An exploration in the heart of the historic center of Bologna to discover the treasures of the university area but, above all, a route accessible to everyone with special attention to people with visual, hearing and movement impairment: the itinerary "An Accessible City" was included in the latest Spring-Summer 2021 issue of the magazine Promenade, the magazine that promotes unconventional itineraries in the city narrated by exceptional guides and edited by the Torism Agency of Bologna Bologna Welcome.
The itinerary is one of the results of U-area for all, a project born in 2019 from the Laboratory of participatory practices of the European Project H2020 ROCK (Regeneration and Optimization of Cultural heritage in Knowledge and creative cities). It is a co-design path to devise and test an inclusive guided tours service in the University area. The aim was to create a service that would allow people who want to discover the area, or who already live it every day, to live in a more accessible way the richness that its museums, its cultural centers and the University itself can offer.
The project for the realization of the itineraries was promoted by the Municipality of Bologna, Fondazione per l'Innovazione Urbana and the University of Bologna, in collaboration with different associations and foudations active in the field of disability and inclusion, such as Accaparlante, Istituto dei Ciechi Francesco Cavazza, Fondazione Gualandi, ITcares, La Girobussola onlus, MUVet, MIA project for open and inclusive museums, Bologna City Museums, the University Museums system. The accessible itineraries are also available on the free app BOforAll.