Naples Gay Travel
Naples gay travel is one of my top recommendations. Find out about where to stay, gay bars, saunas, safety and gay life in this authentic Italian destination.
The Gay Travel Experience: Naples, Italy
I didn’t know what to expect from Naples. Everyone, including gay Italians from northern Italy, told me it would be unsafe. Generic travel websites said Napoli would be dirty and that tourists are targeted for petty theft.
I went to Naples thinking that I might feel too unsafe to explore gay life or to visit the most local areas. This was not the case!
Naples was everything I did not expect from Italy. There are tons of gay men in Naples and there is a large local gay scene. In fact, you’re more likely to meet a local gay Italian in Naples than in Florence or Milan.
I never felt unsafe in Napoli, although some areas were definitely gritty enough to feel a little creepy! Nonetheless, the beautiful bustle of Napoli left me in awe. I would surely go back and I of course recommend that you visit.
Naples has official gay bars and such, but these places may not be where you find the gay locals! Read on to find out where local gay men in Naples hang out and the best local spots for gay travelers.
I’ll also give you tips on which areas of the city are the prettiest and which have a more jarring, local feel.
Is Naples Safe To Visit?
Business Insider, for example, trashes the city and doesn’t consider the authentic charm and electric nightlife in the piazzas. Naples is quite safe, contrary to what you may read. This is especially true if you can slightly blend in with the locals.
During my visit, there was absolutely nothing that made me feel unsafe in Naples. Granted, we know it’s not the safest city in the entire world, and so you should follow the same safety tips as you would in any other large urban area. For more specific safety tips, see the Napoli gay travel tips section later in this article.
Naples Gay Travel: Hotels & Where to Stay
To be in the center of the action, I recommend staying near the Dante metro stop in San Lorenzo. Here is where you can blissfully wander the quaint historic streets.
If you prefer to stay on the most well-lit main drag of the city, Hotels along Via Toledo are a great bet. The area near the Toledo metro stop is comfortable with restaurants and shopping only steps away.
If you’re checking out flights to Naples, I suggest comparing airlines with Skyscanner. They have an awesome interface and make it super easy to optimize your route. Plus, they offer flexible ticket options in light of the pandemic.
Using Airbnb In Naples
Before my trip to Naples, I booked two separate apartments on Airbnb that I thought were such great deals. After my experience in these two budget-rate apartments, I definitely learned a lesson.
Low-cost Airbnb rentals in Napoli are probably not the best option. If you’re going to use Airbnb, I recommend spending more for a quality rental. I’ll explain why.
Cheaper apartments are on the ground floor of buildings, and often have odor problems, lack ventilation or don’t get natural light. Residential buildings in Naples are also old and largely unrenovated. Some apartments only have windows to an interior courtyard, which you can imagine isn’t the most luxurious.
As a result, I suggest you choosing well-vetted options and ask for clarification on any pertinent details. Spend a little more money than I did and get a Naples Airbnb you’ll remember forever. Otherwise, opt for a reputable hotel.
Naples Gay Travel Experiences
If you have the time, take a day trip to Sorrento. There are some clearwater beaches, tons of outdoor restaurants and high-end shopping in town. Sorrento is much larger than the Amalfi Coast towns to the southeast, so you could easily add Sorrento as a completely separate stop to your Italian gay travel route if time permits.
You’ll surely find the rest of the main tourist attractions on your own. Don’t pass up the Duomo di Napoli or a walk through the entire street of Spaccanapoli.
I was expecting to see some bubbles popping up from the ground soon after reaching the top of the mountain. Upon arrival, we found out the volcanoes were not active at the time we visited. It was just unfortunate timing. We could still see the dips in the landscape where bubbles have previously formed.
The Best Pizza Restaurants in Naples
Pizzeria di Matteo was definitely a highlight of my trip. Delicious pizza, unique fried appetizers and handsome waiters made this pizzeria stand out. Ask for frito mixto when you sit down for dinner. They’ll send over some divine fried snacks you won’t forget.
