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Before setting off, enjoy the amazing city of Rome and discover the greatness of the Roman Empire with the Colosseum and the untold histories of the Vatican. Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and unveil more than one hidden secret.
Naples and Amalfi are waiting for you, as well as the astonishing Pompeii, the town which was destroyed by the eruption of volcano Vesuvius, keeping the corps under ashes for thousands of years. Experience great food and visit one of the best wineries along the coast. Not forgetting Naples and its archeological museum, which collect hundreds of Greek and Roman homoerotic statues. Sailing southward, you are in Catania, Sicily, one of the few Italian towns showcasing the legacy of an active gay community, which was devastated by fascism. Then Venice, at the end of your journey. Discover the greatness and luxury of the first Italian town to accept the gay community. Visit the residence of poet Byron, learn about Thomas Mann and his lovers, not forgetting Casanova. Enjoy good wine and street food at a local winery, a ‘bacaro’.
Take advantage of QUIIKY shore excursions on Atlantis Cruise and discover a gay Italy you would never imagine!
This tour focuses on LGBTQ aspects of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, including Michelangelo’s masterworks.
Skip the lines with us and view the unparalleled collection of artwork at the Vatican Museums. With our gay/gay-friendly guides you will experience the hidden LGBTQ histories housed in these venerable halls.
Be mesmerized by Michelangelo’s Pietà and by the Raphael Rooms. View the masterpiece depicting St. Sebastian, the patron saint of homosexuality, and bask in the beauty of Raphael Sanzio’s masterpiece “The Parnasus” featuring the poet Sappho, an icon of lesbian lore and female sexuality.
Plunge into the unveiled homosexuality of Pope Julius III and his infamous young lover, Innocenzo del Monte, whose tempestuous love affair rocked the church. Discover the most epic love story in Rome: the one between Emperor Adrian and Antinous, and visit the mysterious tomb of Princess Christine of Sweden, a declared lesbian, buried in St. Peter’s Basilica. Finally, take your time to enjoy the ‘Last Judgement’ in the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s expression of his turbulent soul. Eagle-eyed visitors will find more than one character in this amazing masterpiece engaging in homosexual/bisexual behavior (such as two male angels kissing).
Three-hour walking tour with gay/gay-friendly English-speaking guide.
Starts from 9:30 am – Ends at 12:30 pm
QUOTE PER PERSON 130,00 €
This tour focuses on LGBTQ aspects of the Colosseum and the Palatine Fora. Start the tour at the Oppian Hill, one of the famous Seven Hills of Rome. Take in the magnificent view of the Colosseum from above before you skip the lines and enter the majestic arena.
Enjoy an historic narration about the lifestyle of the Roman soldier, including his sexual habits and associated military rules. For example, Emperor Augustus prohibited his troops from marrying or engaging in relationships that might divide their loyalty to him and the empire, only sex with prostitutes and slaves was allowed.
Be enthralled in front of the Arch of Constantine before reaching the Imperial Fora the Circus Maximus and the Palatine Hill. Listen to the untold gay stories of the great and controversial leaders who built this city: Augustus, Nero and Julius Caesar himself (“the husband of all wives and the wife of all husbands”) at the Temple of Caesar. The tour closes with a guided visit to the legendary Pantheon.
Three-hour walking tour with gay/gay-friendly English-speaking guide
Starts from 3 pm – Ends at 6 pm
QUOTE PER PERSON 120,00 €
This tour focuses on LGBQT aspects of the Pompeii villas and Naples’ Archeological Museum. In the morning, visit Pompeii, the city frozen in stone, and a time capsule of Greek and Roman culture. Discover the ruins of the Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D., men and women preserved forever in ashes. Visit houses, streets and thermal baths adorned with artwork depicting explicit sex scenes and homosexual relationships.
Enjoy stories of day-to-day Roman life and its important Greek influences. The ancient Greek’s veneration of male lovers deeply influenced life in ancient Pompeii. Same sex love was expression of power and maleness, while marriage was often just a pretext and mechanism to have children.
Transfer back to Naples.
Lunch is included.
In the afternoon, visit the Archeological Museum in Naples and enjoy the narration of our gay/gay-friendly guide. Get skip-the-line tickets and discover the Greek and Roman culture of the ‘beautiful body’.
The amazing collection of frescoes and statues that were excavated in Pompeii and some nearby sites include this fresco of Sappho, the lesbian Greek poet, painted holding a stylus in deep contemplation of the viewer. The Museum also has some fabulous homoerotic pieces, including the statue of Harmodius and Aristogeiton, the male-male couple who were revered as the founders of the Athenian democracy.
Learn about the idea of love between men in the early Greek culture. Many Greek gods and heroes had affairs with men or boys according to historical information. Zeus, king of the gods and leader of the pantheon, was renowned for his capture of Ganymede, god of homosexuality. Achilles and Patroclus were known by poets and dramatists for their prowess as warriors on the battlefield, and as passionate and voracious lovers.
