Rolling hills, historical cities, legendary food and wines, the cradle of the Renaissance. The cities of Florence, Pisa and Siena are stunning urban jewels that attracts visitors from all over the world: who can't beat the feeling of being face to face with Michelangelo's David or admiring the leaning Tower of Pisa, or strolling in Siena's Piazza del Campo? But Tuscany is also a region of tiny spectacular medieval towns, superb coastlines and an iconic countryside that have supplied the backdrop for countless masterpieces. Come and explore! The seaside resort of Torre del Lago, close to Lucca and Pisa is a very gay-friendly destination, with a few gay B&Bs and venues. It was also the hometown of opera composer Giacomo Puccini, who lived and worked here.
Italy has a tradition of being a very Catholic country and therefore the influence of the Vatican has always weighed on matters of LGBT equality, so compared to other European countries Italy is certainly a little behind. However the country has made some recent progress in LGBT equality by allowing same-sex civil unions in 2016. There is usually no hostility towards LGBT people but visibility of LGBT people is somewhat more limited compared to other countries.