The Eternal City needs no introductions. As the old say goes - all roads lead to Rome and if that might no longer be the case figuratively, it’s still very much the case from a symbolic point of view: long from being dead, classical Rome is at the roots of Western and Christian culture and so much timeless art and culture blossomed in this city during and after the ancient Empire that we can safely say that we all still breathe Romanity.
Rome may not have the sparkling gay scene other modern metropolis have, but its irresistible magic and fascination, draw millions of tourists every year. And even in this age of mass tourism it’s still possible to wander around Rome’s cobbled streets just to suddenly stop and discover corner of the city where hardly anything has changed in centuries.
When to Visit
Rome has a typical mediterranean climate, with very hot and long summers and relatively mild winters. The wettest period is between late October to December and then again in early spring, though the rain seldom lasts more than a couple of days each time. Summers can be extremely hot, with July and August often seeing temperatures above 30-35 degrees. In August the city is a bit quieter as many residents leave the scalding city for a few days’ holidays.
Fetish Festival | February
This is a relatively new event that is held at the end of February. A week of parties and gatherings in various LGBT venues in the city. Fetish Pride Italy also host a number of other events throughout the year.
For more information, visit Fetish Pride Italy on Facebook
LGBT Pride Festival | June
One of the main LGBT prides in Italy, the event is generally held in mid-late June and it’s always a very colourful and vocal demonstration. After all this is the home of the Catholic Church so a lot of the slogans are quite confronting and direct.
For more information, visit romapride.it
LGBT Festival | June-September
For a few years now summers have seen the set up of an area for LGBT cultural events, dance nights, films, open air bars and food offerings. The location of the gay village has shifted over the course of the years and in the summer of 2015 it was set up in Via delle Tre Fontane, near the EUR district.
For more information on the programme of events and location, visit gayvillage.it
Cultural Festival | July
This very old celebration takes place in the Trastevere neighbourhood at the end of July and over the course of a few days a number of processions take place at night, some quite spectacular with torches and the streets adorned by twinkling lights. It all ends with a great firework display from the Aventino hill.
For more information, visit festadenoantri.it
Religious and Cultural Festival | Throughout December
The streets are lit up like everywhere else, but Rome also has a traditional crafts market in the beautiful Piazza Navona. Here you can buy gifts, sweets but also tree decorations and items to build very elaborate nativity scenes (presepio). From early December and until 6 January many churches prepare their own presepio which can be visited.