Rome Gay Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Rome

|  10 March – 17 October 2021
Aldo Rossi. The Architect and the Cities: retrospective on the theoretical and practical works of the world-renowned Italian architect and Pritzker Prize winner Aldo Rossi.
@ MAXXI (Via Guido Reni 4 A)
|  14 – 24 October 2021
Festa del Cinema di Roma – Rome Film Fest 2021: 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)

Accommodation Tip

Bed & Breakfast. 90–180 €
Air-conditioned rooms with private baths and free Wi-Fi, mainly aimed at gay couples. Situated only a few steps away from the Colosseum, directly above Rome's renowned gay and lesbian cafe-bar Coming Out.
@ Via di San Giovanni in Laterano 10
Rome 00184
Metro: Colosseo

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 of the power of the Vatican, Rome has by far not the open and colourful queer life as other capitals in Europe.

But the situation has started to change with new generations of more open and self-confident gay men and women. This is especially evident at the big annual Pride manifestation in June and at the LGBT festivals in the summer. And, of course, there are also some good clubs and parties for gays in Rome.

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.