Accessible Florence: Museums, Churches, and public spaces

accessible_fi17/02/2010: The city of Florence, in collaboration with the association Cittadinanze - Turismo senza Barriere, has just updated the pamphlet “Luoghi d’arte a Firenze per tutti” - Art areas in Florence for everyone - which provides a list of the city's museums, churches, and public spaces of historic interest and the degree of accessibility that each has. The superintendant of tourism says "This guide has been developed with not only the otherwise-abled in mind, but also for other users such as the aged or mothers with strollers." The pamphlet consists of a textual guide that is meant to be used in conjunction with a separate map. It is a rather detailed description of any barriers that one might encounter in each location, such as a step (with the height listed) or uneven pavement, and on the other hand assistance available (such as the presence of staff on site or a ramp). The pamphlet also notes that some of the museums have a special section for the blind; these include the Alinari photography museum and the museum of the last supper at San Salvi. The pamphlet on accessible Florence museums is currently only available in Italian (you can download the italian pamphlet here) but the press release announces that it will be soon translated into English. I will update this post with the English link and information when it is available.