Combo eight-hour tour (van+walking) with gay/gay-friendly English-speaking guide. Does not include lunch
Starts from 9 am -Ends at 5 pm
QUOTE PER PERSON 260,00 €
This tour focuses on The Amalfi Coast: Ravello, Amalfi and Corbara. This is a leisure, sun and food-filled shore excursion: perfect for those who are looking for complete relaxation and fun in the picturesque Neapolitan countryside.
Daniele is your guide, driver and sommelier (a wine expert)! Discover Ravello on your own: with a one-hour walk in this tiny village near Amalfi. Visit Villa Cimbrone or Villa Rufolo, before heading to Amalfi for some sun and beach. After a short and scenic drive with Daniele, you will unwind on the Amalfi beach, sunbathing and swimming into the clear blue sea. Take your snorkeling equipment and a sun towel with you!
Early afternoon, Daniele will take you to Corbara for lunch. Your host is the Borgo Giulia, an old local winery, which produces 100% organic wine. Your meal will be completely farm-to-table and based on traditional cuisine with vegetables, local cheese and fish. Daniele will serve a curated selection of the house wine – one for each course.
After your meal, peruse the wine and local products for sale. Make sure to check out the locally produced cosmetics here, made from the stems of the vines. In less than one hour’s drive, Daniele returns you to the port in Naples to embark for the next cruise stop!
Combo nine-hour tour (van+walking) with gay/gay-friendly English-speaking guide. Includes lunch.
Starts from 8:30 am – Ends at 5:30 pm
QUOTE PER PERSON 320,00 €
This tour focuses on the historical and current LGBTQ scene in Sicily. Catania – the Sicilian headquarters of LGBTQ+ lifestyle in Southern Italy: Enjoy a promenade with our gay guide, try the fresh Catanese seafood and listen to the secrets of the young men and women who were persecuted during the II World War for being gay or lesbian. First stop, the Duomo (the Cathedral) and the Elephant Fountain in the historical center of Catania (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Then, up to the ‘Ursino Castle’, which oversees the town and has been the meeting point for the ‘arrusi’ (passive) and the ‘masculi’ (active) for generations.
You will proceed to last remaining male-only ballroom in Catania. The ballroom scene was devastated during the 1939 fascist roundup of gay men who were deported and assassinated. During those harrowing years, the Benedictine Monastery walls served as meeting points for battuage ad cruising, as did Piazza Roma and Villa Bellini.
The guide will stop at the fish market to enjoy some of the best Sicilian seafood delicacies for lunch. After lunch you will travel to the infamous ‘red light district’: The San Berillo District, where prostitution was the only way to fight against harassment and the only possible income for many gay men.
The tour then proceeds up the flight of steps in Via Alessi, an obscure meeting point for gay couples and for cruising, to the ‘arvuru russu’ (the ‘red tree’, in Sicilian dialect). This old tree was the symbol of the largest gay community in Italy during the 30s. Here, many gay men were killed and 45 deported by the Fascist Army. A long, deep fracture in the tree trunk still bears witnesses to that tragedy. The tour ends at the port.
Combo six-hour tour (van+walking) with gay/gay-friendly English-speaking guide. Includes traditional
street food experience
Starts at 11 am – Ends at 5 pm
QUOTE PER PERSON 150,00 €
This tour focuses on the LGBTQ history of Venice and includes a traditional ‘bacaro’ experience.
This is the perfect end to your cruise vacation – a guided tour of one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world. Venice hides an important gay history which goes back to ancient times, and the city has always been an epicenter of LGBQT activity and community in the region. Discover the origins of the gay community here, one of the oldest in the world, and the cast of colorful characters that inhabited it. ‘La Serenissima’ as it was known in the XVIII century was a rich and modern city with inconsistent moral values; prostitution was tolerated while homosexuality was considered immoral. This conflict helped create some of the most notorious romantic characters of the modern age, whose exploits still capture our imagination. Learn about Lord Byron’s love stories, about Casanova’s many romances, and about Thomas Mann’s unrequited love for a young Venetian man. Visit Palazzo Mocenigo (Byron’s residence) and the Palazzo Ducale to discover how sexuality was approached by Venetian notables. Walk through systems of ‘campi’(squares) and winding calle (streets) to plunge into the true story of Venice. Finally, at the Rialto Bridge, enjoy a glass of local wine at a ‘bacaro’, the typical Venetian wine bar. The perfect ending to an amazing vacation in Italy!
Three-hour walking tour with gay/gay-friendly English-speaking guide San Marco Square ending at 6:00 pm. Includes ‘aperitivo at the bacaro’.
Starts at 3 pm – Ends at 6 pm
QUOTE PER PERSON 150,00 €
AUG 8-17, 2020. CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION
ROME –POMPEII – NAPLES – AMALFI – CATANIA – VENICE
Book in advance at QUIIKY !
All tours ( Naples, Amalfi and Catania) will be escorted from port pick-up to port drop-off
Customers are expected to board ship at least 1.5 hours before sailing time