Services and Support for People with Disabilities in Rome

Overview of where to go and what to do if you are mobility, sight or hearing impaired, a wheelchair or cane user and living in or visiting Rome and the Lazio provinces...

The City of Rome has a service dedicated to people with physical or mental handicaps. This service, in collaboration with several associations, aims to provide support to the disabled in various aspects of their everyday lives: mobility, work, free time, rights, and so on.

On request, the city can provide a guide in Italian, called Che fare/Dove andare (what to do/where to go) which has relevant information. The City of Rome has also created a foundation, Handicap: dopo di noi providing support to disabled people.

  • More information can be found on the website: Click here

Disabled Travel and Transport in Rome

Airports

  • For information on the facilities available for passengers with special needs at Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino airport: Click here

At the Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino airports, it is also possible to request ground assistance via one of the Help Points (a pole-mounted intercom system), which are accessible to disabled users.

Help Points can be found at:

  • Terminals A, B, C and 5 just outside the entrances to the departure area
  • Building E, Level 1 of the multi-story car park

Boats and ferries

Among the companies offering special assistance for disabled are:

  • Corsica Ferriesi
    At: Via Angelo Brunetti 25/D, Rome
    Tel: 06 3222469

General Information and Useful links

  • Azienda Sociale Locale (ASL): Any person wishing to have their disability recognised in Italy should refer to the local ASL (Rome is divided into 4 ASL). Social invalidity benefits will only be delivered to people holding not just a residence permit but an Italian residence card, which is usually allocated after six years spent in the country. The same will be relevant to families wishing to apply for benefits for a handicapped child
  • Roma Per Tutti: This service, created by the City of Rome, provides information for disabled people in Rome on such topics as accessibility of major tourist places
    • Information available Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00 
      Tel: 06 57177094 and on the Roma Per Tutti website (in Italian)
  • In Rome, documents for blind people can be found at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale
    • At: Viale Castro Pretorio 105, 00185 Rome
      Tel: 06 44701871

Related Information

For information for wheelchair travel in Rome, see the Slow Travel Italy website: Click here