Naples is so stunningly beautiful, warm and crazy, that it is almost impossible to describe. But we can definitively make an effort, because a trip to this part of Italy is one of the unforgettable experiences of a lifetime.
If you have never been to Naples, you have to think that the light, the colors in the streets, the sea, the markets, the Baroque churches and the people, are something you will experience nowhere else.
The city centre is so rich in cultural heritage and breathtaking buildings that you will not know where to look, but we do think that the delicious smells of food in the streets may distract you.
It is the birthplace of the pizza margherita after all, and you can buy pizza anywhere and it will be the best one you have ever tasted. Love coffee? Think that Naples is one of the best cities to have coffee in the world – short, strong, the real espresso.
The popular culture is also very special: an entire street is dedicated to the artisans who make statues for the Catholic Christmas crib, and in the middle of the traditional characters, sheperds, Marys and Josephs, you’ll probably find mini replicas of famous footballers and local politicians, or even a Kardashian or two…
Both Naples and the heritage sites nearby have to be included in your trip: Pompeii, huge archeological area buried in 79 AD by the Vesuvius Volcano is a must, as is Sorrento and the beautiful Costiera Sorrentina, as is Amalfi, and the Costiera Amalfitana.
There are many many things to see and the accessibility of the area is highly variable but often lacking: this is why we recommend using a local tour operator. Also, this city can be difficult to understand coming from other parts of the world, because it lives sometimes by its very own rules (starting with the driving style). A local guide can help you get the most out of your time there, and make sure you are safe all throughout your trip, and do not miss a thing.
Ileana Esposito is the founder of Cosy for You: a local tour operator specialized in tours and activities for people with mobility and sight impairment. Ileana is a real Neapolitan and she knows the ins and outs of the city. Her agency can organize either a tour or a full package holiday, where you do not have to worry about anything. They know the city and they know the best places, the accessible ones, and the ones where they bring their ramp.
Her team is fun and knows all the tricks to visit a city on multiple levels where elevators are not always working, but most of all they can provide a number of adapted activities which range from adapted sailing in the wonderful bay of Naples, day trip to the Island of Ischia and the thermal baths, archeology tours in a number of highly interesting areas and museums, and a special food tour that will make you discover the city from unusual points of view and surprise you with unforgettable tastes.
Naples and the region Campania are a special and wonderful part of Italy but the level of accessibility can be sometimes very low.
From a structural point of view, the sidewalks are by law equipped with dropped kerbs but, as in many other parts of Italy, often you may find a car parked in front of the ramp blocking the way.
Buses in Naples are mostly not accessible while the Metro has many accessible features such as lifts and ramps, but the maintainance can be irregular and therefore not entirely reliable.
The driving style in Naples is a factor that can be a little frightening at first, as car drivers are a bit undisciplined when it comes to red lights and parking spaces.
Accessibility of the most historical parts of town is complex due to the pavimentation, but in some other areas, such as the lower part on the sea front, wheeling around can be a real pleasure both for the view and the floor surface.
Shopping can be a complex activity, as most of the older shops have a step or two to enter: a good solution if you want to be free to move is to carry a portable ramp. Same goes for accessing those wonderful pizza spots, but there you can often sit outside and enjoy your pizza in the sun.
One accessible and lovely feature of Naples it’s the funicular, taking you up to breathtaking views: it is accessible and free to use if you are in a wheelchair.
The airport in Naples is not very big and is well equipped with assistance service, accessible areas, a Sala Amica (Friendly room) if you need to wait, and accessible toilets. The airport also has an Ambulift. Book passenger service as usual through the airline 48 hours in advance.