Pope Benedict XVI greets people in wheelchairs in St Peter's


Accessible St Peter's

Wheelchairs at the Vatican


Square & Area

Vatican City

Colonnade Saints
Floorplan #2
The History


On the annual day for the Blessing of the Sick, many nuns in wheelchairs are brought into St Peter's

St Peter's Basilica is accessible by wheelchair.

Here are some details about accessibility, and some helpful links.

Vatican Musuem - Information on accessibility services

Accessible Italy - Organizes tours for people with disabilities

stpetersbasilicawheelchair has rentals close to St Peter's Square.

An attendant opens the door with wheelchair ramp to the basilica
The wheelchair ramp
inside the Portico

Nuns in Wheelchairs enter St Peter's
These nuns seem
to have no problem
entering St Peter's


Services Map for St Peter's Basilica

Enter St Peter's from the right (north) side of the colonnade. Access is ramped at this point. Accessible restrooms are also near this area.

Proceed through the middle of the colonnades to the security personnel.

Entrance to the basilica is along the Constantine Wing on the Right
After passing through security, you will move up the right side toward the basilica.
The Baggage Deposit has an accessible elevator and rents the Audio Guide
Under the first arch, at the bottom right of the basilica, you will see the door for the Baggage Deposit. This area has the elevator up to the basilica level.
Inside the Portico, the last door on the right (Door of Death) has a wheelchair ramp

The elevator exit is on the right (north) side of the basilica. This is the spot where you can enter the grottoes (Tombs of the Popes), or the elevator to the roof.

To enter St Peter's you will move into the portico, and then access the last door on the left (facing the interior).

This door is often closed, but an attendant will be glad to open it for you.


Wheelchair rental

The following companies in Rome rent wheelchairs:

stpetersbasilicawheelchair is close to St Peter's Square.  They have an informative website and facebook page.

M.i.a. Medical
has a large line of wheelchairs and medical equipment.

Vemrent will deliver wheelchairs in Rome







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