Bon Giorno. Italy was great!
We traveled with two wheelchair users and total of eight people. I, a wheelchair user, but can walk and climb stairs short distances and Renee must always use a wheelchair.
Our experience was as follows: JFK boarding we used our own chairs to the plane. The bulkhead seats worked perfectly for us. Arrival in Rome we were greeted and taken thru the airport to be met by our driver. The Hotel Fontana ground transportation was waiting for us and the vehicle was large enough to carry all passengers, luggage and wheelchairs comfortably and at a reasonable cost. The hotel [Our Choice] was great but not completely accessible. Although they have an elevator it does not go to the cafe nor does the hotel have accessible bathrooms. That being said the staff was pleasant and very helpful and the hotel is centrally located for walking to sites.
All the sites we visited were accessible, even the Coliseum has an elevator. I would suggest a tour guide in the Vatican because they know where the elevators are, which is not the easiest to find on your own. Many sites offer free or reduced admission prices for wheelchair users and their pushers. We also took a day trip by train to Florence, trains are accessible and a pleasure but I suggest you make reservations and stress you are a person with a disability. They will make the necessary arrangements; the statue of David museum and the Uffizi are mostly accessible.
The food was terrific; most restaurants were happy to have us, moving tables and barriers for us. But be aware, many restaurants are small and are unable or unwilling to seat you. We encountered this once and had a great meal just down the street.
We had a wonderful time and Rome should not be missed, I have been there twice and cannot wait to go back.
Thanks for your help, and if I can supply any further info please contact me.”
Ann Marie Shadiack