Travellers with Disabilities

Cobblestones, narrow streets, obstructed footpaths and unruly traffic make Naples a challenge for travellers with limited mobility. Furthermore, many older buildings in the centro storico do not have lifts. In those that do, lifts may not always be wide enough for wheelchairs.

Some efforts are being made to make Naples more accessible. Wheelchair-friendly ramps, lifts and toilets are common at museums and train stations, and while many restaurants are not yet completely wheelchair friendly, most will try to accommodate guests with disabilities (consider calling ahead).

Some city buses (including the R2) have extra-large central doors, access ramps and dedicated space for a wheelchair; these are marked with a wheelchair symbol. Numerous hydrofoils and ferries are also wheelchair friendly; reserve your ticket in advance to ensure that your vessel is compatible. Some taxis are equipped to carry passengers in wheelchairs; ask for a taxi for a sedia a rotelle (wheelchair). If travelling by train, ring the national helpline 199 303060 to arrange assistance.

Italy's official tourism website (www.italia.it) offers a number of links for travellers with disabilities. Another online resource is Lonely Planet's Travel for All community on Google+, worth joining for information sharing and networking.

Accessible Italy A San Marino–based company that specialises in holiday services for people with disabilities. This is the best first port of call.

Sage Traveling (www.sagetraveling.com) A US-based agency offering advice and tailor-made tours to assist mobility-impaired travellers in Campania and beyond.