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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 gay 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 into 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…
Arrival at airport of Rome Fiumicino and transfer to Termini railway station. Train to Naples. Arrival atNapes station, assistance by a member from our staff and private transfer to the Hotel. Check in. Time off. Overnight
Breakfast in hotel. In the morning, visit of the Archaeological Museum, where you’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; visit the fascinating Gabinetto Segreto, the collection of erotic art that until 1960s was open only to “people of mature age and respectable morals.” Then, visit San Giovanni Maggiore, a church built on the rests of an ancient pagan temple probably commissioned by Emperor Hadrianus in honor of his beloved Antinoo; Santa Maria del Carmine Church, where Corradino from Swabia and his cousin Frederick were buried (they were probably homosexual). We’ll delight our taste eating a Naples delicacy: 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 pizzerias 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 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 the ancient times were open-minded about sexual orientation. In the suburban thermal baths watch sixteen scenes of gay sex between two men, two women and a threesome, as Catullus wrote in the Carmen 56. Usually in these threesomes a woman got laid with 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 a 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 0km menu, based on meat and fish dishes and on N extensive wine cellar. In the afternoon move to 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 Emperor Tiberio, bisexual, known for his parties and where the famous and tragic homosexual scandal regarding Alfred Krupp, owner of the steelworks, occurred. Discover the top of the homosexual life of Capri of the last decades of the XIX century and the World War II. After the war, Capri became a ‘buen retiro’ for homosexual aristocrats and factory captains who wanted to take the distance from the hipocrisy of their homeland, esthetes, intellectuals in love with the Greek style of Capri. The island got rich of beautiful villas, behind their curtains the ‘extreme’ evolved, starting from Villa Lysis, with its golden reliefs like the ones Klimt used to paint. People went to Capri as it were a mystic India, forgetting their cloths in the closet and dressing in a lavish way. Elderly people used to live with young guys, following socratic love stories and put aside moral obsessions. Overnight in 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 to various spots on the island or stay lazy on the beach relishing the warming sun. Visit the famous faraglioni, typical rock formation that come out from the sea as pinnacles, and delight your senses of taste wth 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, meet and greet with your driver and transfer to Taormina. We suggest a relaxing walk to the center of Taormina. Dinner at the gay friendly restaurant Rosso Peperoncino with typical Sicilian products. Overnight in Taormina.
Meet our guide to discover Taormina, on the footsteps of Wilhelm von Gloeden, German photographer with a passion for painting. During one of his trips to Taormina, he attended photography courses, with excellent results. This passion made a rich and famous man of him. Nearly 50 years of history of Taormina focus on the life of this artist: with his naked youngsters 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, a bunch of naked boys filled his bathtub with salty water, carrying barrels on the shoulder from the beach (hence the painting “The guys Von Gloeden” ). Taormina was a sexual destination for famous writers, painters and personalities of international politics and economy. Amonst them, Oscar Wilde, the great actress Eleonora Duse and her companion Gabriele D’Annunzio. Taormina is also renowned for its beautiful beaches and its coast. 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.
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, take your time to enjoy a refreshing swim in front of the beauties of Taormina. The beaches of this beautiful city are amongst the most beautiful of Sicily: pebble beaches and a rich and colorful vegetation, make this landscape, a real treasure for the Mediterranean. In Giardini Naxos admire the changing colors from golden sand to the silver grey pebbles. Return in the evening and dinner on board. Overnight in Taormina.
Reach the Baroque town of Catania. Meet our guide and 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, Duomo Square, with its many buildings and symbols of Catania,such as the Elephant Fountain. In the afternoon we will reach the highest volcano in 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 Etna wines, 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. End of services.