Venice is one of the most visited tourist spots in the world. Every year, countless people visit this historic city and marvel at the beauty of all the historic piazzas, take tours on the water, and explore the ancient streets.
But with all of the cobblestone streets and the bridges that have to be crossed, Venice is not the most wheelchair friendly city in the world. It becomes hard for wheelchair-bound tourists to fully enjoy the wonders the city has to offer, including the gondola rides that cross it's landscape. However, thanks to Gondolas4All, wheelchair friendly gondolas will soon be waiting for you in Venice.
A major portion of Venice is wheelchair accessible
When most people think of Venice, chances are, the first image that comes to mind, is one of canals and bridges. This is why people in wheelchairs sometimes feel intimated by the obstacles they would have to face if they were to visit. It's true that there are various waterways and bridges connecting parts of Venice to one another, but what most people don’t know, is that a major portion of the city is actually very easily accessible by wheelchair.
And yet, it’s not enough
Even with the possibility of exploring some key areas of the city on a wheelchair, a trip to Venice isn’t complete without taking a tour of the waterways on a gondola. In a city where gondolas are a major part of the attraction, those in wheelchairs can feel very much left out.
Gondolas4All Is Here
Alessandro Dalla Pieta, co-founder of the project, understood the pain of wheelchair bound tourists all too well. He saw them looking at his gondolas longingly as they went past, and could feel their sadness at not being able to explore Venice in this way.
That is when Dalla, along with Enrico Greifenberg, decided to kick off Gondolas4All, a project that would allow people in wheelchairs to board the famous gondolas of Venice.
The service will launch within the next few weeks, after gondoliers have been trained to operate the lift that has been installed in Piazzale Roma to help individuals in wheelchairs get on board.
Much More than just Water
Other than having access to Venice’s waterways, tourists in wheelchairs can also do much more during their time in the city. One of the most well-known squares of Venice, Piazza San Marco, is accessible by wheelchair. Here, people can see the St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the Torre dell’Orologio, all from the same square.
Venice is also known for its food and wine. Folks can roam the streets and try new things to eat and drink, or they can admire the local art scene that is so prevalent in Venice. And if you’re patient enough to wait in line, you should try some of the famous gelato that comes out of Boutique del Gelato.
Whatever your pastime of choice may be, you’ll probably find a great way to do it while in Venice. Whether you want to try some new food, appreciate traditional or contemporary art, or take in breathtaking views of historic buildings, Venice is a great choice for you to make for your next vacation. And if you’re someone who is in a wheelchair, you can be sure that you won’t miss out on any of the beauty, because the Venice gondolas are now waiting to take you on an iconic ride of a life time.