Tuscany

Golden fields in late summer

Photo Credit: Paul Lee-Maynard

Central Italy

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.


Gaytway Guide to Central Italy

  • Part of the Gaytway purpose is to connect LGBT+ travellers with people, places and experiences. Our specially curated guides introduce you to what's on offer in each destination; where to stay and rest tired weary travellers feet and rejuvinate in between exploring sights and wonders, as well as where you can eat, drink and while the days and night away.

    And because we too love travelling and exploring, and know you can never know everything about somewhere, we would love to hear from you about that great place to stay, the new and hip bar or club in town or ways to meet and connect with the local LGBT+ community. That's why we make it easy for you to send us your own personal recommendations!

  • Adam's Garden

    B&B Adam's Garden is just a short walk away from the town centre and the beach as well as featuring a lovely garden.

    B&B Villa Ricordi

    B&B Villa Ricordi offers 6 rooms in an attractive Art Nouveau Villa close to the lake and the Puccini House Museum & open air theatre.

    Bellaugello Gay Guest House

    A unique gay country house in Umbria, a gorgeous boutique hotel between Gubbio, Perugia and Assisi.

    Le Villi

    Le Villi is the first B&B in Torre del Lago and is located close to the historical home of composer Giacomo Puccini and the lake-side open air…

    Libano B&B

    The eclectic owner of B&B Libano, a great traveller, has treasured all things seen and learned aloug his journeys and will host everyone with warmth…

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    • Florence
    • What to say about Florence that has not been already said? The capital of Tuscany is one of the most visited destinations in the world – and it’s no surprise. Florence holds so many cultural and artistic treasures that a single visit is not enough to unlock them all. But even those who have visited many times will be captured by the magic of this city, its colours, immense cultural heritage and timeless charm.

    • Pisa & Lucca
    • Pisa is a very small and compact city. The famous leaning tower and the Cathedral are located in a beautiful open space just outside of the centre. Lucca is not far from Pisa and often outside the main tourist trail, which is a shame because it’s a gorgeous medieval city still surrounded by the most impressive walls and fortifications, upon which a beautiful leafy park is set.

    • Viareggio & Torre del Lago
    • Near Lucca is the seaside resort of Viareggio, with the neighbouring small village of Torre del Lago. Whilst Viareggio has for many decades been one of Italy’s main coastal resorts, in the last 20 years or so Torre del Lago has quietly come up as a great LGBT destination, with quite a few B&B and guest houses catering for the community. There is a wide extent of sand to roam freely.

    • Siena & Chianti
    • Siena is a jewel of a town, still preserving its beautiful medieval heart. The fan-shaped Piazza del Campo with the distinctive Town Hall bell tower is where the Palio takes place twice a year, a centuries-old horse race that sees the city’s districts fighting each other for a prize. Around Siena is the celebrated Chianti region, famous not just for its wine, but also for the tiny villages like San Gimignano and Montepulciano that seem frozen in ancient times.

    • Perugia & Umbria
    • The region of Umbria takes its name from the shade produced by its many forests. The heart of Italy is also its green lung. There are so many beautiful historical cities here, from Orvieto to Assisi, home of St Francis, from Foligno to Gubbio. The region’s main city, Perugia is an elegant jewel with a very international flavour, as its university attracts students from all over the world.
  • PIccolo Café

    A very small & intimate bar very close to Sant Croce church. At the weekend a resident DJ will entertain patrons with mainstream tunes.
  • Fairy Gold c/o TwentyOne

    For almost a decade, one of the most populat LGBT nights in Florence. Held on Saturday nights.

    Mamamia

    Mama Mia, Hub & Mama Beach have become really huge in Italy. Their parties and events attracts guys & gals from all over Italy & beyond.

    Mamamia @ Viper Theatre

    Mamamia, famous organisers of events in Torre del Lago, organises monthly events in Florence during the winter season, at the Viper Theatre.

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