Accessible Bologna Tours

The city of Bologna is famous for the different possibilities that it offers and known not only for its cultural and artistic heritage, but also for the architectural one, with myriad of fortified towers and 38 km of the spectacular Portici (arcades). ...

These last ones will be present in the list of the Italian candidates to become World Heritage of the year 2020.

The main attractions of the historical center, the best-preserved medieval heart in Europe, are easily visitable even for disable tourists. Comfortable ramps of access allow the entrance at the Basilica of san Petronio and at the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio the first, only and centralized, site of the most antique University of the occidental world. Right now, is one of the vastest Italian Municipal libraries.

Bologna has recently joined a European project whit the aim of making the city accessible for everyone who has got motor or sensory problems like deaf or blind people. Presently, two city areas have been counted usable with paths studied taking consideration of the architectural barriers.

A place to visit, but also to taste, with a cuisine that continues to keep high gastronomic tradition popular in the world. Tortellini, tagliatelle, lasagna e salsa al ragù (the notorious “Bolognese”) sounds like music in the ears and especially tease food lovers’ palates.

Without forgetting to try a sweet ice-cream and to visit the Gelato Carpigiani museum, headquarter of the machines that are protagonists of the success of home-made gelato shops, and, at the same time, “University of Gelato”, with visitors from all over the world.

However, this year Emilia-Romagna put under the spotlights even Parma, the Italian capital of Culture for the year 2020. You can’t miss the Monumental Complex of Pilotta with the Farnese Theatre and a very interesting National Gallery. The Cathedral and the Baptistery are also astonishing, even if specific solutions for people with disabilities are being designed and some spaces are not accessible yet it’s worth a visit from outside.

The early Christian monuments and the spectacular Byzantine mosaics, situated in Ravenna, have been nominated from UNESCO in 1996. For the Basilica of San Vitale and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia there are alternative routes for people with disabilities.

The completion of the historic Renaissance center of Ferrara marked the birth of modern town planning. It is a real jewel to explore, but it is necessary to reconsider the access to the Estense Castle according to one’s artistic interests. On the contrary, it is highly recommended to enter the Cathedral Museum, which is part of the system of the Civic Museums of Ancient Art, consisting mainly of works originally exhibited in the Cathedral.

There is no doubt that food and wine tours are also considered to be excellent in this region. Seeing first-hand the cultural heritage and the charm of the production of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar DOP, to understand why Parmigiano-Reggiano has been considered the King of Cheeses for 9 centuries or to taste directly in a production cellar excellent local wines such as Sangiovese, Lambrusco or Albana, are essential experiences.

Anyone who is passionate about engines will understand that “Emilia-Romagna Terra di Motori” (Emilia-Romagna Earth of Motors) is not just a catchphrase but a wonderful adventure to discover the factories and museums of Ferrari (Maranello), Lamborghini (Sant’ Agata Bolognese), Maserati (Modena), Pagani (San Cesario sul Panaro) and Ducati (Bologna).

So, what are you waiting for? Come here to discover an open, accessible and accommodating region under all points of view!