Rome Gay Travel Guide & Map 2019

Upcoming Events in Rome

|  15 March  –  6 October 2019
Robert Mapplethorpe L'obiettivo sensibile: exhibition with 45 works by the famous US-American photographer.
@ Galleria Corsini (Via della Lungara 10)
|  14 June  –  21 September 2019
Village: open-air summer festival for LGBTIs and friends. Bars, parties and shows.
Friday and Saturday @ EUR (Viale dell'Agricoltura)
|  20 September 2019
Latte Fresco Ballo di fine estate: weekly summer party with DJs, drag show, food and more.
Free entry.
23:00 04:00 @ LARGO (Via Biordo Michelotti 2)
|  17  –  27 October 2019
Festa del Cinema di Roma Rome Film Fest 2019: 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)
|  6 June 2020
Roma Pride Rome Gay Pride 2020: parade on Saturday afternoon thru the center of Rome.

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. It costs 17 (or 10 for just one club, party, bar or sauna) and is valid for 1 year. When you acquire the card you need to show your photo ID, after that you only need the membership card.