Naples Gay Travel Guide & Map 2019

About Naples

Naples' Councillor for Culture and Tourism described her city quite accurately with these words: ›Naples is a city difficult to read, which does not offer itself to tourists through conventional codes. However, its marvels, together with the hospitality of its people, never fail to fascinate visitors.‹

Mainstream medias often associate Italy's third biggest city primarily with the mafia and waste disposal problems. And indeed, many tourists initially are shocked by the dirt, decay and noise in Naples. Comfortable, well-trodden tourist paths for sight-hopping are rare. But if you are adventurous enough and open for the unusual you will discover a city with quite a few surprises.

To mention but a few examples of what curious visitors can see and explore in Naples: The historic center, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, with its narrow alleys and morbid charm. Piazza Bellini, by day a quiet square with cafes to relax from the hustle and bustle in the nearby Via dei Tribunali, at night a popular hangout of young Neapolitans. One of the most important archaeological museums in the world. Stylish small bars in the trendy nightlife area of the Chiaia quarter. The panoramic view of the Bay of Naples and the Vesuv from Castel Sant'Elmo. Fascinating cultured landscapes such as the Amalfi Coast in the surroundings of Naples. The popular quarter Sanità with its contrasts and sceneries reminding of films of Italian Neorealism. An old baroque styled palace next to a car repair shop next to a small barber's shop young Neapolitans go to for the latest hairstyles. Half a thousand churches, of which some have been secularized and are now used as libraries or galleries for example.

In Naples one breaths history at almost every corner, starting with the Greek settlement almost three thousand years ago, which gave Naples its name and whose marks can still be found in the city, for instance in the huge underground world with catacombs, tunnels, aqueducts and cisterns.

The old saying ›See Naples and die‹ may sound a bit over the top, but for sure Naples is always worth a visit.

For Italy, see also our gay guides for Rome, Milan and Florence.

Accommodation Tips

Hotel. ***, from 70 €
Modern hotel in the historic center of Naples. Contemporary design, professional service and very clean and secure.
Located only a few metres from Piazza Bellini, with several restaurants, pizzerias, antiquarian bookstores, galleries and shops for musical instuments and antiques around. By day you can rest and enjoy the sun at the street cafes on the piazza, while at night you can dive into the street life of Naples for which Piazza Bellini is a major hotspot.
@ Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli 101
Naples 80134
Metro: Dante, Museo

Gay Clubs and Parties

(Usually) Saturday from 23:00/24:00.
Next party: 23 November 2019
Gay and lesbian House and Pop party at varying locations (usually quite far away from the city center and difficult to reach without a car or taxi).
Mainly very young clientele.
Admission: 12–20 €, incl. 1 drink
@ Naples

Saturday from 23:00/24:00
LGBTQ-friendly Pop & Commercial party in Naples.
@ Naples

Saturday 23:00 – 04:00
The only regular gay dance club in Naples. On the ground floor with bar, dancefloor (with very diverse music) and cruising area, while the upper floor is more quiet and has a smoking area.
Diverse crowd, mixed ages from twinks to seniors.
Admission: 15-18 €, incl. 1 drink
@ Via Abate Minichini 62
Naples 80137

Gay Cruising Clubs

In Italy, a membership card is required for all gay cruise bars and saunas and for some gay parties and clubs. Often that is the ARCO (Anddos) card. If you don't have an ARCO card yet, you can usually acquire it at the entrance of the venues that require the card. (5 € for three months, 17 € for one year.) When you acquire the card you need to show your photo ID, after that you only need the membership card.

Upcoming Events

6 – 8 December 2019
Annual international gay fetish meeting. With two fetish parties, dinner, brunch and a Naples sightseeing tour.
@ Naples

Bars and Clubs

Tuesday-Thursday 22:00 – 03:00; Friday 22:00 – 04:00; Saturday 22:00 – 05:00; Sunday 16:00 – 21:00 + 21:00 – 03:00
Popular gay cruising club with bar and labyrinth with cabins and sling.
Mixed ages, often with quite a lot of younger guys.

Note: The ARCO/Anddos membership card is not accepted here, you must bring your ID to acquire the extra membership card of the Depot club.
@ Via della Veterinaria 72
Naples 80137

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 22:00 – 02:00/03:00; Sunday 16:00/22:00 – 02:00/03:00
Gay cruise club in the historical center of Naples. Not very big, but well equipped with bar, lockboxes, motorbike, play area, cabins, sling, chairs, douche and more.
Clientele mainly in their 30s to 50s.
@ Via Atri 36 b
Naples 80138
Metro: Cavour, Museo, Dante

Gay Saunas

Daily 13:00 – 20:00/22:00

The entrance of the sauna is very discreet and first-timers may need directions: it is located on the groundfloor of the block which goes from Via Giovanni Porzio parallel to Via Taddeo da Sessa. Access is either from Metro station Centro Direzionale through the business quarter or (probably easier for a first visit) from the central station or Metro station Garibaldi via the small staircase in Via Giovanni Porzio. The entrance to the sauna is the black iron door with a small label Sauna.

Admission: 15 €
@ Centro Direzionale Isola A/7
Naples 80143
Metro: Garibaldi, Centro Direzionale