Bologna is a main hub of northern Italy for culture, business and gastronomy, a must-visit accessible tourism destination. Find out your holiday lettings in Bologna on and start exploring the city rolling under its porticoes. Let’s go, four-wheeled travelers!

Accessible Tourism in Bologna

Bologna porticoes nominated as Unesco World Heritage

The city of Bologna is extremely easy to reach by car, train, bus or plane, thanks to its position at the crossroads of the main communication ways between Italian and European north-south routes. This is one of the strong points for those traveling by wheelchair, who can comfortably take advantage of any urban and extra-urban transport (further information at the end of the article).

One of the first things that fascinates every traveler as soon as he steps in the city are its porticoes. One of the most characteristic architectures of this city, which unite and protect humanity of all age, gender, race, religion or political belief, so much so that it has prompted the local administration to ask for its inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage.

While UNESCO is evaluating their inclusion among the World Heritage Sites, tourists continue to call it “the city of porticoes”. In fact, almost all of its streets are bordered on one or both sides by. There is no other city in the world that has as many arcades as Bologna.

If the omnipresence of porticoes is immediately evident – the network extends for about 40 km just within the historic center – the variety of typology is equally evident. It is impossible to find out two identical stretches as you can see in a 15 minute walk below them. Many of them are well-paved which are easy to roll on; anyway beware to street slope, because you may not find an exit passage at the same level as the road which you should go back for.

Except for the longest portico that leads to San Luca, they were not born according to a specific plan, but as building abuses tolerated to increase the housing volumes within the city walls during the troubled medieval period. Originally built by wood, today only a small part remains a few steps from the towers.

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Getting around in Bologna

Like any self-respecting accessible tourism destination, Bologna can be reached quite easily by any means. Once you arrive in the city, you will have various adapted public transport options available.

By plane

About a dozen kilometers far from the city center is the Bologna Airport “G. Marconi”. In accordance with European law regarding passengers with reduced mobility and the company services provided by the BLQ Airport, reserved parking is available, assistance for boarding and disembarking and many other dedicated services. On the Marconi Airport‘s website you can find out all information for disabled travellers.

By train

The central railway station of Bologna is one of the most important Italian railway hubs, which some direct connections with abroad also pass through. The assistance service for disabled travelers managed by RFI is available to support boarding and disembarking, as well as the ticketing.

By car

Bologna is connected by an efficient motorway network along which you can find many accessible restinng areas. For more information, visit the Autostrade per l’Italia website.

By bus

The urban and extra-urban bus transport service is managed by TPER company. Unfortunately not the entire fleet of city buses is adapted, anyway it is possible to know in real time if the bus that is arriving at your stop is equipped to get on board a wheelchair by Hellobus SMS service.


The fleet of adapted taxis is managed by CO.TA.BO or C.A.T., primarily available for people who move by wheelchairs or use walking aids. The service is active 24/7 every day of the year and can be requested by phone or via Web.

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Accessible Tourism: where to stay in Bologna

On you can find even holiday lettings accessible to four-wheeled Guests. Take a look at Debre Mariam, a bed and breakfast located on Bologne hills. You will experience a stay at the ancient Ronzano Hermitage compound, run by resident political refugees: it offers an accessible accommodation located ad the 2nd floor, reachable by staircase equipped for people on wheelchairs.

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