Using a seat and frame with only one wheel, plus two arms in the front and back to support the chair when not in motion and allow for movement up or down hills, the chair is easily rolled and carried by two trained guides. 360° degree maneuverability around obstacles such as stones, holes, and steps allows visitors to safely navigate the country's ancient streets and steps, areas previously off limit to disabled travelers. Shock absorbers under the chair keep the ride smooth.
Popular sites such as the Roman Forum, Pompeii and Herculaneum are no longer impossible for disabled visitors to navigate. Notes Program Director Stefano Sghinolfi, "It is our great pleasure to make all of Italy accessible to everyone who would like to visit. This chair is the first of its kind and opens doors to those challenged by walking on our country's ancient streets."
The chair is available 365 days a year and can be rented for a single excursion, which includes a guide as well as two assistants to carry the chair. The minimum rental price is € 300 for a three-hour tour. The service can be booked directly online at www.romeanditaly.com, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone to 011-39-06-44258441 (from US).