Introduction to Wheelchair Accessible Rome
Rome is the Eternal City, the capital of Italy, and one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Its ancient Roman ruins, the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon and more feature at the center of tour itineraries that attract tens of millions each year. The Vatican City state, located just across the River Tiber, also draws millions of visitors each year — its wheelchair accessible Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and an opportunity for disabled people to meet Pope Francis are hugely popular.
Given Rome’s truly ancient history (it has existed for millennia!), there are plenty of accessibility challenges for wheelchair users — cobblestone streets and sidewalks, a largely inaccessible subway system, and a lack of barrier-free access to many buildings are commonplace. Despite the barriers that do exist, I have taken multiple trips to Rome and Vatican City as a wheelchair user, relying on public transportation to get around, while rolling tens of miles along the city’s sidewalks. Using this guide to wheelchair accessible Rome, Italy, you can plan and build an accessible Roman vacation.