5 Gay Things to Know About Rome 

Rome is a city that has stood seemingly still in time. The capital of Italy is a major destination for anyone who appreciates good food, ancient history, and getting lost in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Unfortunately, when it comes to gay acceptance, Italy’s slightly behind by European standards. They have yet to legalize same-sex marriage and it’s sadly still common for men to hide their sexual orientation due to how others may treat them. Nonetheless, this is slowly changing as Rome played host to Euro Pride back in 2011. Since then, there’s been progress with people being more accepting of the growing and open gay population in Italy.

5 Gay Things to Know About Rome

5 Gay Things to Know About Rome
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1) Fetish Pride Italy was recently held in Rome, an annual gay fetish meeting organized by Leather Club Roma. The five day meeting included several parties, an exhibition, brunch, and even a fetish film festival, ensuring that there’s something for everyone who enjoys fetish lifestyle.

2) Gay Village is an annual open-air summer festival for gays, lesbians, and those who support them. This is actually one of the most popular gay events in Italy, attracting more than 200,000 people every year. From June through September, the park Via delle Tre Fontane is transformed into a fun entertainment complex with bars, dance floors, an exhibition space, and even, an outdoor cinema. Famous DJs play here and there’s live music every Thursday through Saturday.

3) Something unique to Italy is that a membership card (the Anddos card) is required for entry into all gay cruise bars and saunas. In Rome, this card is also required to get into some of the gay parties. You can usually buy this card at venue entrances for 15 € and it will last one year. You can also pay 8 € entrance into a single place. When you buy the card you’ll need photo id and after that, only the membership card.

4) There isn’t really any specific gay areas in Rome, but popular hotspots include Coming Out and My Bar. There’s also a cluster of gay bars close to the Colosseum and main metro station. To find a complete list of gay bars, clubs, and saunas, check Travel Gay Europe.

5) Pride Roma take place each year around the first week of June, with festivities happening in the city center and concluding with a massive parade promoting gay rights and overall equality. The goal of their Pride event in recent years has been geared at encouraging the Italian government to recognize same-sex marriage. There of course are big parties associated with event that locals and visitors equally enjoy.