Sicily was almost always off-limits to travelers with disabilities. However, new laws require establishments to have bathrooms and other areas in order to facilitate wheelchair access, and more and more B&Bs are refurbishing and keeping the needs of the differently abled in mind. Most buses are now equipped to accommodate a wheelchair, as are the newer trains, but many historical sites are still inaccessible, such as Erice or Segesta. In this guide, wheelchair accessible sites will be pointed out -- often you need to book a tour guide at the site beforehand to show you around.
We recommend that those with disabilities consider visiting Sicily on an organized tour specifically geared to provide assistance, which is vitally needed.
Access-Able Travel Source (tel. 303/232-2979; www.access-able.com) offers a comprehensive database on travel agents from around the world with experience in accessible travel; destination-specific access information; and links to such resources as service animals, equipment rentals, and access guides.
Many travel agencies offer customized tours and itineraries for travelers with disabilities. Among them are Flying Wheels Travel (tel. 507/451-5005; www.flyingwheelstravel.com) and Accessible Journeys (tel. 800/846-4537 or 610/521-0339; www.disabilitytravel.com).
British travelers should contact Tourism for All (tel. 0845-1249971 in the U.K. only; www.tourismforall.org.uk) to access a wide range of travel information and resources for disabled and elderly people. Accessible Accommodation offers accessible accommodations listings via its website, www.accessibleaccommodation.com, or call tel. 0208-1441278.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.