Special Care

Florence offers a lot of things to do in a concentrated area, making it attractive for visitors with reduced mobility, though it has some challenges too. We offer specific assistance for accessible Florence.

Florence is a small city with lots to see: most of the tourist attractions in Florence are concentrated in the center of the city within walking/rolling distance of each other. In most cases, mobility-reduced travelers will not have to find accessible public transportation to get around town. Nearly the entire city center is filled with Renaissance architecture so even moving between attractions is time well spent.

We have carefully considered routes that are wheelchair accessible, and also are aware of some special benefits available to you, such as the ones listed below.

Free museums: The two most popular museums in Florence, the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia (which houses Michelangelo’s David) provide free admission to a disabled guests and one companion. It will be my pleasure book any access in advance and double check any aspect of the visit with care! Disabled visitors should enter the Accademia by going up the ramp at the exit. At the Uffizi Gallery there is a ramp on the northeast corner of the courtyard, closest end to the Palazzo Vecchio  (Via della Ninna).
Please note that reservation is required for this free admission, and I will be happy to take care of this for you.

Flat city center: the city center of Florence doesn’t have any hills. In a guided half day tour we can comfortably cover the Accademia in the north, the Ponte Vecchio in the south, Piazza Signoria and lots of quaint little squares and alleys.

Cobblestones and paving stones: most parts of Florence’s city center have small cobblestones or large paving stones, as well as very narrow sidewalks, which can be challenging for wheelchair users and otherwise abled visitors. I will be at your complete disposal to choose the smoothest and most accessible sideways and avoid large crowds!

Outdoor accessible shopping:
The outdoor leather market is located on the street that runs to the north of the Medici Chapels. The booths are easy to visit in a wheelchair.

Free statue viewing!  Piazza della Signoria square (in front of  Palazzo Vecchio) is a true open-air museum! It has numerous Renaissance statues that you can visit for free including the Rape of the Sabine Women, an equestrian statue of Cosimo I, and a copy of Michelangelo’s David.

If you need to rent a wheelchair: Arciconfraternita of Misericordia, right in Piazza del Duomo offer free wheelchair rental for the day according to availability. We will be pleased to call in advance (+39) 055-212222 to make your request!

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