Florence Gay Travel Guide & Map 2020

Upcoming Events in Florence

|  31 January 2020
Pride Park NCS (Necessariamente): monthly queer party by Pride Park and Azione Gay e Lesbica Firenze. (From September till April.)
Admission: 10 €
23:00 – 03:30/04:00 @ Auditorium Flog (Via Michele Mercati 24)
|  21 March 2020
WOW: joint gay party by Mamamia, Xtra, Gorillas Party and The Block.
With gogo dancers, performances and guest DJs.
From 23:30 @ Viper Theatre (Via Pistoiese -> Via Lombardia)
|  24 June 2020
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)

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 and
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).