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.

Rome Travel Guide Contents

Exterior of wheelchair accessible Rome Airport.

Airport Accessibility

Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport is the busiest airport in Italy, serving more than 40 million passengers per year.

John seated in his wheelchair in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

Attractions & Sights

Learn how to access Rome’s ancient and historic sites including the Colosseum, Vatican City and more.

Hotel room with wheelchair accessible bathroom in Rome, Italy.

Hotels & Accommodations

These Rome hotels offer guest rooms with accessibility features for disabled people.

Wheelchair accessible train in Rome, Italy.

Public Transportation

Public transport in Rome is not fully accessible, but learn how to navigate it with a wheelchair using this guide.

Accessible sidewalk in Rome, Italy.

Sidewalk Accessibility

Rome is an old city with many cobblestones, but it’s still possible to roll around with your mobility device.

Travel visa requirements for Italy.

Visa Requirements & Safety

Secure your travel visa and stay safe in Italy with these tips.