A panoramic view of the historic centre of Girona from the air. In the background, the cathedral and the Basilica of Sant Feliu. Picture by Oscar Vall.
Girona City Council’s Social Innovation Laboratory has printed several 3D models of the Cathedral of Girona and the Basilica of Sant Feliu. The Tourism Department, which works on inclusion as a cross-cutting factor, will now use these models during the guided tours scheduled for this summer, specifically in the accessible tours to people with visual disabilities. Therefore, the viability of the models will be tested.
The prototypes for this pilot test were made possible thanks to a volunteer from the EspaiCaixa of Girona’s computer courses, who made the three-dimensional designs of these two monuments available to the city council.
Inclusive summer guided tours
Everyone can discover the Roman origins of the city, Gerunda; stroll through mediaeval Girona, or learn the true history of Sant Narcís thanks to the free inclusive guided tours offered by the city during the summer months until 12th September. This is an opportunity to get to know the different faces of Girona with the help of a tour guide.
Of the 34 scheduled tours, 10 offer some form of accessibility: audio description for the visually impaired, sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired or adaptation for people with intellectual disabilities or reduced mobility. This year, as a novelty, two visits have also been adapted for people with deafblindness.
From Gerunda to Girona
La Mosca Tours offers a tour of the Roman origins of Girona through a fictional character in a visit accessible to people with intellectual disabilities: “Gerunda, the origins of the city: the wall under ashlars of sandy rock”. On 13th August, the visit will also be offered with audio description.
The Girona Guides Association invites us to stroll through the medieval city on a visit accessible to people with reduced mobility: “A walk through history: medieval Girona under migratory birds”. This tour will be offered with audio description on 28th August. The Association will also offer the visit “Behind the laurel and the footsteps of the Jews and Jewesses of Girona”, an opportunity to find out what life was like in Girona 500 years ago. In this case, with interpretation in Catalan sign language and two interpreter guides for people with deafblindness.
Girona Explorers also offers two accessible visits as part of this summer programme. On the one hand, “Sant Narcís: an example of a garden city”, a proposal to explore the narrow streets of one of the city’s most unique neighbourhoods. The visit is accessible to people with reduced mobility. On the other hand, on 17th July, it presented “The mysterious Girona between the four rivers”, a route to discover secrets and mysteries of the city that was adapted for people with hearing impairment and deafblindness.
Check dates, times and booking contacts on the Girona Tourism website and discover the city this summer.