Florence Gay Travel
In wolfyy’s Florence gay travel guide, discover authentic neighborhoods to stay in, favorite gay bars, restaurants, saunas & tips to avoid tourist traps!
The Gay Travel Experience: Florence, Italy
Gay Florence: Where to Stay
I stayed at Grand Hotel Minerva during my first visit to Florence. The hotel is located directly adjacent to the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella. The piazza outside is beautiful and the hotel gym has a view directly onto the plaza.
My second time visiting, I stayed in a magnificent Florence Airbnb in the Santa Croce neighborhood. I loved staying in this area because it is quieter, away from all the tourist activity. It was still very easy to walk to the city center and there were plenty of restaurants around to choose from.
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Florence Experiences for the Gay Traveler
Giardino delle Rose is also right near the San Spirito neighborhood. This park is popular with locals to take a nap in the grass or spread out a picnic blanket. There are great views of the city lush grass all around to make for a cozy time. For gay couples traveling to Florence, this is a great date spot!
Fastest Way to See Michelangelo’s David
Normally, people search online for tickets to the museum to see the David statue. For these tickets, you need to choose a specific time slot. For those who stick to a regimented schedule, this may be best. Personally however, I like to keep my schedule flexible. You can do this too. Here’s how.
Florence Restaurants & Cocktail Bars
La Ménagère is a cute brunch restaurant with an airy ambiance. Although the food seemed to be somewhat overpriced and not too exciting, the interior was very inviting.
The restaurant feels more like a garden without being outdoors. Lots of light, relaxed seating and also good for groups. Call ahead for a reservation as they can get very busy!
For fun cocktails in a beautiful outdoor space, check out the Fusion Bar & Restaurant. It is located next to Gallery Hotel Art. You can count on this cocktail bar rain or shine, as they have a permanently covered outdoor space that’s cozily lit
Classic Florence Attractions
Florence Gay Bars
Piccolo Café is my favorite gay bar in Florence. The crowd is a ton of fun. Piccolo Café is frequented by both locals and tourists, so you can truly get an authentic gay nightlife experience here.
I had such a great time here people watching and taking in the vibe of Florence. The crowd is bubbly and friendly. I highly recommend!
Queer Pub is another spot to try, tucked away in a quaint little alley. It’s a smaller venue than the others and not as rowdy, but its right in the center of Florence.
Florence Gay Cruising
The famous Florence gay cruising bar is called Crisco Club. Located in central Florence, Club Crisco only gets busy later in the evening. The bar will remain quite empty until at least midnight. The best time to show up is about 1:00 AM.
Fabrik is outside the Florence city center, so it takes some commitment to make it there. I personally did not get to go to this Florence gay cruising spot, but many locals let me know that it’s the best around!
Florence Gay Travel Tips
Pizza in Florence is notoriously bad, even in comparison to nearby areas of Italy. I didn’t have a single good pizza in Florence. If you want authentic and delicious pizza, head to Naples.
Things to Skip in Florence
Don’t waste your time browsing the counterfeit goods and trinket shops that fill the area around Market di San Lorenzo. Firstly, none of it is authentic. Secondly, you can likely do this anywhere, maybe even in your own city.
Gay Life in Italy
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.
Gay rights in Italy are opposed by a strong far-right faction of the nation. However, there are increasing instances of victories for those supporting gay rights. Here’s a short article on Italy’s first transgender mayor speaking about how to defeat the far-right.
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