Posted September 15th, 2008, 12:59 PM
The cable car in Santarini is not only 10 steps but in an enclosed space and the steps turn halway up. Looked more like 20 steps to me. We took the tender over and had a light lunch on the small port area. I use a manual chair when traveling. I have since learned that taxis are available on the opposite side of the island where the tenders for shore excursions go. If we are in Santarini again I plan on either talking to special needs to explain why I need that tender stop or just book the cheapest excursion offered. Once on the island we'll grab a taxi to tour with and make sure to be back for the an excursion tender for returning to the ship.
I didn't bookmark it but if you google Capri, cable car, wheelchair, handicapped there is information on how to ride it. I think the younger age and probable smaller chair will help. We did a week's vacation on Capri when I was still in the army so other than nostalgia no real need to do it again.
Villefranche is very difficult as there are small tenders from shore used. Once on land the streets are almost terraced up to where you could meet a driver and car or taxi. We were there when the Cannes Film Festival was going on 20 kilometers to the west and Monte Carlo was closed to vehicular traffic past the outer ring for the Gran Prix 15 kilometers to the east. LOL We had a delicious lunch on the boardwalk area and strolled the beach area above the beach. Be forewarned, your son may be fine with this as the beach to the right is mainly topless, shapely young mothers with small kids and teenage girls. The benches were filled with off duty crew members from Asia trying hard not to conspicuously stare.
Livorno is a mixed use port that requires passengers to be driven off the port. When we were there in May 2004 they had one shuttle bus with a lift doing a circular drop off into town with 3 regular buses. Livorno does have some areas with curb cuts. We lived in Rome from 84 to 87 so other than a short trip into Rome in 2006 I'm not up on Florence and Pisa. Italy now has many paraplegic societies that work on access issues including the new bridge in Venice and keys for lifts there. I'd call the Italian Embassy in Washington and ask for the Tourist Bureau. They'll then give you the number, normally in NYC, for the official government tourist office. They can help with a lot of questions and most these places will send you info packets. The Vaticon Museum is accessible and if you go to the Spanish Steps area that is fairly all pedestrian area so sidewalks and lack of cuts shouldn't be a big problem. You should be able to reach the Pantheon this way.
I did the Acropolis in 2006 and WOW, must do. Print off the directions cited elsewhere on this forum as many taxis still don't know where to go. Haven't been to Barcelona yet but have friends who have. Plan a lot there as it is fairly easy to get around.
It will be HOT everywhere you go in August. If cooling is a problem be prepared and carry bottled water. I have floam tires for travel due to cobblestones and possible blow outs. If he uses air bring extra inner tubes and check his tool kit when flying. TSA confiscated mine although it technically is medical related. Keep an eye on his backpack at all times and carry the minimums in it due to petty thieves. Gypsy kids see that as a challenge and think your family's crown jewels are in it--cameras, video cams, iPods, etc.
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