For the urban peculiarities and its artistic patrimony, Venice is universally considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is included, together with its lagoon, one of the UNESCO world heritage sites: this factor has contributed to the fact that Venice has the second highest tourist flow of all Italian cities, with a large amount of the tourists coming from outside of Italy.
Venice is made up of 121 islands linked by 435 bridges and at first glance this splendid city seems difficult to pass through and to enjoy for people with reduced motor ability.
In reality, thanks to an efficient public transport policy and to other initiatives launched in the course of the years of Communal Administration, the level of accessibility is much higher than what you would imagine. The lack of auto-mobilistic traffic makes Venice an “amicable” city, particularly liveable for all.
For the purposes of adding value to all the city’s possibilities and to allow a greater number of people to move and live upon this “great island” the City of Venice has launched a vast communications and awareness campaign. The objective is to spread information as far as possible, demonstrating the numerous opportunities offered.
To find out more, visit the following section on the city website: Venice, a city for everyone [IT].
We often think of Venice as one huge “architectural barrier” and therefore as not being very accessible. However, thanks to the public transport service and various projects carried out by the local council Venice is far more accessible than you may think. The main problem is that not enough people are aware of this. The aim of these pages is to diffuse accessibility information about Venice, in particular about the routes to the university campuses that are suitable for people with motor disabilities, in wheelchairs or with difficulties in walking who prefer to cross as few bridges as possible.
Each recommended route involves taking a water bus. The water bus routes may undergo variations so we recommend checking the current routes and timetables in the ACTV website.