Naples Gay Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Naples

|  11 September – 9 January 2022
Frida Kahlo: new special exhibition about Mexico's best-known and most popular artist, entitled ›Il caos dentro‹ (The chaos inside).
@ Palazzo Fondi (Via Medina 24)
|  9 – 13 November 2021
accordi @ DISACCORDI: annual international short film festival in Naples.
|  22 – 25 April 2022
Comicon 2022: annual international event in Naples, Italy, for fans of comics, cartoons and video games.
@ Mostra d'Oltremare (Viale John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. ****, from 70 €
Boutique hotel close to the Castel dell'Ovo and Piazza del Plebiscito.
Some rooms with sea-view, overlooking the Gulf of Naples.
@ Via Palepoli 20
Naples 80132

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.