Rome’s history spans 28 centuries, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. The city’s early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans, and Sabines. Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as the birthplace of Western civilization and by some as the first ever metropolis. Beginning with the Renaissance, almost all the popes since Nicholas V (1447–1455) pursued over four hundred years a coherent architectural and urban programme aimed at making the city the artistic and cultural centre of the world. In this way, Rome became first one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance, and then the birthplace of both the Baroque style and Neoclassicism. Famous artists, painters, sculptors and architects made Rome the centre of their activity. Rome wheelchair access is good, not great, but good. The historic nature of the city imposes many access restrictions, but it is those same historic aspects that motivates much disability travel to this city of history and legend.
Attractions and Opportunities
Central Station is “Roma Termini”. It was recently reorganized to be modern and adequate for the requirements of large and various customers. The station is placed in a central zone and it is very well connected with the old town centre and with the most important tourist attractions of the city.
The station has a service center called CAD ( Assistance Center for Disabled Travellers). CAD can provide you with ticket information as well as the reservation of handicap seats in the train. Moreover you can request for personal assistance to help you get in/out of a train and/or the station, take you to a connecting train and take you up or down the stairs in wheelchair lifters or elevators. For more information:
- Ferrovie dello Stato–Information bureau 147888088
- Ferrovie dello Stato–Lost property office 0647306682
- Ferrovie dello Stato–Disabled Assistance Centre Roma Termini 064881726
- Ferrovie dello Stato– Roma Termini Telephone device for the hearing impaired DTS 0647306245
- Ferrovie dello Stato– Disabled Assistance Centre Roma Ostiense 0647305066
- Ferrovie dello Stato– Disabled Assistance Centre Roma Tiburtina 0647307184
- Website: http://www.trenitalia.com
If you need to reserve a taxi, here are the numbers to call:
- Assotaxi 800-980.094
- Cosmo la Capitale 064994
- Prontotaxi 066645
- Radiotaxi 063570–0663898
- Radiotevere 064157
- Samarcanda 065551
Some of Rome’s busses are accessible, and unfortunately they only run on a few routes. Also much of Rome’s city centre has very narrow streets that busses are not able to drive on. The accessible busses have a ramp that the driver can extend to reach the curb. Get the driver’s attention as the bus approaches or press the blue button shown in the image on the right. When you want to get off the bus, press the button in the space next to the wheelchair spot.
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