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The Gay Travel Experience: The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast has been a choice gay travel destination for years. The coastal neighborhoods are famous for their easygoing atmosphere and romantic views. Gay and straight travelers alike are increasingly discovering these colorful cliffside towns.

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Amalfi, Positano and Salerno are the largest three destinations among many coastal villages. The Island of Capri is a short sail away.

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The Amalfi Coast towns warmly welcome the LGBT community, although these towns are not primarily gay. Gay and lesbian couples lay together on the beach and hold hands while in line for pizza. It’s clear just how inclusive this seaside wonderland is! The majority of Italians support homosexuality, and especially so here in paradise.

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Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast

So, you’re a gay traveler headed to the Amalfi coast…but which town is best for you? Each has a different vibe, so choose wisely!

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The Town of Amalfi boasts the most luxurious accommodations with breathtaking terraces and rooftop pools. But, there is much more to the Amalfi Coast than just Amalfi proper! More gay vacationers can be found along beaches in Positano. A lot fo beautiful places along the coast are on Airbnb. Check out Airbnb rentals in Amalfi proper, or browse rentals in Positano.

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Salerno offers a more authentic and quieter vibe away from the buzz of tourists, so it’s perfect for embracing the local culture. The island Capri is most similar to the vibe of Positano but offers more dramatic landscapes right out of a dream.

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After visiting Amalfi, Positano, Salerno and Capri during my trip, Salerno proved best for me, and I think my fellow gay travelers would agree. You can enjoy the beauty of the other towns by day, and return to a peaceful neighborhood after sunset.

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Salerno is by far the most authentic town along the coast. With few tourists, go check out the precious local life. Ferry services operate hourly between all communities and travelers make trips to the neighboring towns.
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I stayed on Via Mercanto in Salerno along the main stretch right near all the restaurants. You will fall in love with this street, buzzing every night with locals enjoying their Aperol spritzes. Check out these Airbnb’s in the community of Salerno.

How to Get to The Amalfi Coast

There are a couple of ways to arrive to the Amalfi Coast. When I visited, I flew into Rome to Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport (FCO), and took a bus the following morning to Salerno. Busses run quite frequently from Rome to the Amalfi Coast, so there are plenty of timing options.
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Amalfi also has its own regional airport: Salerno Costa D’Amalfi. There may be flight options for you to arrive there and then take a taxi to your hotel. In my opinion though, why not spend a day in Rome?

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Gay Amalfi: Things to Do

What more can a gay traveler ask for than the beautiful shores of the Amalfi Coast! Rent some lounge chairs as the beaches consist of large stones that are quite jagged in this area.
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In Amalfi, go to Marina Grande to rent beach chairs which charges only 10 euros per person for the whole day. You can leave your non-valuables there if you decide to take a walk and come back later. It makes a day trip so much easier.

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Best area of Capri Island

There is a plethora of options if you love sailing. Gay travelers in Positano love to rent boats for the day. After you’ve soaked up enough beach sun, book a boat tour. You can reserve a shared charter boat or get your own!

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Many boats anchor a mile off the coast to take in the breathtaking views. Make sure you are out at sea for the sunset. The cotton candy skies will blow your mind.

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If you are not staying on the Island of Capri, take a day trip there! Boats leave frequently from Positano and Amalfi (from other towns, you can catch a local boat to these towns first to connect).
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Best area of Capri Island

For dancing, check out the bar Music on the Rocks, in Positano. The establishment is built into the cliffside, something so unique I regret not checking it out myself. I have heard good things, but I chose not to go out dancing. I couldn’t pass up all the daytime sun!

There are no explicitly gay bars in the Amalfi Coast, but the nightlife scene is definitely lively with gay tourists. Go check it out!

Amalfi Coast Gay Travel Tips

Salerno was my ideal place to stay, however you should know it is not a beach town. The shore is mostly a large port, and the small area of beach is muddy—not great for swimming.
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If you search online of pictures of Salerno, you will likely find edited images showing crystal clear water. But, this type of shore is found outside of Salerno. Not to worry though as the ferry services are frequent and reliable.
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Busses also run between the coastal towns, but I do not recommend this. I’m sure you would much rather be on a boat out in the sun with the breeze blowing through your hair! While boarding my boat back to Salerno, I saw busses jam-packed with tourists-not pretty. Plus, the boat ride is more direct.

If you choose to stay in Positano or Amalfi, keep in mind that the farther inland you go, the steeper the walk becomes. It is possible to get a ride up the hills, but this may not be enjoyable doing several times a day.
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Not too far away is the beautiful Italian city of Naples. If you’ve asked any Italians, or even fellow travelers, if you should visit Naples, I’m sure you received mixed responses. In wolfyy’s Naples Gay Travel Guide, you’ll read about how Naples is not dangerous and the massive weekend parties in the streets!

LGBT Rights in Italy

However, despite these liberal milestones, the country only allows registration of same-sex unions, does not allow gay marriage within the country and will not recognize same sex marriage performed in other countries.

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There is still much work to be done, as Italy lacks many of the LGBT protections in comparison to other European and Western nations. Stepchild adoptions remains a pressing issue, currently dealt with on a case by case basis only.
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Same-sex activity has been legal in Italy since 1890 and transgender people have been able to legally change their gender since 1982. Also, gays and lesbians are allowed to openly serve in the military and there are workplace protections for LGBT people as well.
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A vacation to the Amalfi Coast is an absolute must. The stunning views and romantic towns glowing through the night will melt your heart and create memories you’ll cherish forever.

Each of these seaside towns are precious in their own way. And so, I highly recommend visiting, even into the month of September.

The Amalfi Coast was one of my first stops after I quit my job in New York City to travel the world! Check out this article for Here’s some inspiration to do the same.

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