Wheelchair Accessible Rome Attractions and Tours for Limited Mobility

Wheelchair-user in the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Colosseum - Rome, Italy

Rome is filled with unique attractions and sites, many of which date back several millennium. This richly historic city flocks visitors every year for the world-famous Colosseum, historical monuments, Vatican City, and the stunning architecture. The food, shopping, and culture is top-tier as well.

Is Rome Wheelchair Accessible?

Rome is somewhat accessible. Many of the top attractions and sites provide great access for wheelchair-users, such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, and Vatican Museum.

With it being an ancient city, there are barriers and challenges to be aware of. The cobblestone streets, albeit doable, can be difficult to navigate due to rougher, uneven, and damaged surfaces in particular areas. It is inconsistent from street to street. Additionally, Rome is quite hilly with steep areas, which can be challenging to maneuver for wheelchair-users.

But don't be discouraged. It is not only possible to visit Rome in a wheelchair and have a wonderful trip, but many others have done just that. The challenges are worth the visit to this spectacular city.

Wheelchair-user on cobblestone square in Rome
Wheelchair-user exploring Rome

Quick Tips for Visiting Rome in a Wheelchair

Here are some quick tips to get the best out of your trip.

  • Book centrally located accessible accommodation. This will help with reducing the amount of traveling you would otherwise have to do. Check out our list of the top 8 accessible accommodations in Rome, many of which are centrally located.
  • Consider using the buses in Rome. According to ATAC, Rome's public transport service (and one of Europes largest), 98% of their "bus fleet is equipped with boarding platforms and a wheelchair area to ease travelling for persons with mobility impairments." Utilizing the bus system is one of the best ways to get around if you want to go across the city or want a break from navigating the terrain in your wheelchair. Learn more by going to ATAC's official website.
  • Stick to the main streets as much as possible. These are better maintained, wider, and ultimately have more accessible sidewalks. The side street and alleyways, which are often uneven and bumpy, can also be very narrow.
  • Plan your itinerary and routes ahead of time. Once you know where you'll be staying, plan out the attractions and activities you want to see and take a look at the bus routes. Additionally, take a look at walking routes on something like Google Street View to get an idea of the terrain. Have a detailed itinerary of how you will get to your destination, as Rome can be difficult to navigate due to the large, intricate streets of the city.
A bus going down the street in Rome, Italy
Bus in the street - Rome

Is the Rome Metro Wheelchair Accessible?

According to ATAC, "all metro stations are accessible to passengers with reduced mobility with the exception of metro line A stops..."

The Metro A line stops that are without stair lifts to the platform:

  • Spagna
  • Barberini
  • Repubblica
  • Vittorio Emanuele
  • San Giovanni

You can search stations and it's accessibility and station equipment by going to ATAC's website. Click "travelling on the metro" and scroll down to "Find Your Station."

Wheelchair Accessible Rome Attractions

Rome is one of the best European cities for seeing historical, world famous sites. The ancient city is full of well preserved monuments. Let's discuss the ones that are accessible.

The Colosseum

Wheelchair user viewing the Colosseum. An accessible attraction in Rome.
Colosseum in Rome

The Colosseum is wheelchair accessible and tickets are free for one individual with a disability plus companion. The three entrances have ramps and an elevator is available to go up to the second level, making the Colosseum fully accessible for wheelchair-users. On the first floor, there are accessible restrooms available.

Three wheelchairs are available for use if needed. Head to the reception/security office on the first level to use one.

The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Wheelchair user exploring an accessible Vatican Museum in Vatican City.
Vatican Museum in Vatican City

Home to an extensive collection of timeless masterpieces, this iconic institution invites you on a captivating journey through art and history. From Michelangelo's breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel to ancient sculptures and the best Renaissance paintings, each corner tells a unique story.

The Vatican Museums are accessible for wheelchair-users with adapted facilities along the way. There are a few areas that do not allow power-wheelchairs, however, you can opt to use one of the museums manual-wheelchairs free of charge. It is free entry for individuals with a disability. Find more accessibility details by clicking here.


