Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

Mayor defends Venice as 'wheelchair-accessible'


Venice, Spetember 17 - Almost four fifths of Venice
is accessible to the disabled, according to fresh data released
by Mayor Giorgio Orsoni, in the wake of recent criticism over
how the physically impaired are able to move around the lagoon
city in Nothern Italy.
"About 78% of the surface of the city is accessible to
everyone", Orsoni said. "I think it is out of place to say that
Venice is not accessible to the disabled".
Critics, including acclaimed international director
Bernardo Bertolucci who recently visited the city in his
capacity as head of the Venice Film festival jury, claim the
area makes life very difficult for those with mobility issues.
Bertolucci uses a wheelchair.
Orsoni said he disagreed with recent comments made by
Bertolucci, who had "evidently let himself go to say things that
show he only has a superficial knowledge of the city".

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