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Accessible Sicily - Guide to destinations and tourist services for everyone.


"Accessible Sicily - Guide to destinations and tourist services for everyone."

Architectural barriers are a significant concern for individuals with disabilities and must be addressed when planning an accessible trip. Fortunately, Sicily is making efforts to eliminate these barriers and make tourist spots more accessible to everyone.


Some of the primary architectural barriers that individuals with disabilities might face include:

  • Stairs and steps - many tourist facilities in Sicily lack ramps or elevators, making it challenging for those with mobility disabilities to access higher places.

  • Uneven flooring - the presence of uneven surfaces, like cobblestones or paved paths, can hinder mobility for those with walking difficulties or wheelchair users.

  • Inaccessible restrooms - many public restrooms and tourist facilities lack accessible toilets and showers for those with disabilities.

  • Lack of signage - missing appropriate signage can make navigation difficult for visually impaired individuals.

  • However, many tourist facilities in Sicily are working to remove these barriers and make their services more accessible. Several organizations are also promoting accessible tourism in Sicily, offering information and support to help those with disabilities plan their trips safely and comfortably.


It's crucial for all tourist facilities and attractions in Sicily to collaborate in eliminating architectural barriers and provide accessible services for all visitors. Only then can Sicily truly be considered a genuinely inclusive and welcoming tourist destination for everyone.


Regrettably, accessibility issues aren't limited to tourist facilities but also extend to public transportation in Sicily. Although many public transport companies are striving to enhance accessibility, numerous challenges remain.

Some of the accessibility issues that individuals with disabilities might face when using public transportation in Sicily include:

  • Inaccessible transport vehicles - many public transport vehicles in Sicily lack ramps or other systems to allow disabled individuals to board and alight safely and comfortably.

  • Inaccessible stops - many bus stops and train stations lack ramps or other facilities to enable disabled individuals to access transportation.

  • Lack of accessible information - many public transport companies don't provide accessible information about routes, schedules, and fares, making it hard for disabled individuals to plan their trips.

  • Lack of assistance - many public transport companies don't offer assistance to disabled passengers during their journey, such as helping them board or alight from the vehicle.

However, many public transport companies in Sicily are working to improve accessibility. For instance, many bus routes have accessible buses, and some train stations are equipped with elevators and other facilities to allow disabled individuals to access trains.

Furthermore, organizations are promoting accessible public transportation in Sicily, offering information and support to help disabled individuals plan their trips safely and comfortably.

We're on the right track to make Sicily an accessible tourist destination for everyone, but there's still much work to be done. It's essential for public transport companies and organizations to collaborate in addressing these issues and ensure that public transportation is accessible to all visitors. Let's talk about a website, "Sicily for All," which provides essential information on the accessibility level of tourist services and facilities, allowing you to independently organize your vacation or, alternatively, book one of the organized itineraries. Also, refer to "Sicilia Accessibile," a database on accessible tourism in Sicily active since 2010, curated by the Amato Foundation. Sicily is also a partner of Bookingbility, the first portal for real-time booking of accommodation suitable for people with special needs. Lastly, for a beach vacation, check out the updated list of Accessible Beaches in Sicily.

Travel is an art form, an experience that should be accessible to everyone. Sicily, a land of beauty, history, and culture, has decided to open its doors to accessible tourism, making its natural and architectural treasures available to everyone.

From north to south, Sicily is an untouched wonder, rich in breathtaking landscapes and places of cultural and historical interest. Etna, the Roman Villa of Casale in Piazza Armerina, the Aeolian Islands, and the late Baroque cities of Val di Noto are just some of the destinations that must be on your list of places to visit.

"Sicily for All" is the tourist guide that will lead you to discover these treasures of Sicily, providing you with useful information on the accessibility of tourist services and local facilities to organize your vacation independently or by booking one of the organized itineraries. To facilitate your search, you can consult the Sicilia Accessibile database, active since 2010 by the Amato Foundation, and choose from a wide range of travel options that meet the needs of every type of traveler.

Moreover, Sicily is proudly a partner of Bookingbility, the first portal for real-time booking of accommodations suitable for people with special needs. Thanks to this partnership, you can quickly and simply book your accommodation, ensuring you find a facility perfect for your needs. If you're looking for a beach vacation, don't worry! Sicily also has an updated list of accessible beaches where you can enjoy the sea and sun in total tranquility.

Sicily is a land rich in natural and cultural treasures that cannot be missed. Thanks to accessible tourism services, everyone can enjoy the beauties of this wonderful island. Don't miss the opportunity to experience an unforgettable journey of art, culture, and nature with "Sicily for All."


Here's a list of the most accessible places in Sicily, complete with useful information to best organize your trip:

  • Palermo - The Sicilian capital has numerous accessible tourist attractions, such as the Teatro Massimo, Palermo Cathedral, and the Norman Palace. Moreover, many of the city's public transport means are accessible to the disabled.

  • Siracusa - This UNESCO heritage city offers numerous accessible attractions, such as the Temple of Apollo, Maniace Castle, and the Roman Amphitheater. Also, many of the area's beaches are equipped with services for the disabled.

  • Taormina - Known for its panoramic beauty, Taormina offers numerous accessible attractions, such as the Greek Theater, Corvaja Palace, and Taormina Cathedral. Also, many of the area's accommodations are equipped with services for the disabled.

  • Agrigento - Known for the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO heritage site, Agrigento offers numerous accessible attractions, such as Agrigento Cathedral, the Regional Archaeological Museum, and the Kolymbetra Garden. Also, many of the area's accommodations are equipped with services for the disabled.

  • Catania - The Etna city offers numerous accessible attractions, such as the Cathedral of Sant'Agata, Ursino Castle, and the Elephant Fountain. Also, many of the area's accommodations are equipped with services for the disabled.

  • Aeolian Islands - These volcanic islands are accessible via ferries equipped with services for the disabled. Also, many of the archipelago's beaches are equipped with services for the disabled.

  • Piazza Armerina - This city hosts the Roman Villa of Casale, a UNESCO heritage site, accessible via a pedestrian walkway. Also, many of the area's accommodations are equipped with services for the disabled.

  • Caltagirone - This city is famous for its ceramics and the famous blue stairs. The stairs are accessible via a ramp, allowing access to the upper part of the city and admiring the panoramic view. Also, many of the area's accommodations are equipped with services for the disabled.

  • Noto - Known for its beautiful historic center, Noto offers numerous accessible attractions, such as the Cathedral of San Nicolò, Ducezio Palace, and the Church of Santa Chiara. Also, many of the area's accommodations are equipped with services for the disabled.

  • Modica - This city is famous for its artisanal chocolate and the beauty of the historic center. The main accessible tourist attractions include the Cathedral of San Giorgio, the Castle of the Counts, and the Church of San Pietro. Also, many of the area's accommodations are equipped with services for the disabled.

  • Ragusa - Known for the beauty of its historic center, Ragusa offers numerous accessible attractions, such as the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista, Zacco Palace, and the Cathedral of San Giorgio. Also, many of the area's accommodations are equipped with services for the disabled.

  • Egadi Islands - These islands are accessible via ferries equipped with services for the disabled. Also, many of the archipelago's beaches are equipped with services for the disabled.

Remember to check the availability of services for the disabled at tourist facilities and book in advance to ensure the best possible service. Sicily is a land rich in natural and cultural treasures, and thanks to its focus on accessible tourism, everyone can enjoy these wonders without any limitations.


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