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Venice – a city for all

Accessible Venice was created to allow all (the elderly, mothers with strollers, people with disabilities) to enjoy the beauty of a world cultural heritage city. Despite its particular morphology (121 islets linked by over 420 bridges) 74% of the area is now accessible, thanks to the strategies of the municipal administration, particularly to public transport and public works.

“In this context, it is crucial to get adequate information on how to reach every corner of the city.”

Monicaelisa BETTIN
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Venice a city for all
Organisation:Comune di Venezia
of origin
Beneficiaries targeted All persons with disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:access to all tourist attractions, transport system


  • 12 routes without barriers
  • 2009, summer design workshop at the IUAV University
  • participation in the World Exhibition of City Tourism and UNESCO sites
  • design contest for the ramps of Venice Marathon


The historical center of Venice is seen as one big architectural barrier because of its particular morphology (121 islets linked by 435 bridges). The bridges represent a barrier for people with disabilities in wheelchairs but also for older people, parents with strollers, tourists who travel with suitcases etc.



The service “City for all” and the Office EBA are collaborating in the project Accessible Venice:  the first one deals with information and communication through different channels (website, email, newsletter, counter) and the Office EBA is benefiting from the help of two consultants (a research engineer for motor disability at the University of Brescia and a teacher on mobility and orientation for blind people). The project is working in a lot of areas; e.g. there is a map, which can be downloaded, to help people understand how to move within the territory of Venice. The site, which illustrates the accessibility of the city, has the opportunity to show the user 12 routes without barriers in Italian, English and French.


In order to stimulate a broad and active reflection, Venice City Council promoted training courses for city council technicians, university students, technical school students, children, professionals, tourism operators, businesses and public transport companies. Several workshops were set up to have an ongoing dialogue and share experiences on accessibility issues.


Mrs. Monicaelisa BETTIN
Ca’ Farsetti, S. Marco 4136, Italy
+39 41 274 8144