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The glorious past of Rome had great personalities. A number of them hide secrets concerning their homosexuality, which have never been revealed, although in ancient times sodomy was a very common practice and somehow accepted. From the Vatican Museum to the Colosseum, from the Unesco Villas in Tivoli to the splendid Orvieto in Umbria, a complete gay-friendly tour, into the Roman Empire.
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Rome, Tivoli, Bomarzo and Orvieto
Starting from € 1400,00 (per person on double occupancy)
Arrival and transfer from airport to the hotel. Free afternoon. Aperitif at Coming out, few steps from Colosseum in the Roman gay street, to savor Roman delicacies.
Rome, the eternal City, the magic of history and the present, symbols and characters will have no more secrets. The guide will tell you about the great emperor and leader Julius Caesar, described by Svetonius as the “wife of all husbands and the husband of all wives”. Many of his enemies used to make fun of him calling him the “Queen of Bithynia” for his relationship with the king of Bithynia, king Nicomede VI. There will be many untold stories the guide will share with you, as the one regarding the eccentric Nero who ﬁrst married Sporo, and then the young Doriforo as well.
Tivoli is a city located upon Tiburtini hills founded in 1215 BC and deﬁned by Virgilio the poet “Tibur Superbum” This place is well known for the sulphurous thermal sources used since ancient times. Tivoli is also famous because it hosts three Roman Villas, two of them Unesco world heritage sites, Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este. Villa Adriana is the one that mostly celebrates the love Hadrianus felt for Antinous who was celebrated with several monuments after he drawn in the Nile river. Back to Rome you are going to visit a XVIII century palace in Renaissance style, one of the most important in Rome, palazzo Massimo, that hosts one of the most important classical art collections in the world. Among the artefacts there are some original Greek statues, as The boxer and the Niobide. Back to Rome you will visit Via Portuense, an old Roman street built at the end of the I century AD to link the city to the port on river Tevere. In the local resort&spa, you will relish a unique and magic experience: itineraries with baths in fascinating underground paths, 10.000 sqm of wellness, a unique way to satisfy all of our senses in an itinerary curated in every single detail. Return in hotel and evening at disposal *Private transfer from the hotel to Tivoli and back. Lunch at the restaurant La Sibilla, with the view on the Temple of Vesta (typical products) or at the Osteria La Briciola, 10 minutes far from the center of Tivoli, known for its DOP and DOC products..
DAY 4: BOMARZO PARK OF MONSTERS AND ORVIETO Visit to Bomarzo and the Park of Monsters. Park of Monster is a natural theater, in the town of Bomarzo. Its statues, masks and architectures will take you to a wonderful world. The Park was created on commission of Pier Francesco Orsini and by the architect Pirro Ligorio. At the age of 35 he retired with his wife Giulia Farnese in Bomar- zo and after her death he spent his life studying the classics for his park. Sculptures are made by peperino stones from the valley. The most famous sculpture is the orch one but also the hanging house and the funeral tomb of Giulia. In the wood there is a unique sensation of peace and wellness. Lunch break in Bomarzo. The tour proceeds to the an- cient town of Orvieto, where the ﬁrst settlements date around IX century BC and were built inside the grottoes inside the mountain where the current town stands nowadays. You are going to visit the stunning Duomo, rich in artworks and with its beautiful facade. From the Duomo we are heading to the streets of the historical center, among the artisan shops and the ﬂoreal alleys. You cannot miss a visit to the Pozzo di San Patrizio, 62 meters deep and with a diameter of 13,5 meters. Return to the hotel in the evening.
Italian food ingredients on wooden background. Day dedicated to tastings, fun and the secrets of the Italian cuisine. A day with friends, with a magniﬁcent chef, excellent food and selected ingredients in a welcoming environment. You are going to be Chef for one day… you are going to discover the secret techniques of the Italian cuisine. Here are the main dishes: 1 Italian Chef New friends to meet, In the heart of Rome, among the scents and ﬂavors of the restaurants 5 hours cooking lesson. 1 spoon rich in positive spirit 4 dishes with organic ingredients: Starter, homemade pasta, meat dish and dessert Gran ﬁnale, sit and taste these good dishes in a friendly and fun environment!
Relish a fun and relaxing day in the gay beach of Capocotta. The natural reserve of Capocotta recalls the sea of Fire Island, the gay beach in New York, in the Hamptons in the dunes on wooden paths. Sea, sun and beach volley matches, a natural way to live the summer gay life of Rome. Return to Rome in the evening.
DAY 7: ROME (VATICAN MUSEUM) You will visit the Vatican Museum, where you are going to admire the sensuality of the Greek. Roman sculptures with their plastic shapes. You will listen to what has never been told before. The guide is going to tell you about secret love stories and scandals occurred within the papal rooms, and about the cruelest dynasties, the Borgias and the Sforzas. You will admire the majesty of the Sistine Chapel, unveiling details usually hidden, as the presence in the Giudizio Universale of two men kissing each other to celebrate their Assumption in Heaven. You will see many sculptures that recall the homosexual iconogra- phy, such as the ‘Apollo del Belvedere’, with his “twink” face and a “bear” body. To deeply understand the talent of the great art- ists whose artworks are exposed the guide will tell you everything about their personal life. From Michelangelo, homosexual and Catholic guy, at the service of Papal State, who represented his inner struggle in his ‘chiaroscuri’, until the lovestory between Leonardo Da Vinci and his disciple Salaì, that many researchers think may have been portrayed in the John the Baptist’s face, iwhen painting the ‘Last Supper’.
Check out in hotel and private transfer to airport on request. End of services.