According to the Italian Federation for the Overcoming of Handicaps (Federazione Italiana per il Superamento dell’Handicap or FISH), there are less than five accessible beaches in Italy.
On the entire coast of Lazio, made up of about 300 km of coastline, there are only 4 beach clubs equipped for access to the beach. Unlike the other three facilities that guarantee minimum services in limited areas within private structures, La Girandola Beach in Anzio (RM) is the only one of the four totally reserved for the disabled and their careers.
The 80 umbrellas, the 9 “JOB beach chairs”, the walkways and the downhill ramp guarantee daily access to the beach and swimming in the sea to many people with disabilities from mid-June to mid-September.
The beach facility, in its fifth year of activity, opened in 2014 and is managed, thanks to a notice of municipal assignment, by two local associations “La Grande Quercia” and “Adamo Eventi”. These associations, thanks to the daily effort of volunteers and private donations of umbrellas and other equipment have managed to make La Girandola Beach the best facility without obstacles and barriers and equipped with all the services to host and care to the needs of people with disabilities.
Due to its uniqueness and exceptionality in the landscape of Lazio’s coast, it is attended by an increasing number of users not only from Lazio but also from other regions. It is mainly families who come, but the beach is also open to groups of Italian and foreign tourists as well as patients from regional and national health facilities and institutes.