Sardinia has little infrastructure to ease the way for travellers with disabilities: few museums and monuments are wheelchair accessible, though some do have special exhibits or tours for the blind and those built with EU money have ramps. Many shops and restaurants have steps to enter. Footpaths are generally well maintained, though the access to many of the island’s more remote beaches is on rough, off-road dirt tracks.
If you have an obvious disability and/or appropriate ID, many museums and galleries offer free admission for yourself and a companion.
Rete Ferroviaria Italiana provides assistance for train travel; two dedicated telephone lines are active between 6.45am and 9.30pm daily. Visit Rete Ferroviaria Italiana’s information page for people with disabilities and reduced mobility (www.rfi.it/rfi-en/For-persons-with-disability) for full details of services offered and barrier-free stations.
Metrocagliari and Metrosassari tram services and Cagliari's CTM buses are wheelchair accessible, with barrier-free stops and stations.
Only about 10% of ARST buses are wheelchair-accessible, so to guarantee a wheelchair-accessible service, it’s necessary to contact the regional transport company at least 48 hours in advance. For more information, visit arst.sardegna.it/orari_e_autolinee/servizi_per_disabili.html. You can also try emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your needs.
Ferries are generally wheelchair accessible, but it's best to check ahead when you book to make sure the boat in question can accommodate your needs.
If you are driving, EU disability parking permits are recognised in Italy, giving you the same parking rights that local drivers with disabilities have.
Accessible Travel Online Resources
There’s a list of accessible beaches at www.santeodoro.com/en/news-blog/sea, with more information on the ‘Sea for All’ project, including all participating beaches here: www.disabili.com/viaggi/articoli-viaggi-a-tempo-libero/spiagge-accessibili-in-sardegna-dove-trovare-sedie-job-e-passerelle.
Tourism without Barriers (www.turismosenzabarriere.it) Has a searchable database of accessible accommodation with couple of options in Sardinia.
Prima Sardegna (www.primasardegna.com) Offers accessible tours.
Disabled Accessible Travel (https://disabledaccessibletravel.com) Has a couple of adapted tours in the Cagliari area.
For more information download Lonely Planet’s free accessible travel guides from lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.