A long tour among four of the most appreciated cities in Italy. Milan, Florence, Pisa and Rome, where to experience and get deep inside the gay and lesbian Italian life while admiring some of the main artworks that have made of these cities so much appreciated by everyone. Time to experience the tours following in the footsteps of great homosexual personalities of the past, from Leonardo da Vinci in Milan to Michelangelo in Rome, passing through the wonderful Tuscany, one of the gay friendliest regions in Italy.
Arrive at the hotel with private transfer from / to the station / airport – Free day to relish in peace and tranquility the atmosphere of Milan. In the evening you may want to experience some typical dish of the Milan cuisine (risotto alla milanese, risotto with saffron, polenta, typical local sausages…) and the gay life of the city, especially in its gay area around Porta Venezia and Buenos Aires, in the bars as the Leccomilano, the Mono, the Rainbow, the Lelephant, and dance the night away at the dance clubs Borgo and Plastic.
Free morning – Spend the afternoon in Milan with a personal shopper who will suggest you on the shops and clothes to choose to be trendy and stylish. Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, where the most famous and trendiest shops are, like Tiffany, D&G, Gucci, Louis Vitton, Fendi, Bulgari, Aspesi, the perfect shops in the City of Fashion! Free evening.
Half day tour with private gay guide following in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci. Our guide is gonna show us that Leonardo was secretly in love with one of his disciples, Salaì, with whom he probably had lived an anguishing love story, that Leonardo painted in the portrait of St. John the Baptist, using his beloved Salaì as a model. We are going to visit the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana that conserves an important collection of the artworks of Leonardo’s disciples, among which Salaì. In the ancient Ambrosiana Library the original Leonardo’s Atlantic Code, the greatest Leonardo’s collection of drawings and notes. We continue our tour to the Ancient Art Museum inside the Sforza Castle, where Leonardo worked as an architect, painter and event creator. Here we find the Sala delle Asse painted by Leonardo in 1498 and the Art Gallery of the Castle, with splendid paintings made by Leonardo’s disciples. The last stop will be the Last Supper, the mysterious fresco Dan Brown took as the main subject of his best seller.
The tour will end with an odd dinner in typical Leonardian clothes in Vaprio, town that hosts the last dwelling of the artist, with the recipes Leonardo wrote and prepared himself!
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the station and high speed train to Florence. Arrive at the station in Florence and private transfer to a 4* gay friendly hotel, check in. Free time at disposal to experience the gay life in Florence, in some of the most frequented gay bars and clubs of the city: the Yag Bar, the Crisco Bar, the Fabrik, the Tabasco DiscoGay or the Butterfly Kiss. Florence has also typical dishes to taste: one for all: the T-Bone steak called Fiorentina, known worldwide for its amazing quality that comes from the cows of the valleys around Florence.
Meeting with our guide at the hotel. 3 hours private tour at Uffizi and Bargello: the femininity of the Botticelli illustrations, the perfection of Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings, the amazing David of Donatello…this and much more is what we are going to see at the Uffizi, one of the more beautiful and biggest art galleries in the world. At Bargello we will have the company of the Cellini’s statues (Apollo and Giacinto – Narcisus) the favorite of the Medici family who was often convicted for sodomy. Life of Italian great artists was usually covered in mystery. Our guide will unveil the varied aspects of their lives, among them their secret loves. Free time at disposal in the afternoon to relish the beauty of the city.
Breakfast in hotel and transfer from Florence to Rome with High Speed Train. Check in at the hotel in Rome. If you have time for lunch, Rome has so much to offer in terms of characteristic food: amatriciana and carbonara pasta, saltimbocca alla romana (small pieces of meat), the Roman porchetta (pork), coppiette (dry meat) and much more. In the afternoon we’ll have a visit of Hendrik Christian Andersen’s House, the Norwegian sculptor who chose Rome as the city to live in and with whom the American writer Henry James had a love story, as we can understand reading one of his frequent letters to the sculptor:
“Would to God that I could come to Rome and put my hands on you (oh, how lovingly I put them!) But this, alas, is hideously impossible.” February 9, 1902
In the evening you can experience the Roman gay life in the gay street just next to the Colosseum, with many gay bars such as the Coming Out, where to meet the gay and lesbian locals and having a pleasant night.
In the morning, we meet our local guides and delve into the core of the ancient city—the Forum, the Palatine Hill that housed the imperial residences, and the Colosseum, famous for its ghastly gladiatorial combats. While exploring the archaeological sites, we learn about Romans’ sexual mores (in which same-sex love played an important role) and examine the lurid tales of the emperors’ sex lives. After a lunch of traditional Roman specialties, we cross the river and visit the Vatican: a mixture of museum, church, and palace that contains one of the world’s truly great art collections. Here we will reveal (and revel in!) the irony of a superb collection of homoerotic art being housed by an institution that has a long history of homophobia. We are going to see the sculptures that recall the homosexual iconography, such as the Apollo del Belvedere, with a ‘twink’ face and a ‘bear’ body, then the magnificent Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo, gay and catholic, who expressed this inner struggle through the chiaroscuri in his paintings and several homosexual figures, as the angels kissing one another and two men kissing to celebrate their Assumption. Your evening is free to meander through the city and continue exploring its beauty and wonderful cuisine.
Our day begins with a drive into the countryside to Tivoli, where we visit two great villas, Unesco World Heritage sites: Villa Adriana, Emperor Hadrian’s country retreat (where, among other things, he built a temple to his lover Antinous, who was worshiped as a god after his death in the Nile), and Villa d’Este, with its splendid Renaissance gardens and fountains. In the afternoon time to relish thermal baths at the Terme Albule, a beautiful nd modern building with wellness and healthy treatment in a completely renovated environment.
Breakfast in hotel. Private transfer to station or airport. End of services
HOTEL MILANO 4*: HOTEL MANIN 4 O SIMILARI
HOTEL FIRENZE 4*: HOTEL ART GALLERY 4* O SIMILARI
HOTEL ROMA 4*: HOTEL KOLBE 4* O SIMILARI
HOTEL TIVOLI 4*: VICTORIA TIVOLI TERME
HOTEL MILANO 3*: HOTEL ZURIGO O SIMILARI
HOTEL FIRENZE 3*: HOTEL CARAVAGGIO O SIMILARI
HOTEL ROMA 3*: HOTEL DE ROME O SIMILARI
HOTEL TIVOLI 4*: VICTORIA TIVOLI TERME
Milan: Private transfer from the station or airport, 3 overnights in Hotel with breakfast, private gay guide, 3 hours, Da Vinci tour, half day personal shopper, transfer to Vaprio and ‘Leonardian’ dinner.
Private transfer to the station; train tickets
Florence: Private transfer from/to station, 2 overnights in Hotel with breakfast, gay friendly in double standard and free breakfast, 3 hours visit with private gay guide, skip-the-line entrance at the Uffizi and Bargello galleries, workshop at the perfumery Acquaflor. Private transfer to station, train tickets;
Rome: 2 overnights in Hotel with breakfast, with breakfast; entrance tickets to Vatican Museum, Colosseum and Tivoli Villas; private gay or gay friendly guide ; scheduled meals.
Tivoli: 1 overnight in Vittoria Tivoli Terme, private transfer to Tivoli a/r, afternoon entrance to the Terme, private transfer to station or airport.
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