There are a bunch of regular (and cheap) pizza restaurants just west of the Toledo Metro Stop. Wander the narrow pathways that branch off of Via Toledo and find one that looks good! Don’t worry too much about any tourist traps. I don’t think I saw any and I had fantastic pizza at every spot I chose.
Naples Gay Bars
If you want to hang out with some gay locals in Naples, then make sure to visit Bar Fiorillo in Piazza Bellini. Bar Fiorillo is not an official Naples gay bar, but it is an unofficial place that local gay guys have chosen as their spot.
You won’t find any rainbow flags outside or pop music hits blaring, but you will surely see groups of gay guys enjoying a good time.
The local guys that visit this Naples “gay bar” are seeking only a hangout spot as opposed to the standard, more ostentatious type of gay bar or club. Bar Fiorillo is crowded into the bustling Piazza Bellini, and so the gay men have sort of a “post” in the larger nightlife bustle.
For traditional Napoli gay bars, there are two worth checking out. Macho Lato is the most popular gay club in Naples. Macho Lato has a good atmosphere and a ton of space for dancing.
If you are in the Santa Lucia area Naples, give Ghetto Crime Gay Bar a try. I didn’t get a chance to make my way to this area of town so I couldn’t visit. Ghetto Crime Gay Bar has mixed reviews online and local gay men had mixed opinions. Perhaps leave this place for last and check it out if you have extra time.
Gay-Friendly Bars in Naples
In the main city center, there is a Napoli gay-friendly bar called Museum Shop & Bar. My friend Nicola and I met an older local gay man who took us here. This man knew the guys working at the bar inside and we all sat for drinks.
Inside Museum Bar & Shop there are a bunch of phallic mementos, perfect as a gift to a gay friend!
Top Naples Nightlife Spots
Piazza Bellini is the other classic nightlife area in Naples. This is where the locally-proclaimed Napoli gay bar is, as described in the prior section. There are so many people out and about in these streets, you’ll need to wade your way through the crowds. I’s a ton of fun and I highly recommend.
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Naples Gay Cruising
Naples has one gay cruising spot called Depot Napoli. Depot Napoli also has a bar inside but the small establishment is mostly for gay cruising in Naples.
Some gay locals I met in Piazza Bellini mentioned they tend not to go there. Another guy said he only visits once in a while. Their overall opinion was that Depot Napoli can be hit or miss and is usually frequented by tourists.
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Depot Napoli gay cruising is a bit far outside the Naples city center, so I did not visit. However, if you are visiting nearby Macho Lato gay bar, you should probably stop by and check it out!
Naples Gay Travel Tips
The Italians you see in Naples act very differently as compared to those in Rome, Florence or Milan. Take note of their informality and don’t be offended when you are not greeted with a formal “ciao, buona sera.” They are not being rude! They simply operate with less formality than the Italians to the north.
Perhaps this is an odd tip, but you can drink the water from the tap in Naples! Just like the water from the tap in Rome and other cities in Italy, tap water in Naples is safe to drink. I drank gallons from the tap and had no issues.
Traveling with all the ever-changing COVID-19 circumstances might be easier and less stressful if you insure your trip. A provider like Travelex Insurance can offer protection in case of medical issues abroad, theft and even delays or cancellation of your trip! They have multiple plan tiers starting at $20.
Napoli is much cheaper than the rest of Italy, which means inexpensive food and drinks! Street vendors sell Aperol Spritzes to go. They’re only around 1 Euro, so don’t be mad if it’s mostly prosecco!
Naples Safety Tips
Is Naples Dirty?
Naples is one of my top recommendations for Italy. I love this city since it’s authentic, real and the tourists can easily be avoided. The local gay life thrives and there is so much to explore. Let me know how your trip to wonderful Napoli turns out!
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