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Where the gay Roman gods and goddesses are

Gay Rome

The closeting power of the Catholic Church is still strong in Rome today, but taking a look at so many naked statues decorating every square and fountain will remind you that the sacred and the sexual have always coexisted here.

The city hosted its first Pride events in 2000, naturally resulting in a negative reaction from the Pope. But gays have always been here, and everyone is getting used to it. If you happen to be in the city in the summer, look out for "Gay Village", a ten-week party with live acts, restaurants, and discos celebrating gay life. Some nice places to look for your own Roman god or goddess:


Start with a meal at gay-owned Asino Cotto, a restaurant serving creative Mediterranean cuisine, and end the night at Hangar, one of the oldest gay spots in the city. Located close to the Forum (Via in Selci 69), it is a relaxed place, although quite crowded on weekends.

ANGELO AZZURRO (Via Cardinal Merry del Val 13) is another good place to start your gay Roman visit where you can dance among a good local mix of gay men and lesbians. L'ALIBI (Via Monte Testaccio 44) is also popular, usually filled with as many locals as tourists. The dancefloor is downstairs, while upstairs is the open-air bar.

Coming Out is a friendly place with a pleasant atmosphere, mixing gay men and women, and offering live entertainment. Also check out the Gorgeous parties at club Alpheus. You can choose from 6 dancefloors and move to the latest dance and house mixes.

Friday nights are for Muccassassina, a gay party at Qube, with international DJs mixing house music heard over its 3 floors and 5 bars.

For a more hardcore scene, head to Skyline, a club with a darkroom and video bar.
Those looking for a sauna experience should head to Sauna Mediterraneo, a clean space on three levels with Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, dark rooms, and a bar.
At dinner time choose Edoardo II, a gay restaurant decorated with classic furnishings and serving Mediterranean cuisine including some veggie choices.

GAY-FRIENDLY HOTELS


For gay-friendly accommodation, choose Franklin Feel the Sound Hotel, a stylish hotel that is also an excellent value.
Others to consider are the Residence Barberini, and the Oly Hotel.

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