Rome is a controversial place for gay men. Remember your gay fantasies when you watched those movies with Roman soldiers and gladiators? See the whole world admiring the sculptures of gorgeous men by gay artists in Rome's museums? Capital of Italy, a big, free and democratic country? Don't expect too much from all that regarding the gay scene. Be it for reasons of mentality or because the Pope's power reaches also outside the walls of Vatican City, Rome has by far not the open and colourful gay life as other capitals in Europe.
But the situation started to change in the last years with a new generation of more open and self-confident gay men, as the annual ›Gay Village‹ open-air summer festival, EuroPride Roma 2011 and other events show.
As you can see on our
Gay Rome Map,
there are no particular gay areas in Rome.
The advantage is that you can explore the different parts of Rome also at night while you go to your favourite bars and clubs – no kidding!
After 23:00 you will often have to take a taxi or bus; regular night busses start from the bus terminal in front of the railway central station ›Termini‹.
Like everywhere in Italy, a membership card is required for all
gay cruise bars and saunas, usually the
UNO CLUB card. In Rome, the Arcigay card is also required for some of the gay parties.
If you don't have an Arcigay card yet, you
can usually acquire it at the entrance of the venues that require the card. (For foreigners it is 8 € for 3 months. When you acquire the card, you need to show your photo ID; after that you only need the membership card.)