Florence Gay Travel Guide & Map 2020

Upcoming Events in Florence

|  24 June 2021
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.
|  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)
|  5 – 7 November 2021
Florence Tattoo Convention 2021: annual international fair and showcase for tattoo artists and body art fans.
12:00/15:00 – 24:00/02:00 @ Fortezza da Basso (Viale Filippo Strozzi)

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. ****, from 60 €
Modern, trendy hotel with air-conditioned rooms and collaboration area.
Roof terrace with bar, pool, gym room and fantastic views of Florence.
@ Viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70-72
Florence 50129

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).