxing and fulfilling holiday.