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Tuscany Gay Travel

Did you know Tuscany has a huge gay beach town? Find the best gay bars in the region with this Tuscany gay travel guide. Pisa, Lucca, Torre del Lago cannot be missed!

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The Gay Travel Experience: Tuscany, Italy

Pisa is well known to most travelers, but neighboring Lucca and Torre del Lago will allow any traveler to get an authentic slice of Italian culture. Tuscany is an easy place to be a member of the LGBT community since being gay is widely accepted.

Tuscany Gay Travel friends in Lucca
Tuscany Gay Travel friends in Lucca
gay travel experience Tuscany

I found it interesting to learn that conservative Italians specifically inhabit Lucca. A local I met at the Mamamia party informed me how it is less common there to express affection in public as compared to Pisa and Torre del Lago.

gay travel experience Tuscany

Perhaps this was just his opinion given I did not find there to be any hostility toward the gay community. Lucca is a beautiful area that truly is romantic.

Gay Tuscany: Where to Stay

Pisa is filled with hostels and other cheap accommodations because it’s a main stopping point for backpackers. 

leaning tower of Pisa

I stayed in a shared Airbnb right near the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This area wasn’t the most picturesque in terms of architecture, but I surely found value here. There were many cheap places to eat and grab coffee nearby.

leaning tower of Pisa
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city center streets in Pisa Italy

Stay in central Pisa near the river if your budget allows. Tourists flood the northern bit of the city, so there is not much of an authentic feel. The streets bustle with people In the city center. There are many more enjoyable outdoor restaurants in this part of town. Explore streets off the beaten path to find some authentic restaurants.

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Most likely, you will arrive north of Central Pisa If you are traveling by bus. This was another reason why I stayed in this area of town. You can catch a public bus into the city center from this main bus lot area. There are machines where you can buy tickets, which cost about two euros.
city center streets in Pisa Italy
Tuscany gay travel
Tuscany gay travel

The central rail station is on the southern end of town. It’s quite easy to walk form the rail station directly into Pisa, so you shouldn’t need a taxi unless you have a lot of luggage.

Tuscany Experiences for the Gay Traveler

Definitely walk through the city center and spend an evening in a trattoria! Take in the outdoors and the clanging of restaurant dishes as the sun sets. There are many small shops in Pisa as well, especially in the main streets which cross the river. Strolling over Ponte di Mezzo at sunset is quite romantic

Pisa Italy
Pisa Italy
Lucca best restauranta
Whilst in Italy, I ate enough pizza to feed a small army! I suggest you try several different types of pizza at a few different restaurants to get a feel for what your idea of “good pizza” really is. Comparing the flavors and thickness with pizza made in other parts of the world is always interesting. Also, you absolutely must have the traditional Aperol Spritz before your lunch or dinner. It’s cheap and delicious.
Lucca best restauranta

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is of course on everyone’s bucket list. A fundamental example for geotechnical engineers, the tower is truly beautiful in person. Also, the lawn surrounding the nearby buildings is ideal for taking in some sun. As you are walking through town, spend a few minutes in the Piazza dei Cavalieri, a wide-open square with nice architecture.

Lucca town center Italy
Lucca gay travel
Lucca gay travel
If you happen to be looking for a place to exercise in Pisa, there is a no-frills gym called Pisa #Ready in the south side of the city center. They have a full range of equipment. They charge about 10 euros for a day pass and also have full-week options. Be sure to bring your own water bottle, soap and towel as the locker room facilities are minimal.

Visiting Lucca

It’s easy to catch a train to Lucca for a day trip if you are staying in Pisa. Italians love Lucca for the one-of-a-kind vibe straight out of a storybook. A massive wall surrounds the elevated city. Lucca boasts one of the few renaissance-era walls that are still completely intact!
city of Lucca Italy
cafe in italy
city of Lucca Italy
Much less touristic than Pisa, you’ll catch a true glimpse of Italian life. Within the walls of Lucca are beautiful bike and pedestrian trails which overlook the surrounding region from their elevated position.

The Cutest Café in Pisa

Go pay a visit to Caffe Sant’Anna if you’re interested in some great coffee with fantastic service and free Wi-Fi. Some of the friendliest service I have ever encountered in my entire life, I felt like a true Italian ordering my morning cappuccino!

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They also have outdoor seating, perfect for taking in the vibe of the city. Remember that on Sundays, many cafes are closed.

Gay Bars in Tuscany

Marina di Torre del Lago Puccini boasts the best gay nightlife in the region. Tons of bars, restaurants and lounges line Viale Europa, a beachside road. Mamamia is a huge indoor-outdoor gay dance party that quite literally spills into the parking lot.

Torre del Lago Tuscany gay club

Mamamia is a rowdy party to attend, even into late September! The music was upbeat and there were fun drag queens and dancers on the balconies. The party usually starts just before 1:00 and will go until pretty late. I left at 3:30 and it was still full.

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Torre del Lago Tuscany gay club
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If dancing is not your thing, then spend a night in Lucca where you can enjoy a trattoria all night long! There are many high-end restaurants in this small city, perfect for a date or group dinner. I stayed one night outside Lucca in Altopascio called Hotel Paola. It is right near the train station so the next morning I could easily head back to Pisa.

Tuscany Gay Travel Tips

If you want to visit Torre del Lago just for a night out, take a taxi directly there and back. Although the train goes to the area, it is not desirable to walk the distance between the station and the beach because it’s very dark walking though the nearby campgrounds.

If you take the train there, go before sunset so you can enjoy the walk. A taxi is about 50 euros one way from central Pisa.

bike rentals Lucca
bike rentals Lucca
When visiting any tourist-filled area, I would steer clear of the guys selling necklaces and trinkets on the street. They will approach you and place bracelets and what not on you, but don’t let them. They can become aggressive when you refuse to give them money. Engaging with them will only prolong the interaction, so just aim to avoid it.
Public transit after dark can be a little unreliable. Unfortunately, local busses did not arrive as indicated per Google Maps. Leave plenty of extra time if you are catching a train or flight.

Order Coffee like a Local

First of all, Italians are specific with their coffee. Here’s a tip to not look like a clueless tourist. Cappuccinos and lattes are for breakfast only; ordering these after dinner is strange to Italians. Furthermore, they find drinking any coffee right before a meal to be odd.

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After dinner, only espresso is acceptable to order in Italian culture. Espresso is an anytime drink, and is otherwise known as Italian coffee. For the Americans, there is no such thing as iced coffee and Americanos really are not common.
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The region of Tuscany is truly beautiful and peaceful. There is so much to see and visit. Let me know how your travels go in a comment below.

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Will you be exploring the great city of Rome? Check out the wolfyy Rome Gay Travel Guide.
If you prefer to stay near Tuscany, make sure to read wolfyy’s Florence Gay Travel Guide.
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