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Ponte Vecchio al calar del sole

Florence without barriers: a day itinerary

Visit the city’s most beautiful palazzos and squares

Some of Florence’s most beautiful areas and monuments that can be visited each day: here are the monuments and the beauties of the city that are accessible to disabled visitors.

Places that are accessible to the disabled:
Palazzo Vecchio – Ponte Vecchio – Palazzo Davanzati - Duomo – Museo dell’Opera del Duomo - Palazzo Medici Riccardi – Museo di San Marco – Orto Botanico - Giardino dei Semplici - Galleria dell’Accademia.

In Piazza della Signoria you can visit Palazzo Vecchio, which is accessible; the entrance is on the left side of the building. After you pass the extraordinary Galleria degli Uffizi: entrance on the left, by way of a rather sleep ramp. The presence of a companion is necessary, even to reach the ticket office. For those who have booked in advance, the entrance is at door 1. Several rooms can be visited. At the end of the Uffizi piazza, you can reach Ponte Vecchio (it is recommended that you travel over the bridge, always staying at its centre.) Turning back, take Via Por Santa Maria, Piazza della Repubblica, and Via Calzaioli to the Duomo.

In the area of Piazza della Repubblica it is possible to deviate to Via Porta Rossa to visit the Museo Davanzati: the sidewalk has a ramp near the entrance to via Pellicceria. You must advise staff (there is no door bell) that will properly position a mobile platform at the main door: there is a level difference of 12cm to go up and a 6cm level difference to go down. The elevator (which is adequately large, and the door 80cm wide); all of the room entranceways are uneven (by a max. of 6cm). Restrooms for the disabled are located on the ground floor and the upper floor.

Next go to the cathedral: on the left side there is an accessible entrance; the inside of the cathedral is accessible, but to get to the sacristy, you have to use a step that is a few centimeters tall. In the square, the pavement is uneven. In front of the Baptistery, there is a 10cm-high step at the entrance and 5cm-high step at the exit to get to a wood platform. To exit, you must use the entrance door. The inside is accessible with assistance. A lunch break is recommended in Piazza San Lorenzo.

From via Martelli to via Cavour (difficult to travel on pavement), you reach Palazzo Medici Riccardi (entrance is located at the ticket office on Via Cavour 3, and it has three steps). The entrance for persons with motor disabilities is located at n. 1 (sidewalks with ramps). On the other side of a section of pavement with large slabs, you can reach the porter’s office to ask that the gate to the internal courtyard be opened. The elevator (located at the right of the courtyard, upon entrance – sign says ‘Percorso museale’ - press 2A) takes you to the second floor, where you may visit rooms in the palazzo, the Museo dei Marmi and have access to restrooms. The rooms and the chapel of Benozzo Gozzoli are all accessible (Cappella dei Magi is not accessible). The room of Luca Giordano can be reached by way of an elevator.

The route continues along via Cavour (a companion is recommended) on uneven pavement, to Piazza San Marco (church not accessible). Here you’ll find the Museo di San Marco: the sidewalk does not have ramps and it is narrow on the side of the church. It is recommended you sue the front entrance with assistance. Assistance is necessary also to enter the museum, thanks to the presence of a step. The inside is accessible by way for maps and elevators. In the warmer months, you can stop to rest on one of the outdoor benches in the square.

From Piazza San Marco, continue along via Ricasoli to reach the Galleria dell’Accademia, which is completely accessible, and has well-equipped restrooms. The entrance and ticket office are accessible and are located at n. 60. The following rooms are accessible: the room of the Colosso, the Museo degli Strumenti Musicali, the Galleria dei Prigioni, the room of Bartolini/gipsoteca (accessible by way of a ramp). The rooms of Trecento and Giotto are accessible, as is the bookshop. Before the stairway for the upper floor (room from the late 1300s displaying a collection of works), there is a restroom equipped for the disabled; it’s on the right and in front of the large elevator that takes visitors to the upper floor. To visit the upper floor (late 1300s until Lorenzo Monaco) there are two more stair lifts. All of the stair lifts are operating according to regulations, but remember that you may, sometimes, find them non-functioning.

In Piazza Duomo is the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (totally accessible); the entrance is located on a sidewalk with ramps in front of the main door of the museum. Finally, you should visit the Orto Botanico – Giardino dei Semplici, on via Micheli 3: the sidewalks don’t have ramps, and the entrance is slightly uneven. The garden, however, is accessible by way of a descending ramp; the external areas have gravel on the ground. There are several smell and touch itineraries in the gardens for the visually impaired, with descriptions in Braille. Audio guides and restrooms for the disabled are available.
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