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    Pompeii in a wheelchair?

    Hiya - bit of a long shot here.
    I am going on a Mediterranean cruise (squee!) that stops off for visits to Pompeii.
    I will be using a manually-propelled wheelchair at the time. Anyone got experience or advice on accessibility?
    I have found links to a few articles, but just wondered if anyone has tried it personally.
    Cheers
    Hi, I'm Eddie.
    Started with wobbly left ankle in Nov 2020. Diagnosed 22 Oct 2021, confirmed by 2nd opinion 4 days later.
    Still walking and talking, and wondering what the future will bring.

    #2
    We went to Pompeii some years ago. It was incredibly busy. Herculaneum was better. From memory the paths were quite rough but might be wheelchair friendly. Could your tour operator advise? Interesting place if you can manage it although a lot of the artefacts are not there but in a museum in Naples.
    Bulbar ALS diagnosed September 2021, no speech, PEG fed, using ipad with Predictable to communicate, taking each day as it comes

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      #3
      I went in 2019 and the paths are very rocky and I was unsteady on my feet as were my children - I wouldn’t recommend if in a wheelchair as it isn’t wheelchair friendly (well the market is outside selling all tourist bits but that’s it)
      are u going to Pisa? That’s wheelchair friendly and lovely too
      Diagnosed 17/2/22
      summer 2020 - Left arm onset
      Jan 2022 - breathing now affected

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        #4
        Just looked at my holiday photos from a few years ago… paths are rough - looks like flattened volcanic ash (unsurprisingly). Also some areas of cobbles. I think it might be quite a challenge for the person pushing. Above all I remember the extreme heat (but it was August!)
        Diagnosed October 2020 - See my blog at https://www.myneurodiary.com

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          #5
          Hi, have a look at what shore excursions your cruise company are offering as they may have some accessible tours available. Also make sure you attend the accessibility meeting which is likely to be on your first full day at sea (if there is one available) they will explain accessibility no only on the ship but also at each port call.
          Foxes Never Quit 💙

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            #6
            Originally posted by WheelsOfSteel View Post
            Anyone got experience or advice on accessibility?
            I was there in my former life and Pompeii is not very wheelchair friendly, nor very pushchair friendly - but you know your capabilities so before deciding, take a look at the surrounding area on Streetview and look at some YouTube videoes, of which there are many, including this one:


            ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
            Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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              #7
              Here’s a link to a review of Pompeii which may be helpful. Access will be restricted but might still be worth going

              https://www.sagetraveling.com/wheelc...-pompeii-italy

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                #8
                Hi WheelsOfSteel, you mentioned that you are in a manual wheelchair. I don't know whether you have a 'front wheel' which can fit some rigid manual chairs and lifts the castor wheels up so helps on uneven ground? I don't know whether another option might be a powered attachment for your chair which can again raise the castor wheels and help on uneven ground. An example is a triride. It has the benefit of being battery powered so allows for plenty of exploring. My husband is a wheelchair user (paralysed since age 17) and has used one for many years now and loves it, although it definitely isn't a cheap option. Unfortunately some ground will always be difficult for wheelchair users. I hope you enjoy your adventures.
                Claire

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                  #9
                  Thanks a lot for your thoughts folks - some useful references to look up there.
                  I am still trying to work out if it would be possible to take some "powered" transport, but the problem is we have to fly to Genoa first to meet the cruise ship first. I have a small electric mobility scooter, but I'm not sure about getting it on a plane.
                  Turns out my super duper powerchair is too big (67cm) to fit through the 65 cm door of our cabin anyway
                  We have found that a lightweight manually-propelled folding wheelchair is best for getting through airports, so I am renting one for the trip.
                  I see the cruise line do accessible excursions, so I am looking at those too.
                  Cheers
                  Hi, I'm Eddie.
                  Started with wobbly left ankle in Nov 2020. Diagnosed 22 Oct 2021, confirmed by 2nd opinion 4 days later.
                  Still walking and talking, and wondering what the future will bring.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by WheelsOfSteel View Post
                    I have a small electric mobility scooter, but I'm not sure about getting it on a plane.
                    Turns out my super duper powerchair is too big (67cm) to fit through the 65 cm door of our cabin anyway
                    Regulation wheelchairs and mobility scooters travel in the hold. Usually, if you can manage to walk the few steps from aircraft door to your seat, great, if not, a special teensy weensy on-board wheelchair gets you to your seat - depending on the indivdual airline and aircraft type.

                    You need to tell your airline in advance if you require special assistance and/or are bringing mobility or medical equipment - don't assume the cruise company will do it. xx
                    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
                    Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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