Pantheon is an accessible attraction in Rome
Pantheon building

Located in Piazza della Rotonda, this iconic structure traces back to 27 B.C. Initially crafted as a Roman temple, it has been a Catholic church since 606 AD, and continues to serve this purpose today. The monument stands as the best-preserved ancient building in Rome, with its unreinforced concrete dome claiming the title of the world's largest. Architecturally and engineeringly, it is a masterpiece, and for centuries has served as a timeless inspiration for architects.

The Pantheon is very wheelchair-accessible and entry is free!

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain - an accessible attraction in Rome
Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain stands as a splendid testament to Baroque artistry. This grand masterpiece, completed in the 18th century, is a captivating fusion of mythological symbolism and architectural brilliance. Adorned with intricate sculptures and cascading waters, the fountain is one of the top attractions to see in Rome.

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica is an accessible church and attraction in Rome
St Peter's Basilica

This marvelous church is in Vatican City is the largest in the world. Built in the Renaissance architecture style, it was designed by a cohort of renowned architects, including Michelangelo and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The construction spanned over a century. The iconic dome, an enduring symbol of the basilica, was completed under Michelangelo's guidance. The sheer size and elaborate decor makes this church a must-visit.

A few of the highlights include St. Peter's Tomb, the Chair of St. Peter, Baldacchino, La Pietá - and so much more.

The church is accessible. There is a ramp entrance on the right side of the colonnades, accessible restrooms, and elevators throughout. For more detailed information on this church, view their official website.

Piazza Navona 

Street artists in the Piazza Navona square in Rome, an accessible area for wheelchair users
Street artists at Piazza Navona in Rome

Piazza Navona is a captivating public space that boasts not only a vibrant ambiance but also a rich history dating back to the 1st century AD. Built on the ancient Stadium of Domitian, the square retains it's original elliptical shape. There are magnificent fountains, including Bernini's iconic Fountain of the Four Rivers, streets artists, and a bustling energy. Piazza Navona has witnessed centuries of Roman life, evolving from a sports arena to a bustling marketplace. Surrounded with restaurants, cafes, and vendors, Pizza Navona is a nice spot to grab a bite.

Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo - a wheelchair accessible fortress attraction in Rome
Castel Sant’Angelo

Located along the Tiber River is Castel Sant’Angelo, or Castle of the Holy Angel, initially built as a mausoleum in the 2nd century by Emperor Hadrian. The structure was converted into a fortress in the 14th century and served as refuge during the middle age time period, primarily for the Popes. During that era and beyond it was also used as a prison, courthouse, and papal residence. Today, Castel Sant’Angelo is a museum open to the public.

The ancient fortress is made up of five levels. Elevator services are available upon request with limited resting spots inside and limited accessibility throuhgout. However, you can still go to the top level via elevator and enjoy immaculate views of the city. There is a cafe onsite that is also wheelchair accessible.

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is an attraction in Rome - 20% accessible for wheelchair-users
The Roman Forum - ancient ruins

The Roman Forum served as the heart of political, social, and commercial activities during the Roman Republic. It was considered the most significant and influential forums, holding numerous important events such as elections, criminal trials, public meetings, marketplace, and even gladiator matches prior to the Colosseum construction. Many historians believe that this was used as early as 500 B.C.

Excavations continue to happen to uncover more about the ancient ruins and Roman civilization. Today, this expansive area now welcomes visitors to explore the ancient remnants of old structures, temples, and civic spaces. The entrance has an elevator to take you down to explore the ancient ruins. Wheelchair accessibility is limited to about 20% of the grounds, which can be uneven and difficult to navigate. I'd recommend taking a tour and renting an all-terrain Joëlette wheelchair to make it easier. We cover this in our tour section below.

