Rome Gay Travel Guide & Map 2020

Upcoming Events in Rome

|  16 June  –  2 August 2020
World Press Photo Exhibition 2020: world-wide tour with photography from the 63rd annual World Press Photo contest.
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 – 20:00, Friday and Saturday till 22:30.
Admission: 6-12 €
@ Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Via Nazionale 194)
|  19 July 2020
Maschio! the new weekly Sunday party for bears and friends, indoor and outdoor. Amongst others, with DJ Saverio Pavia and Alex Mari.
Free entry.
From 22:00 @ L'Alibi Terrazza (Via di Monte Testaccio 40/44)
|  15  –  25 October 2020
Festa del Cinema di Roma – Rome Film Fest 2020: anual international film festival in the Italian capital, held at the extraordinary Auditorium Parco della Musica and various other venues throughout the city.
@ Auditorium Parco della Musica (Viale Pietro de Coubertin 30)
|  21 March 2021
Run Rome – The Marathon 2021: right in the historic center of Rome along the Roman Forum (Via dei Fori Imperiali), Circo Massimo, Castel Sant'Angelo, St. Peter's Basilica, the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum.

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. ***, from 60 €
Rooftop terrace with stunning views over Rome and great for relaxing in the evening and even at night.
@ Via Sforza 10
Rome 00184
Metro, Bus: Cavour

About Rome and its gay life

Rome is a controversial place for gay men. Remember your gay fantasies when you watched those movies with Roman soldiers and gladiators? See the whole world admiring the sculptures of gorgeous men by gay artists in Rome's museums? Capital of Italy, a big, free and democratic country? Don't expect too much from all that regarding the gay scene. Be it for reasons of mentality or because the Pope's power reaches also outside the walls of Vatican City, Rome has by far not the open and colourful gay life as other capitals in Europe.

But the situation started to change in the last years with a new generation of more open and self-confident gay men, as the annual ›Gay Village‹ open-air summer festival, EuroPride Roma 2011 and other events show.

As you can see on our Gay Rome Map, there are no particular gay areas in Rome, but a popular hotspot of the gay and lesbian community in the late evening and at night is the street in front of the two cafe-bars Coming Out and My Bar, Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, which is sometimes called Rome's Gay Street. Especially in warm summer nights, the street can be packed with hundreds of people.

As elsewhere in Italy, a membership card is required for all gay cruise bars and saunas as well as for some gay parties in Rome. 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.