Yes, gays can enjoy touring Italy...

Howie Holben's Article On
Gay Travel In Italy


Michelangelo David in Italian holidays

Michelangelo's David in the Galleria dell'Accademia.

Our Introduction To Gay Travel In Italy

Holben presents the many, many reasons that gays should tour Italy. No matter how you look at life, Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna, and many other Italian cities are a must.

Italy For Gay Travel
By: Howie Holben

Hotel Porta Rossa

Hotel Porta Rossa Florence, Italy

In the heart of Florence, Italy.

Italy is a nation famous for its romance, architecture, history and art and is a popular location for gay travel. The rich history, picturesque landscapes and unique culture have made Italy a popular setting for plays, books and movies and draws couples, families and friends to this beautiful country throughout the year to indulge in the food, admire the fashion and experience a wide variety of world-famous art and architecture. With many diverse gay vacation options, including the winding pathways of Venice, the countryside dotted with sightseeing opportunities, ancient ruins and wineries, the vast museums of Florence and the thrilling nightlife of Milan, Italy is an ideal setting for gay vacations.

While Rome and Milan have the widest selection of gay bars and clubs, gay travel participants will find that Genoa, Florence, Bologna, Venice, Padua and many other tourist hotspots also have gay-owned and gay-friendly establishments offering a welcoming atmosphere for a night on the town during your gay vacation to Italy. Gay-owned and gay-friendly hotels can be found throughout Italy, such as the Hotel Porta Rossa - which is the second oldest hotel in Italy and just a short walk from numerous world-famous attractions, such as Michelangelo's David in the Galleria dell'Accademia - or the gay-owned La Quircia Rosa and Villa le Masse in Tuscany.

Italy's larger cities have established gay and lesbian communities, providing many options for your Italian gay vacation. Milan is often thought of as the most accepting city in Italy, with Florence, Rome and Bologna also topping this list with larger gay and lesbian populations, which make each of these popular choices for gay vacations. There are gay pride celebrations in many cities and three lesbian and gay film festivals, including Milan's Festival del Cinema Gay Lesbico e della Cultura Queer, the Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Florence Queer Festival. If one of the goals of your gay vacation to Italy is to experience as much of the history, art and culture as possible during your stay, tours are an absolute necessity. Participating in organized gay vacations or working with a travel agency to schedule tours for your private travel group will help you make the most out of your time in Italy. Whether you go to Italy for the food, the art, the wine, the history or the legends, there is bound to be a tour related to your interests and this really is the best way to take in all that Italy has to offer. Another tip for utilizing your time in Italy well is to book museum reservations ahead of time whenever possible. Italy is well known for its remarkable museums and this will save you from standing in some very long lines.  

About the Author

Howie Holben is owner and caretaker of Spirit Journeys. His personal journey through addiction and recovery has spawned in him a need to assist others on their own spiritual path and he takes great pleasure in introducing others to practices, sacred ways and cultures to help them "step outside their box". He is a Reiki and Karuna Ki Master and also a Quantum Touch and Breathwork Practioner. His goal is to help others uncover their potential by setting their hearts and minds free. You can learn more about Howie and gay travel with a spiritual focus at Spirit Journeys.

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