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Rolling Rains report:The Gluten-Free Guide to Italy

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Country visited

Italy

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Venice

Month and year of visit

June this year: 2015

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

The World’s most beautiful city is Venice
But for tourists – we are a menace
And they wouldn’t survive there without us.
There’s a water, getting – about bus
One may buy tickets from Actv
Either multi or single journey.
It’s a card charged up like a “key”
Disabled pay reduced fee
And their companions travel for free.
So can one do Venice in a wheelchair?
No, some walking is needed to be fair.
The problem- most bridges are stepped
Your companion must be strong and adept.
Venice is sinking they say, so take care
We must see it while it’s still there.
(I admit it’s a challenge in a wheelchair).
The only way that I could do it
Was being able to walk a bit.
Getting on and off the water bus boats
On first, off last – the higher it floats.
On the flat, go, adopting a stoop
With vigilance avoiding the dog poop.
At night few back alleys have lamps
And very few bridges have ramps.
Fellow cripples, your visit to enhance,
Your companion asks for disabled entrance.
About your experience you’ll want to talk
If you are able to do a bit and walk.

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Country visited

Italy

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Stresa lake Maggiore

Month and year of visit

June this year; 2015

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

Stresa’s a beautiful lakeside town
A resort of international renown.
Apart from pleasant walks by the lake
There are excursions and boat trips to take.
Staying on Lake Maggiore, from Stresa
A boat trip takes one to Isola Bella.
We viewed the Palazzo and gardens with style.
No wonder they call this place the belle isle.
The palace, so grand, complete with a throne
More statement of wealth and power than a home.
Filled with paintings of very high quality
The family motto here ? – Humility!
From Stresa to go to Milan we were keen
By train -tickets from Machiavelli’s machine
With one of those touch screens (I’d kick it)
The station is manned but no one sold tickets
At the time most tourists wanted to travel.
(The machine doesn’t take notes, we marvel!)
At “Central” we took metro line M3 down town
To see the sights and just wander around
We took in a museum or two (for example)
Until our return train was just cancelled.
In Stresa Ice cream’s in plentiful supply
Many restaurants with Italian food to try
For anything else (no need to get shirty)
Remember it’s closed from noon ‘till two thirty.
Here, there’s no such thing as a quick queue
There’s far, far too much talking to do.
In the morning near mountains it’s likely to rain
But it won’t be long ‘till it’s sunny again.
One can drive up the mountain to Monterone
For a spectacular views over lake Maggiore.
In Verbania the gardens of Villa Taranto,
(A Saturday afternoon seemed quite slow).
Go around at your leisure - no need to rush
There’s an orchestra hiding ‘neath ev’ry tenth bush.
For wheel chair pushers there’s “up” except
Where they say there aren’t steps, there are steps.
There are mozzies galore in this arboretum
With few swallows and swifts there to eat ‘em.
However, other birds abounded that day
Rooks, sparrows, blackbirds, a wren and a jay.
The flowers and gardens here are beautiful
Be aware that the paths are fairly vertical

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Country visited

Italy

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Menaggio Lake Como

Month and year of visit

June this year : 2015

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

In Menaggio itself, the scenery’s excellent.
But its mozzies ignore insect repellent.
As Thor’s hammer resounds around each mountain
The humidity rises again and again.
There are many things to do in Menaggio
Take the ferry on the lake (fifteen Euros).
One can then go to several destinations.
(This will require complex explanations.)
The crews are all helpfull and very pleasant
Provided one's patient and the weather is clement.
To Varenna across the lake with cafés.
It’s flat along the lakeside for hot days.
For a beautiful town, there is one place to go
And, of course, it is called Bellagio.
In the gardens, of Villa Carlotta (palazzo)
We attended a concert by soprano/ piano.
Accompanied by blackbird obligato
And percussion from a cicada concerto.
The villa has excellent accessibility
Paths are steep relying on pushers' agility.

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Country visited

Italy

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Rome

Month and year of visit

August 2014

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

But wrong year to Barcelona trip. Anyway it's Rome, nice place, bad food, scam restaurants and lots of challenges but on the other hand all non-private museums and placed are free-to-access for handicaps and you get pass the lines, like Colosseum and Vatican.

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Country visited

Italy

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Lake garda

Month and year of visit

August 2015

Mobility equipment used

Manual transit wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

Torre del benaco is very wheelchair friendly lots of stone ramps that are blended in next to steps so it doesn't look 'disabled' the ferry that takes you around the lake was wheelchair friendly, the loos are not specifically for the disabled so unless you can transfer to crutches or sticks quite tricky but, enough of them. If you want to get off at any of the little ports, a ramp is always available. Everyone was extremely helpful in this beautiful place. Thoroughly enjoyed 4 days there with my husband.

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Village for all – V4A® is the International Quality Brand Hospitality for All. Our Mission is to guarantee an "everybody holiday”.

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Seable Social Enterprise focused on providing #accessible holidays and adventure experiences for visually impaired people and wheelchair users
Seable Social Enterprise focused on providing #accessible holidays and adventure experiences for visually impaired people and wheelchair users

Accomable Italy
Accessible homes, apartments, swaps and holiday rentals available for this country

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Accessatlast.com 'making life accessible' accommodation options for this country

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Native Hotels - We are a group of journalists, developers and professionals of tourism specialized in promoting accessible tourism

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Taxis
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Equalitas Vitae: Spanish provider of accessible tourism but with lots of useful information about accessible hotels, accessible transport accessible activities et cetera. The information is in Spanish but the language can be changed to English or French on the upper right hand side of the page.

Tour operator
We aRomeandItalygroup Italiay basedre specialized in providing incoming services tailor made for wheelchair users in Italy