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The accessible trip to Italy of our Friend Bill:

Chapter 1

The amazing accessible holiday in Italy of our Friend Bill with his family.

He travel in wheelchair through Italy for 11 days.


CHAPTER 1: That time I fell in love with Italy!

First of all, let me introduce myself! My name is Bill, I’m 45 years old and I live in Scottsdale, TX. I work as vice director in a 5* Hotel in my hometown and I’m married to Gina since 1995. We have 2 children: Shelley and Mark, they are 17 and 8 years old. I’m an art lover, food passionate and I also like playing golf during weekends. I’m on a wheelchair since 1990 due to a terrible car accident, but since I’m a life-lover, I’ve decided that 4 wheels might be better than just 2 feet and I’ve never stop dreaming!

Since then I’ve been challenging myself with accessible travels around the world with my family, and I’ve been keeping this kind-of accessible travel diary to help disabled travellers like me, enjoying the world with no barriers! Sometimes limits are in our minds only.

On 2019 I’ve decided to travel to Italy and I’ve planned a three weeks accessible tour along the whole peninsula. I’ve always though about Italy as a beautiful place where to spend our holidays, but I felt the strong desire to book my tickets after a dinner at Alto Ristorante & bar (inside Hyatt Hotel – visit their page: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/arizona/hyatt-regency-scottsdale-resort-and-spa/scott/dining ) where I’ve tasted the best Cacio & pepe pasta ever!!! That was the spark that pushed me booking my trip!

After some researches on internet, and thanks to the advice of my trusted Travel Agent Maria, I’ve been in contact with Stefano at “RomeandItaly group “, an Italian tour operator specialized in accessible holiday all around Italy. You can visit their website here: https://www.romeanditaly.com/accessible/

After a few mail, the’ve helped me creating my holidays itinerary in Italy, following my indications and above all my budget. We’ve mixed art, culture, food and wine tours, and some activities able to involve my kids, and of course some shopping as well to make Gina happy too! They’ve helped me with all the hotel reservations, transfer services, assistant, train tickets, and of course tours. I’ve found their knowledge of the territory very helpful, and their team very professional and kind.

We departed from Scottsdale on 19th June 2019 – right after the end of the school. Me, Gina, the kids, my wheelchair and only one bag each one! Packing for a three weeks tour has not been easy, but the weather in Italy was warm and sunny, so what we really needed were some t-shirts, flip flops, hat and sun cream – and was necessary to keep some room for the souvenirs!

When I travel I need to rent some special equipment, but I did it directly on site with Stefano, so I saved space and money at the time of booking my flights. “RomeandItaly group “, offers a wide range of equipment to rent, and always include delivery and collection. I’m sure on their web you can find what you need: https://www.romeanditaly.com/accessible/rental-equipment-for-disabled/

Stay tuned with us, next Monday the next chapter of “The accessible trip to Italy of our Friend Bill” will be released

written by #Bill

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