Contrary to what we usually think, attention to everyone’s needs and, in particular, to accessible tourism is wide spreading in Italy too. We’ve already seen some examples, from North to South, including the islands. Today, our “virtual tour” stops in Apulia, “Italy’s heel”. A region rich in history, art, postcards landscapes, culture and – not a bad thing, indeed- culinary tradition. Hence, everything you could wish for your holiday!
The official web portal or the Apulia Region tourism has a section fully reserved to accessible tourism, where you can find info about how to move, where to sleep, where to eat, events and monuments that are accessible to everyone (including our pets!). Furthermore, there are also some “for all” itineraries, to discover and enjoy the treasures of this region without worrying about accessibility.
Bari, the Apulia county seat, has made accessible to people with motoric disabilities not just its airport and railway station, but also important monuments such as the St. Nicola’ Basilica, the St. Sabino’ Cathedral, the Swabian Castle and the Province Gallery. Also, the old town centre (“Bari vecchia”) presents a path that’s accessible to people with motoric disabilities. But they thought about visually impaired people needs too, with a “light path” enabling them to safely enjoy the city centre.
When you say “Apulia”, you immediately think about Baroque and, first of all, Lecce. This wonderful city is always more accessible as well, thanks to an itinerary including monuments with artistic value such as Porta Napoli, the Cathedral, the Carmine church, St. Oronzo’s square (which is only partially accessible), the Theatines’ monastery (accessible with assistance) and Carlo V Castle. Going outside the city, you can enjoy the beauty of the Rauccio’ park, the Cesine’ oasis and beaches equipped to guarantee accessibility to everyone. You can also find accessible itineraries for Otranto, Gallipoli, Ostuni and many more “pearls” of this magnificent region.
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