countries match its wealth of pleasures and treasures like Italy:
history, art, music, fashions, and food. Yet the greatest pleasures
here are the Italians themselves. They not only possess the world's
greatest outlook on life (La Dolce Vita), but are the essence of
Mediterranean dark and sexy. While Italy's primary appeal is its
history and culture, gay travelers will find a limited but interesting
choice of nightlife spots, particularly in the big cities. They
provide fun nighttime diversion, and a glimpse into the challenges
faced by Italian gay women and men, as they begin to express their
sexual identity within the confines of a family and church dominated
Italians are more affectionate and physical than other people in
their general friendships, and even straight men regularly walk
down the street with their arms around each other - however, kissing
anywhere other than on the cheeks at greetings and goodbyes will
certainly draw attention. As you might expect, smaller towns tend
to be less permissive and accepting than cities.
Usually, gay people gather in public venues like bars and clubs,
and even smaller towns in nothern and central Italy have one. Many
gay men use to meet in country cruisings, like little woods, streets
around the railway station, or in services areas along the highway.
To get informed about the habitudes in the specific town you are
going to visit, you can contact local associations.
In Summer, many gay beaches gets very crowdy all over the country.
Usually, their are located in special places, not so easy to reach,
but you can find any information on this site
Bars, discos and saunas for a gay & lesbian clientele are now
present almost anywhere in Italy but surely are more numerous up
north than in the middle and south. Towns with a stronger presence
of gays and lesbian are Milan and Rome followed by Bologna, Padoa
and Florence. In summertime, Torre del Lago, Tuscany, is crowded
with thousands of tourists coming from anywhere in Italy especially
at week-ends and in all the month of August (Italian holiday season).