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The amazing Naples and the surrounding territory experienced in a gay-friendly way, going to discover all the curiosities, the hidden aspects and the homosexual personalities who have made this city great in culture and art. The incredible ruins of Pompeii and Paestum will be part of this tour, as well as the relaxing village of Sorrento, where to taste the local liquor Limoncello, and the island of Capri, a chic and trendy destination where to have some shopping before getting back to our homes..
After that, let’s dive in the Eastern part of Sicily, famous for the beauty of its Baroque cities, very appreciated place for gay and lesbian couples, Taormina, splendid gay friendly town with stunning views on the Mediterranean Sea and wonderful beaches and Catania, the town at the feet of the tallest volcano in Europe: Mount Etna. You’ll discover all these aspects of this side of Sicily, in a tour between architectural and nature marvels…
Taormina, Mount Etna and Catania…Great right?
Arrival at airport of Rome Fiumicino and transfer to station Termini. Train to Naples. Arrival at to station of Naples, assistance by a member from our staff and private transfer to the Hotel, gay-friendly, check in. Free time at disposal. Overnight in Naples.
Breakfast in hotel. In the morning, visit of the Archaeological Museum, where we’ll see the amazing collection of frescoes and statues that were excavated in Pompeii and other nearby sites. The Museum also has some fabulous homoerotic pieces, including the statue of Harmodios and Aristogeiton, the male-male couple who were revered as the founders of the Athenian democracy; and there is the fascinating Gabinetto Segreto, the collection of erotic art that until the 1960s was only open to “people of mature age and respectable morals.” Then, we’re going to see San Giovanni Maggiore, a church built on the rests of an ancient pagan temple probably commissioned by Hadrianus the Emperor in honour of his beloved Antinoo; Santa Maria del Carmine church where Corradino of Svevia and his cousin Federico were buried (they were probably homosexual). We’ll delight our taste eating a Naples delicacy: the Babà in one of the most famous pastry shops of the city: Al Capriccio, Tizzano, Vincenzo Bellavia, Mary, Scaturchio, Carraturo. In the evening you can not miss the classic Neapolitan pizza in one of the famous Neapolitan pizza at Sorbillo, where the traditional way of making pizza is kept alive. You may know that pizza was created right here, within the urban edges of Naples, and the actual denomination of pizza is known only since the XIX century, although the origins of the famous dish are very old.
Gay life in Naples gathers especially around Piazza Bellini, where local young gays and lesbians love to spend their nights in one or more of the several gay clubs that take place here. Among these, two of the most famous are the FREEiD in Vico San Geronimo and the Ghetto Crime Bar, in Via Giuseppe Ferrigni.
Breakfast in hotel and transfer to Pompeii.
Pompeii, the city destroyed by the uncontrollable power of nature, will unveil how ancient times were open-minded about sexual orientation. In the suburban thermal baths we’re going to see about sixteen scenes of gay sex between two men, two women and a threesome, as Catullus wrote in the Carmen 56.
Usually in these threesomes the woman got laid with the two men, in this case one of the men has sex with the other man. Transfer to Paestum in the afternoon. We find here a famous gay painting inside the Tomb of the Diver, the only example of Greek painting with figurative scenes, coming from the Classic, Archaic and Hellenistic period, which has survived in its entirety. Among the thousands of Greek tombs known at that time (700-400 BC) this is the only one that was decorated with frescoes of human subject. The scenes on the walls represent a total of ten men who entertain a banquet, lying on klinai: one playing the lyre, one plays the flute, one plays the còttabo (trying to hit the target with the sip of the wine in his cup), two in particular linger in attitudes of homosexual affection, a typical Greek habit: it is the ratio of pederasty, where one of the two men is in adulthood and the other one is a teenager, in a relationship pupil-teacher.
Return to Naples.
* Lunch at the restaurant Add’u Mimi’ Pompeii ‘with typical km0. menu of meat and fish dishes and extensive wine cellar. In the afternoon shift to private Paestum.
Breakfast in hotel and transfer by hydrofoil to Sorrento…Daily tour in this nice village on the Amalfi Coast, with its typical narrow alleys rich in artisanal shops, tasty flavors and beautiful views on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Time to buy some of the products of the area and taste the sweetness of the Limoncello, the famous liquor made with the lemons of this area, appreciated all around the country. Return to Naples.
