Where can you learn scuba diving, eat great food, drink great wine and enjoy beautiful cultural heritage and….a volcano?
Well, that’s in Sicily and Seable is the agency for you. In collaboration with charity organization L.I.F.E. (Life Improvement for Everyone) Seable organizes adapted activities for the full Sicilian experience: culture, sports, nature and food.
Specialized initially in accessible water sports for travellers with mobility and sight impairment, the agency offers tailored tours for single travellers and groups in one of the most beautiful Italian regions.
The offer that Seable presents for Sicily is tailored for travellers who are blind or visually impaired. It includes the accomodation, transport, activities and someone to accompany you all the time, making it the perfect choice if you want to travel with family and friends, but also if you want to travel on your own.
The choice is yours: from a visit to tactile museum to experience historical and artistic heritage, to getting close to the Etna volcano (yes, you read right), to learning scuba diving, windsurf, horse riding, with the fundamental complement of local food and wine (and even a workshop on how to make your own oil!).
Yous senses will be overwhelmed with the perfumes of a land full of passion, perfect to discover all year round: in Sicily the winters are mild and warm weather starts as early as May and goes on often until the end of October.
What are you waiting for? Check out their website and remember that with the discount code EVERYWHERE Seable will also give you a 5% discount on your booking.
Many reviews and comments online define Sicily as a rather non-accessible region but also describe the effort made to visit it as totally worthwhile.
In Italy there is a strict law on the elimination of architectural barriers, a large number of reserved parking places and the obligation to have accessible toilets in restaurants and bars. However sometimes the problem lies in bad habits, so although you might have disabled parking spots where you need them, they may be occupied by someone who has not the right to, or you may happen to find a car parked in front of a sidewalk ramp obstructing the passage.
On the other hand, due to the fact that most buildings are historically meaningful and protected, the interventions to make them totally accessible are not always possible, and the best effort was made to allow at least a partial visit.
Public transport is a little complicated and not always the best solution, renting an adapted vehicle may be a better one. Just make sure to be very patient, as the Italian driving style can be a little creative sometimes!
The best advice is to plan well ahead your trip and gather as much information as possible, or rely on a travel agency or tour operator, or a good guide to take you to places that have already been evaluated as accessible.
The Catania airport is a small one, however it is equipped with ramps and lifts for passengers with mobility impairments, dedicated parking spaces, disabled toilets and assistance service with special staff 24/7.
For blind and visually impaired passengers a special pathway has been set up in collaboration with the Italian Blind Association (Unione Italiana Ciechi).
The airport also provides special vehicles with lifts for embarking and disembarking wheelchairs to and from an aircraft not served by bridges.