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Trip List by Mymsman

A wheely good time on Lake Garda

28 May 2008  Views of a chair pusher
4.5 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

A spring trip to Riva del Garda with wheelchair

  • 1. Riva Del Garda
    Riva Del Garda, Province of Trento

    Riva del garda is located at the north end of lake garda.

    The central area is a pedestrian area and is mainly flat and paved with flat cobbles so provides good wheel chair access. Only a couple of streets are moderately steep and could be bypassed.
    The fort, la rocca, is a museum with lift access to the upper floors except for the top floor and tower.

    he Varone cascades are not disabled friendly with a large flight of steps up to the entrance and apparently many more inside - we didn't attempt it.

    The lakeside path to Torbole is flat apart from bridges but in a couple of places the paving is fairly rough giving a bumpy ride. You also need to dodge the cyclists (except in high season when they are banned)

    Leon d'Oro food is very good.
    The food was very slow coming out with the last person being served 10 minutes after the first and one plate of vegetables coming out when the main course was almost finished. However we believe this was an isolated hiccup in the kitchen because the waitress was very apologetic and gave us complimentary after dinner drinks.

    The small cafe next to the Hotel Centrale (right hand side) serves very good paninis for €3.50 which makes for a good lunch time break then cross the square to the Hotel Sole for ice creams!

  • 2. Centrale Hotel -- Riva Del Garda
    Centrale Hotel -- Riva Del Garda, Riva Del Garda, Province of Trento

    A very clean hotel in a great location with good disabled access (at least in some rooms)

    See detailed hotel review for more information

  • 3. Lake Garda
    Nago, Province of Trento

    The lake ferries are fairly easily accessible by wheelchair except some of the high speed catamarans where you need to be able to navigate some steps.

    Local buses have a wheelchair space but don't seem to kneel/have ramps

  • 4. Gardone Riviera

    We were disappointed by Gardone. It only seems to have a fairly limited lake side walk.

    The botanical gardens are located halfway up a steep hill and have steep narrow paths with steps so we didn't try to go in

    The Vittoriale is even further up the hill (take a taxi to avoid heart attack by chair pusher). We weren't charged admission with the chair. You can get a wheelchair up to the main house but unfortunately the mausoleum and Puglia ship require a lot of steps. They are certainly worth seeing if you can manage. Follies on a grand scale with magnificent views.

  • 5. Malcesine
    Malcesine, Province of Verona

    Malcesine is a pretty town with castle and cable car up to to Monte Baldo

    The lake side pedestrian streets are paved with flat cobbles but some of the roads around the castle are paved with pebbles which give an extremely rough ride in a wheel chair. Fortunately they can be avoided.

    There is a very nice and long lakeside walk going south with good views back to the town.

    The cable car is up a fairly steep road. There is a pedestrian underpass across the main road equipped with a wheelchair lift but it requires you find the municipal police to get the key - we didn't bother since the road wasn't that busy.

    The cable car gives free travel for disabled assistant saving €17.50 and is easily accessible with wheelchair. It goes up in two stages with the upper stage rotating as it goes up. Beyond the top station the paths are loose gravel and not really wheelchair friendly.

  • 6. Limone sul Garda
    Limone sul Garda, Province of Brescia

    Limone is pretty town with lemons lager than grapefruits.
    The pedestrian streets are paved with smooth cobble but some of them are extremely steep with steps.

  • 7. Bolzano

    The old part of Bolzano is attractive and is easy to get around with smooth cobbles and gentle slopes. The rest appears to be boring modern town.

    The architectural museum is worth a visit to see Oetzi the 5000 year old frozen mummy. There are no discounts for the disabled/helpers but the museum does have lifts to all floors and the viewing platform for the iceman can be raised.

  • 8. Renon
    Renon, South Tyrol Province

    The Renon plateau is a very scenic area.

    The SAD train that our tour party took a short ride on is picturesque but has a very high step that is quite difficult for wheelchair access.

    The mud pyramids are quite amazing to see. It is quite a long walk from the restaurant where the coaches park (there is a cafe closer to the pyramids) but although part is along a dirt track the surface is surprisingly smooth and firm so is easier than many paved paths for wheelchair access. We went down to the first wooden bridge which offers a good view. Beyond the bridge the path is rougher but probably still passable with a chair but doesn't offer significantly better views.