Breakfast in hotel. From Naples via hydrofoil we are going to reach the nice island of Capri, the favorite destination of Tiberio the Emperor, bisexual known for his parties and where the famous and tragic homosexual scandal regarding Alfred Krupp, owner of the steelworks, occurred. We are going to discover the top of the homosexual life of Capri of the last decades of the XIX century and the World War II where here took place the élite homosexuality: aristocrats and factory captains who wanted to take distance from the hipocrisis of the countryland, esthetes, intellectuals in love with the Greek style of Capri.
The island got rich of beautiful villas, behind their curtains the cerimony of extreme took place, starting from Villa Lysis, with its golden reliefs like the ones Klimt used to paint.
People went to Capri as to the wonderful India, closing their old clothes in the closet and dressing in lavish way.
People went back in time and stayed with young guys, following socratic love stories and put aside moral obsessions. Between the World Wars, Capri became a branch of Lesvos. Overnight in Capri.
*Lunch on Capri seafood at the restaurant or The Emerald Restaurant Da Giorgio in the heart of Capri.
Today is gonna be a relaxing day entirely dedicated to sea and beach. Let’s discover the healthy power of the sea on our skin, take a visit of different spots on the island or stay lazy on the beach relishing the warming sun. Why not spending a visit to the famous faraglioni, typical rock formation that come out from the sea as pinnacles, or delighting your sense of taste with the excellent fish in one of the several restaurants or fish shops. Overnight in Capri.
Breakfast at hotel. Private Transfer by car to Naples airport. Flight to Catania. Afternoon arrival at Catania airport, welcome by our correspondent and a transfer to Taormina. We suggest a relaxing walk to the center of Taormina, in the evening dinner at the restaurant, gay-friendly, Rosso Peperoncino with typical Sicilian products. Overnight in Taormina.
Meeting, in the morning, with our guide to discover Taormina, following in the footsteps of Wilhelm von Gloeden, German photographer with a passion for painting. During one of his trips to Taormina followed the studies of photography with excellent results. This passion, made him a rich and famous man, the Sicilian rural town. Nearly 50 years of history of Taormina focus on the life of this character: in front of his naked youths with laurel wreath, Gloeden has become famous for his eccentricity. For example, he loved to swim in her house with sea water, and every day, naked boys, filled his bathtub with salt water, carrying barrels on the shoulder from the beach (hence the painting “The guys Von Gloeden” ). Taormina was a sexual aim for famous writers, painters and personalities of international politics and economy, among them Oscar Wilde, the great actress Eleonora Duse and his companion Gabriele D’Annunzio. Taormina, renowned also and above all for its beautiful beaches and its coast, so as to enrich the landscape of the village. Relax on the wide golden beaches, clear waters or even in secluded romantic coves, enjoying the scents and colors of Sicily. Romance and charm will accompany your stay in the picturesque bay of Taormina. Overnight in Taormina
* Lunch at the Restaurant Al Saraceno, where you can taste the typical Mediterranean food with a breathtaking view.
This morning our guide will take you through a boat trip to discover the beauties of the sea: the Bay of Naxos, the Cave of Love, Capo Taormina, Sirens Bay, Isola Bella, Blue Grotto, Mazzarò, St. Nicholas Bay. During the tour, free time to enjoy a refreshing swim in front of the beauties of Taormina. The beaches of this beautiful city are among the most beautiful of Sicily, pebble beaches and a rich and colorful vegetation, make this landscape, a real treasure for the Mediterranean. In the coast of Giardini Naxos we will witness an alternating colors, from golden sand, the silver gray pebbles, which render the crystal clear waters. Return in the evening and dinner on board. Overnight in Taormina.
With a private transfer we will reach the Baroque city of Catania. Meeting with our guide to explore the city, starting from Piazza Frederick of Swabia, then the Ursino Castle, the ancient Norman castle of the city, the Roman baths, the fish market, Piazza del Duomo with its many buildings and symbol of Catania, the Elephant Fountain. In the afternoon we will reach the highest volcano in all of Europe: Etna. Admire fascinating volcanic phenomena, walking through woods, eccentric craters and singular Etna lava formations. You will visit a winery and its vineyards, where there will be a tasting of 4 wines DOC Etna, combined with a tasty brunch made from fresh local products of Sicily (cheeses, meats, legumes, oil products and fresh bread). Return in the evening in Taormina. Overnight in Taormina.
In the morning, transfer to the airport of Catania and flight to Rome.
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