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The level of accessibility to the tourist sites in Florence is definitely good. Most of these sites are accessible, while very few museums - due mainly to historical features of the buildings - are  inaccessible.

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For all the other information about the accessibility in museums and churches of Florence (but also descriptions, timetables, booking procedures), kindly check the section called
Places of interest in this website. There is a specific section about the details of accessibility. If you prefer you can also find the same information, for the download  in this pdf document.

It is undeniable that, like many other places full of history, the historic centre of Florence may present some objective difficulties for visitors with reduced mobility: moving from one place of interest to another it is not always so easy (in the oldest area of the city, sometimes the sidewalks are narrow, the surface of both the streets and the sidewalks are not always linear).

Blind tourists will be aware of the place where they are through plastic models (tactile maps) in the center of Piazza Repubblica. “Living Florence” Braille publications are also available with reproductions of some of Florence’s significant monuments: it is possible to collect them at the information points at Piazza Stazione, or receive them by mail, still for free, by e-mailing your request to touristinfo@comune.fi.it

Free admissions for disabled people?

In many places of interests, admission is free of charge for both the disabled person and his or her companion. More specifically, in all the museums of the State Museums (advance booking, free of charge in this case, is recommended especially for the most important museums: the Uffizi, the Accademia Gallery, Pitti Palace), in the civic museums (advance booking is also recommended for the Museum at Palazzo Vecchio). In the complex of Santa Maria del Fiore (Cathedral) and other monumental churches with admission tickets (Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo), both the disabled person and his or her companion are entitled to free entry. For all the other museums, kindly check their respective websites, also through our section called “places of interest”.

Tourist guides

If you want to be assisted by specialized tourist guides, kindly see this list, which show the various disabilities for which a special qualification has been obtained.
 
Tactile paths for blind people

The tactile maps located in the center of Piazza Repubblica is very useful for a first orientation in the city center.
Recently the Museum of the Cathedral (Opera del Duomo) inaugurated a new tactile section, with reproductions of some masterpieces (or details of masterpieces) of the museum (Michelangelo's PIetà, Gates of Paradise of the Baptistry etc.) and a model of the whole monumental complex of Santa Maria del Fiore.
You can find a rich series of proposed itineraries in he State museums at this link. Remember, every 1st friday of the month, free guided tours for the disabled at the Uffizi. Need to reserve:  capiservizio.uffizi@polomuseale.firenze.it
The Florentine Civic Museums and
MUS.E Association offer a series of tools  guided tours and activities for visually-impaired and blind, hard of hearing and deaf visitors.  For information and reservations: tel. +39 055-268224 e-mail info@muse.comune.fi.it
Among the various sections of the Museum of Natural History of the University of Florence, there is a tactile path in the section called Geology and Paleontology, and a tactile and olfactory path at the Botanical Garden.
Moreover, tactile tours are also organized by the Archaeological Museum of Florence (information: +39 055 2357717 sba-tos.segreteria@beniculturali.it), at the Marino Marini Museum (also including a path in the adjoining Sacello del Santo Sepolcro, Shrine of the Holy Sepulchre), at the Museo Galileo and at the Horne Museum.

Finally, in the surroundings of Florence, worth mentioning is the Museum of Glass in Empoli, where a tactile path accompanies visitors to learn about glass processing through several materials and objects to be touched.

3rd December

On the occasion of the "International Day of People with Disability" every year on December 3rd a series of guided tours for the disabled is organized by the State museums. For further info: uffiziaccessibili@beniculturali.it

 

 

Published: 31/3/2014

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