Rome Tours for Limited Mobility

One of the best ways to see Rome in a wheelchair is to do an accessible guided-tour. In this section, we will provide four tour options that are perfect for individuals with limited mobility. These include some of the top attractions and sites in The Eternal City.

Highlights of Rome - City Tour

Capturing photos on a Rome tour for limited mobility
Wheelchair-user on "Highlights of Rome" tour

This guided tour, led by a professional guide, will take you to some of the most famous sites in Rome. These sites include:

  • Trevi Fountain - perhaps Rome's most iconic structure. Created in the 18th century, the fountain is a classical example of baroque architecture.
  • Piazza Navona - an ancient stadium that is now a quintessential Roman square filled with Renaissance churches, elegant cafes, and trendy art galleries. One of Rome's most beautiful squares.
  • The Pantheon - an ancient religious site that dates back to 27 B.C. and is the most preserved monument of ancient Rome.
  • Piazza Colonna - a charming Roman square where you’ll find the famous Column of Marcus Aurelius.
  • Piazza di Spagna - another Roman square where you’ll encounter one of the most sought-after places to visit: The Spanish Steps. You don’t have to climb the stairs to enjoy the view! This is also the best spot to shop for souvenirs.

Accessibility Information:

Adaptive equipment is included and can be used independently or assisted
Accessible bathrooms at multiple stops during the activity
Includes wheelchair accessible transportation - pickup/dropoff
Guides/staff members have experience assisting people with disabilities

Colosseo and Roman Forum Visit

Wheelchair-user and companion posing with The Colosseum in the background
Wheelchair-user and companion in front of The Colosseum - Rome, Italy

Embark on a captivating full-day guided tour through the heart of ancient Rome, exploring two iconic landmarks: the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Your knowledgeable guide will explain information and facts along the way.

  • The Colosseum is wheelchair accessible. It has a ramp entrance, accessible restrooms on-site, and an elevator to reach the second floor, where you can look down at the Colosseum and view the city.
  • The Roman Forum was an ancient marketplace that later housed many important buildings of the old Roman government and was influential in Roman social and political life. At the entrance of the Roman Forum, an elevator is available to take you down to explore the ancient ruins. However, it's important to note that only approximately 20% of the grounds are wheelchair accessible once you reach the lower level, and there are no accessible restrooms on-site. We can arrange an all-terrain Joëlette wheelchair rental for you for an extra charge.
  • You'll also stop by the Arch of Titus, the Arch of Constantine, and the Imperial Palaces, located on the top of Palatine Hill. You'll get up the hill by accessible van, and the floors are paved.

Accessibility Information:

Guides/staff members have experience assisting people with disabilities
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Accessible bathrooms available at every place of the activity
Optional adaptive equipment is included and can be used independently

Vatican Museums Tour

Wheelchair-user exploring a Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy
Wheelchair accessible tour of Vatican Museums - Rome, Italy

This accessible private, guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel will introduce you to some of Rome's most famous works of art.

You will tour the Vatican gardens and several rooms within the Vatican; appreciating its art collections, luxurious marble candelabra, and sixteenth-century frescoes by Botticelli, Rosselli, and Michelangelo.

The Sistine Chapel will be your next stop. It used to be private to the pope and is now a famous landmark visited by people worldwide that can be accessed by elevator. Once inside, be sure to look up and marvel at the ceiling: it holds Michelangelo's spectacular "The Last Judgement" fresco, painted between 1535 and 1541.

The tour finishes with a visit to the monumental Basilica of Saint Peter, the largest church in the world, and a stroll through the iconic St. Peter's Square.

Accessibility Information:

Guides/staff members have experience assisting people with disabilities
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Accessible bathrooms available at every place of the activity
No adaptive equipment included

Final Thoughts

Although the infrastructure of Rome isn't as widely accessible relative to other major cities, it is worth the trip. With the right planning, tips, and knowledge, wheelchair-users can have a wonderful trip. You just can't experience so much ancient Roman history like you can in this city. The well preserved sites and deeply rich past make it a bucket-list destination.

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