Florence Gay Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Florence

|  16 October 2021
Bear Troops: gay party for bears and friends with DJ Lorenzo Nutini at the gay cruising and dance club Fabrik in Calenzano (approx. 15 km outside of Florence).
From 22:00 @ Fabrik (Calenzano, Via del Lavoro 19)
|  23 – 31 October 2021
Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea 2021: commercial exposition of contemporary art, held every two years. Also known as Florence Biennale.
@ Fortezza da Basso (Viale Filippo Strozzi 1)
|  11 – 13 January 2022
Pitti Immagine Uomo: semiannual 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.
09:00 – 18:00/16:00 @ Fortezza da Basso (Viale Filippo Strozzi 1)
|  24 June 2022
Festa di San Giovanni & Calcio Storico Fiorentino: Every year on 24 June, Florence in Italy 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 in the afternoon 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.

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. ***, from 70 €
Boutique hotel in the heart of Florence, only a few metres away from the world-famous cathedral. Stylish, individually designed rooms with modern facilities.
@ Via dei Calzaiuoli 13
Florence 50122

About Florence

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 names such as Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
Florence is world-famous especially for its art and architecture and has been one of the most visited cities in Italy and 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).

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).