Sicily offers extreme holidays for disabled touristsby Paola Battista - 2014.03.14
An Anglo-Sicilian partnership has given rise to extreme holidays for people with disabilities. The idea comes from the organisations Seable UK and LIFE, an Italian non-profit. The objective is to guarantee the right to accessible tourism in Italy, without forgetting that people on holiday want adventure and fun. Many activities have been made available to people with physical and sensory disabilities. They include trips to Mount Etna, nature trails, gastronomic tours with views of Taormina, as well as a visit to sensory workshops to discover how olive oil is made and also fishing. Tourists with special needs can also choose to take off-road trips around the island, with ‘tactile tours’ of archeological sites, marine biology and five days of diving in the Mediterranean. It’s an itinerary that’s already broken a few world records, considering that, in 2007, during her trip with LIFE, Benedetta became the first blind person to go scuba diving to a depth of 41m, while Martin also got in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009, for being the first paraplegic person to reach a depth of 59m in the sea.