ITALY NEWS

Culture Without Barriers

Making Italy's art more accessible
(issue no. 102/2009 / May 21, 2009)

A new website serves a different kind of art lover. Accessible at www.disabili.com, the site offers information about an array of special services available to disabled persons who want to visit Italy's art cities and admire their treasures.  


The site highlights accessible museums and temporary exhibits, region by region. However, many of Italy's museums are still not barrier-free environments and fail to meet accessibility standards, lacking ramps or lifts as well as informational panels in Braille for the visually impaired. Restrooms and corridors are often too narrow to accommodate wheelchairs. Thus the online guide is designed to help would-be visitors prepare for their journey by providing information about both accessibility and lack thereof.   


 In addition, the site features a list of barrier-free hotels, reviews of services, agencies and associations that specialize in barrier-free tourism, and information about natural, cultural and enogastronomical itineraries organized especially for the disabled tourist.

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