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Accessible Rome - Other Museums
Accessible Rome: Getting around Rome in a wheelchair, for the disabled traveler. Read Wheelchair Travel for some basic information.
Accessibility at some of the other museums in Rome: Palazzo del Quirinale, Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Palazzo Braschi, Palazzo Altemps.
Palazzo del Quirinale
The Palazzo del Quirinale is the equivalent of the American White House. It houses the president of Italy and also several parts of the government. Open only on Sundays, this is a pre-eminent Italian tourist attraction. The language you hear standing in line is Italian.
To get to Palazzo del Quirinale take a cab to the Piazza del Quirinale. If you do not take a cab, be prepared to push up one of the steepest hills of Rome.
The wheelchair visitor to Quirinale is separated from their group and under armed guard is taken through a long hallway, then up a modern elevator. When you exit the elevator pay attention to the sketches on the walls. They are 18th century pen and ink drawings of Rome. These are the pictures that you see reproduced in every tourist shop, but these are the original. You rejoin your group at the top of the stairs.
The entire public tour of the Palazzo del Quirinale is accessible to the wheelchair visitor. Plus that little added bonus you get from the wheelchair entrance.
Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
Palazzo Doria Pamphilj is located not far from the Largo Argentina (two blocks up the Via del Plebiscite). There are three steps into the Galleria. Then you use the extremely small elevator (as in the Borghese Gallery) where you cannot ride with your wheelchair. You transfer from your wheelchair to a chair in the elevator. The elevator goes up, you transfer off the elevator chair onto another chair. The elevator goes down, your folded wheelchair is brought up and you transfer from the chair into your wheelchair.
The admission is free if you visit within three days of going to the Borghese Gallery. Keep your Borghese ticket for admission to the Doria Pamphilj.
The Palazzo Doria Pamphilj was a noble Italian family residence and now houses a great art collection. The audio tour is narrated by the current Pamphilj scion who tells stories of how he and his sister used to roller-skate on the parquet floors which had been waxed with wax from bees kept on the family estates!!
Palazzo Braschi is south of Piazza Navona is the Palazzo Braschi. There is one step into the main floor, then elevators throughout the collection.
There are a number of great pieces of 19th century art. When we were at the Palazzo Braschi there was an exhibition of the working sketches and models of the Four Rivers fountain by Bernini. I now understand something about the process for making a monumental sculpture (for example, getting the proportions right so that the humans don't look grotesque).
North of Piazza Navona is the Palazzo Altemps. Like the Palazzo Braschi, there is one step into the museum. This is the only museum in Rome where I found the staff to be singularly unhelpful. They looked at me with a "what do you want me to do about it?" expression when I approached the museum and the single step. Finally someone went and found a portable ramp. This was the only museum where they had a ramp, although I have asked at many. Sometimes a place will have a ramp, but it is not wide enough.
This collection concentrates on images of Rome throughout the ages.
Slow Travel Photos - Accessible Rome: Photo essay to go with these pages.
© Mary Murphy-Hanson, 2005
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