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Context Travel is sensitive to the obstacles facing travelers with mobility limitations. Most of the cities we visit are very old, harking back centuries or even millennia, meaning one must grapple with layouts that can date back to Roman or Medieval times and are often dotted with potholes, cobblestones and various other pitfalls.  Museums, churches, monuments and archaeological sites vary greatly in their degree of access, ranging from fully accessible to completely inaccessible.  People who use wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes and crutches are likely to face a myriad of difficulties – ranging from uneven sidewalk surfaces, steep terrain and lack of curb ramps, to parked cars and motorcycles blocking the way, to tiny or malfunctioning museum elevators and inaccessible restrooms.

Despite these obstacles, Context has been able to accommodate travelers with a variety of mobility disabilities, including electric wheelchair users, through a range of services via our mobility program. Our staff is equipped to provide pre-booking assistance and guidance to visitors with mobility concerns, in order to plan personalized walks that fit their individual mobility limitations.

In keeping with the spirit of our services, we have put together resource lists for wheelchair rental in our various cities.  The Italian cities in which we operate face their own unique challenges, from the bridges in Venice to the cobbled streets to Rome.  While some museums do provide foldable wheelchairs, their quality and availability can be variable and limited to that particular site.  The following is a list of pharmacies and medical supply stores that provide wheel chair rentals. Please note that most rentals have a minimum of at least 15 days and include a returnable deposit. While we have put together this curated list, we cannot provide detailed pricing information, as that is subject to change, as is availability.  We strongly encourage you to reach out to these vendors directly for any questions of concerns in regards to wheelchair rental.

Rome


SANCO
Piazza A. Meucci, 6 – (+39) 06.5594526
euro 2.50 a day minimum 15 days
foldable wheelchair (different measures depending on weight)

ORTHOMED
Via Lampedusa, 6 – (+39) 06.8181838
minimum 15 days : foldable wheelchair
Can be returned earlier

M.A.S. SpA
viale Regina Margherita, 158 – (+39) 06.8552834
deposit needed
foldable wheelchair

Florence

 

GUALTIERI CENTER ORTOPEDIA

Via Alderotti , 67 – (+39) 055.4360386

ORTOPEDIA PAOLETTI
Via Scipione Ammirato, 29R – (+39) 055.677007

PERMOBIL DISTRIBUTION
Via Tartini, 5D – (+39) 055.360562

 

Venice

 

Sanitaria ai Miracoli
Cannaregio 6049 – (+39) 041.5203513 

Sanitrans
Cannaregio 1091/a  – (+39) 041.5239977

 

Naples

 

Ortopedia Petta
Via Calata di Capodichino 181 – (+39) 081.7510412

 

For those in need to electric scooter rental, we recommend Lea, a company based in Reggio Emilia that ships all over Italy. Scooter are very simple and they come with an instruction manual. They are electric (battery charger included).

They currently lend the following type of scooter, the Romeo:

1. weight 73kg (excluding battery) m 1.30×0.64×1.15. Can carry person up to 159kg.

Comments

14 Comments on “Where to Rent a Wheelchair in Italy”

  1. Shlomo Reichani

    Hello
    I am a handicapped person that plan to go to Rome on June 7th for 5 nights. I need to rent a scooter
    and I saw your blog and contact LEA for renting possibility. I wonder if you can help me since I can’t
    speak Italien . The ROMEO type of scooter is ok for me,I just wanted to know the cost and if its possible .

    Regards

    Shlomo Reichani

  2. Jessica Stewart

    Dear Sholomo,

    We would be happy to help you. I’ll pass your comment along to the Italy team who will reach out to the service in the coming days and email you with details.

  3. Michael Harrington

    We are planning a trip to Venice arriving October 2 and leaving for Madrid on the 6th where we will spend October 6 and leaving there on the 10th for Barcelona where we will be for the nights of October 10,11 & 12 leaving on a cruise out of there on the 13th. We do not speak Italian or Spanish and would like to inquire as to the cost of one of the Romeo type of battery operated chair.

    Sincerely,
    Michael Harrington

  4. Jessica Stewart

    Hi Michael,

    You should be able to write to Lea in English at the following email address and ask your questions: leausili@leausili.it. Even though the website is in Italian, they do have rental agreements in English and so the staff is equipped to handle English speaking requests. Enjoy your trip and if you need assistance with tours in either city, do email us at info@contexttravel.com.

  5. Nolortopedia

    Good Morning all,
    we rent whhelchairs all over italy.
    Our customers can rent a chair in rome, and give it beck in venice.
    Minimun rent period is 7 days.
    If you need a wheelchair in italy, and wish to have more indormations, send us an email at info@nolortopedia.com ora visit our website at http://www.nolortopedia.com/c/1/noleggio-carrozzine-noleggio-sedia-a-rotelle-carrozzine-per-disabili-e-anziani

  6. Barbara Rivera

    Looking for information for rental fold-up wheelchair, delivery and pickup at Rome hotel 28.09.2013 to 10.10.2013. Please provide cost per day and other requirements and availability.
    Thank you.

  7. Keith Logan

    I am an above-the knee amputee and walk with a prosthesis. I can only walk distances of less than 1km. I plan to visit Rome, Florence and Venice in October and am interested in renting a scooter with 3 or 4 wheels (a two-wheeled scooter is out of the questions due to compromised balance. What are my options?

    I am traveling with 3 able-bodied individuals who will be walking (pedestrians). What are the rules regarding driving 4-wheeled scooters? Are they driven where pedestrians walk? Or are they driven in traffic? Please advise. Cheers.

  8. Jessica Stewart

    Hi Barbara,

    This post was written as something purely informational to give resources on where to rent wheelchair. For specific pricing and quotes, please reach out to the vendors listed directly. They should have no problem answering in English.

  9. Jessica Stewart

    Hi Keith,

    You are best to inquire with Lea, which rents electric wheelchairs and scooters that can be delivered throughout Italy. They will be able to advise you about your options and regulations and will be able to respond to your request in English. http://www.veicolielettricilea.eu/

  10. Petra

    I would like to rent an electric scooter for a dissable person in FLORENCE between the 14/ 17 th FEBRUARY 2014. Can anybody recommend me something.

  11. Jessica Stewart

    Hello Petra, the companies we recommend are listed here and should be contacted directly, but you might also try searching the Disabled Travel Network for other information: http://www.globalaccessnews.com/

  12. Meryl natelli

    I want to rent s medcal scooter in Seopt. What can yuu do?

  13. Jessica Stewart

    Hi Meryl, you will need to contact one of the vendors listed on this page directly for information. Thank you and enjoy your trip!

  14. Ramona Henke

    Hi!

    I am looking to renting a collapsible scooter in Italy. This is for April 22nd through April 29th, 2014.

    Please advise. Thank you !

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