They are used to singing “That’s Amore” as they navigate the picturesque canals of Venice, and now veteran gondoliers Enrico Greifenberg and Alessandro Dalla Pieta are showing that love to the wheelchair community. The two are the founders of the public-private campaign Gondolas4all and on Friday, March 11 they unveiled the first ever access point for wheelchair users to board Venice’s iconic black gondolas.
A large crowd gathered in Piazzale Roma Square to watch 7-year-old Nicholas Pistolato and a few other wheelchair users take their exciting maiden voyage on the classic Italian boat.
A dream of theirs for more than two decades, Greifenberg and Pieta started a crowd funding page in 2012 after witnessing countless wheelchair users miss out on a quintessential Venetian experience. “Enrico