Gay Florence Travel Guide

News, Parties & Events in Florence

|  3 May 2014
Mister Leather Italy 2014: contest and party (with strict dresscode) at Fabrik.
23:00 – 04:00 @ Fabrik (Florence Calenzano, Via del Lavoro 19) [ Map - Mister Leather Italy 2014 @ Fabrik ]
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|  17  –  20 June 2014
Pitti Immagine Uomo: 86th fashion week for new men's fashion. The fair sees itself as an important presentation site for young, ambitious and occasionally unconventional menswear labels. Sometimes also the big established designers present their men's fashion – mainly as official star guests – but the focus is on launching new brands of fashion for men. In June the collections for the spring/summer season of next year are showcased.
|  24 June 2014
Festa di San Giovanni & Calcio Storico Fiorentino: Every year on 24 June, Florence celebrates Saint John the Baptist, the patron saint of the city.
Festivities include the fireworks at 22:00 (best watched from the banks of the Arno river) and the final match of the football games in historical costumes (›Calcio Storico Fiorentino‹, which some claim to be the true origin of modern football) in Piazza Santa Croce.
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About Florence and its gay life

David statue in Florence

Florence, a centre of medieval trade and finance and
long ruled by the Medici family, was the birthplace of
the Italian Renaissance, represented by such names
as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and
Machiavelli. Florence is world-famous especially
for its art and architecture and has been one of
the most visited cities in Europe for centuries.

The downside of this popularity is that thousands
of tourists push through the narrow streets day
by day. Our tip: In the evening – when most of
the tourist groups and busses have left the city
center – the streets and piazzas of Florence are
much more enjoyable. Piazza di Santa Croce,
Piazza della Signoria and cutie David are still
admirable after sunset. Ponte Vecchio has more
atmosphere at night without all the jewelry shacks
and may be the perfect end of a romantic walk along the river. And by all means try the delicious Tuscan cuisine – but avoid the gastronomic tourist traps along the main sights and tourist paths.

Although Florence had the first gay disco in Italy (back in 1974), the gay bars and clubs in Florence are rather small in number and size. Some of the reasons are the rather conservative atmosphere in Florence, the real estate prices within the city and the poor parking opportunities (most guys live in the area around Florence).

In case you travel around Northern Italy check out also our gay guide for Bologna (one hour north of Florence).

P.S.: In case you wonder about the ›r‹ in many street numbers on the following pages: Street addresses in Florence have a double numbering system with red and black numbers. The ›r‹ stands for ›rosso‹ (red).