One of the best ways to visit an ancient city is to understand how life is and how was in the ancient days.
A tour to discover how was the Homosexuality in the Ancient Rome and what Romans thought about homosexuality in the proofs they have left to us.
In this tour you will discover how Homosexuality was conceived in the past. Our Gay Friendly guide will take you on a tour that will unveil the secrets from the past.
Most of the time, Romans wrote about love for example: Ovid (43 B.C.E.-17 C.E.) love can be inspired by “a boy or a girl” (aut puer aut … puella) and Lucretius (94-55 B.C.E.) sees no difference “whether boy or women” (sive puer … seu mulier).
Visit the most beautiful attractions of the Eternal City and find out all the details has ever showed!
Price based on a group size minimum of 2 participants
Basic package quote for small groups, private tours, lunch and/or dinner in typical restaurants, extension of the tour at the Jewish Ghetto
The tour starts at the Oppian Hill, one of the famous Seven Hills of Rome that has a beautiful view on the Colosseum.
Afterwards we will visit the Colosseum and thanks to a skip-the-line ticket we will enter without being stressed by a long wait.
You will be captured by the amazing structure and our guide will explain about the history of the Colosseum and their protagonists like the Roman Soldiers. The history tell us that these soldiers needed to show their self-discipline not only during a battle but during their lives. In fact Augustus, considered as the first Emperor, prohibited soldiers from marrying, but another kind of sexual behaviors where available for them as prostitutes of any gender, male slaves, war rape and same-sex relations.
Our guide will recount you the life inside the most famous monument in the world: fights between gladiators, also with the ships. We’ll have a little break in the nearby of The Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Maxentius.
From there we reach the Palatine Hill -the most famous of the seven hills of Rome and where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf. We can see the Imperial Fora and the Circus Maximus which was an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium.
Some stories about ancient homosexual personalities become to life, some Emperors were part of that hidden history.
Nero was the last Roman Emperor of the dynasty founded by Augustus. Some stories about his sexuality had been left by some writers like Suetonius that relates (“Nero”, 28-9) how Nero used to enjoy sexual relationships with men, even he married Sporus and he treated him as a wife. Nero was also related to Doryphorus, assuming the passive role with him.
Then we take a walk along The Via Sacra,the main street of ancient Rome, where we will find the Temple of Caesar, the site where he was cremated.
Julius Caesar was a Roman politician and military leader, he was known for having an affair with the king of Bithynia from which he was referred as the “Queen of Bithynia”. Also some tellings say that when he won the battle against Gauls the soldiers sang “Caesar may have conquered the Gauls, but Nicomedes conquered Caesar” and he was also known as “Every woman’s man and every man’s woman”
We’ll also see Piazza Venezia and the Pantheon During the tour.
We suggest to have lunch at the Coming Out, near the Colosseum, in the gay area of Rome.