Amalfi Coast Gay Travel
Personalized Amalfi Coast gay travel advice, including where to stay, local experiences, gay nightlife & getting around.
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.
Amalfi, Positano and Salerno are the largest three destinations among many coastal villages. The Island of Capri is a short sail away.
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!
If you’ve got the money to spend, there’s nothing wrong with staying in Amalfi proper. I personally recommend Hotel Luna Convento, an older and more classic hotel that used to be an old monastery!
Keep in mind though, that there is much more to the Amalfi Coast than just Amalfi proper! More gay vacationers can be found along beaches in Positano.
Salerno accommodations offer 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.
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.
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.
Gay Amalfi: Things to Do
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!
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.
There is a ton of Amalfi Coast nightlife venues in many of the quaint coastal towns. For dancing, I suggest checking out 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
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.
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. However, I can tell you Naples is not dangerous and the massive weekend parties in the streets are awesome.
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.
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.
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