Milan – Florence – Rome
A long tour to three of the most appreciated cities in Italy. Milan, Florence 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 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 most gay friendly region in Italy.
Milan – Florence – Rome
Arrive at the hotel with private transfer from the airport. Free day to relish in peace and tranquility the atmosphere of Milan. In the evening you may want to experience some typical dishes 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 Corso 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 after- noon in Milan accompanied by a personal shopper who will guide you through the best shops and will suggest you the clothes you need to wear to be trendy and stylish. You will find the most famous and trendiest shops and boutiques in Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and in Via Manzoni like Tiffany, D&G, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Bulgari, As- pesi, the perfect place in “the city of fashion” to do shopping! Free evening.
Half day tour with private gay guide following in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci. Your guide is going to show you that Leon- ardo was secretly in love with one of his disciples, Salaì, with whom he probably had lived an anguish- ing love story, that Leonardo painted in the portrait of St. John the baptist, using his beloved Salaì as a model. You are going to visit the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana that holds 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.
The tour will continue visiting the Ancient Art Museum inside the Sforza Castle, where Leonardo worked as an architect, painter and event creator; there you will 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 unusual dinner in typical Leonardian clothes in Vaprio, town that hosts the last dwelling of the artist, with the recipes Leonardo wrote and prepared himself! Overnight stay.
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: the T-Bone steak called Fiorentina, known worldwide for its amazing quality that comes from the cows of the valleys around Florence.
Meet the guide at the hotel and spend 3 hours in a private tour at the Uffizi Gallery and the Bargello Museum. At the Uffizi Gallery -one of the most beautiful and biggest art galleries in the world- you will see the femininity of the Botticelli illustrations, the perfection of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings and more. At the Bargello Museum you will have the company of the Cellini’s statues (Apollo and Giacinto – Narcissus) the favorite of the Medici family who was often convicted for sodomy. During the tour your guide will unveil the varied aspects of the Italian artists, among 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 ho- tel in Rome. If you have time for lunch, Rome has so much to offer in terms of characteristic food: You will eat at the Domus Magnanimi Restaurant, in front of the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, where you can taste the dishes of the ancient Romans and savor flavors of thousands of years ago! In the afternoon you will visit the 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; by reading a quote from his frequent letters to the sculptor you can understand their love: “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. Overnight stay in Rome.
In the morning, you will meet our local guides and delve into the core of the ancient city: you will see the Forum, the palatine Hill that housed the imperial residences, and the Colosseum -famous for its ghastly gladiatorial combats-. While exploring the archaeological sites, you will 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, you will cross the river and visit the Vatican: a mixture with museum, church, and palace that contains one of the world’s truly great art collections. Here is going to be revealed to you the irony of a superb collection of homoerotic art being housed by an institution that has a long history of homophobia. You 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 “chiaroscuro” 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: 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 and modern building with wellness and healthy treatment in a completely renovated environment. Overnight stay in Tivoli Hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Private transfer to station or airport. End of services.
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MILAN 3*: Hotel Zurigo or Similar 4*: Hotel Manin or Similar
FLORENCE 3* Hotel Caravaggio or Similar 4*: Hotel Baglione or Similar
ROME 3* Hotel de Rome or Similar 4*: Hotel Kolbe or Similar
TIVOLI 3* Hotel Tivoli Acque Albule Terme 4* Hotel Victoria Terme
Double standard room in Milan at Gay friendly hotel for 3 nights (Breakfast included), in Florence at a Gay friendly hotel for 2 days(Breakfast included), in Rome at a Gay Friendly hotel for 2 nights(Breakfast included) and in Tivoli at a Gay friendly hotel for 1 night(Breakfast included); private gay friendly guide for private 2 hours tour: personal shopper; Private 3 hours tour: “Leonardo Da Vinci Tour”, Private 3 hours tour: “Florence Tour”,Private 7 hours tour: “Ancient Rome and Vatican Museum”,Private 7 hours tour: “Ville Tivoli”; skip-the-line entrance tickets for all the museums/attractions indicated in the itinerary, transfers: round transfer from Airport/Station to Hotel in Milan, round transfer Milan to Vaprio, round transfer from Florence Train Station to Hotel, transfer from Rome to Tivoli with private car, transfer from Tivoli to airport; trains: Milan to Florence (economy class), Florence to Rome (economy class)
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