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Guide Gay Florence - Italy
 
   

Florence, a centre of medieval trade and finance and long ruled by the Medici family, was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, represented by such names as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Machiavelli. Florence is world-famous especially for its art and architecture and has been one of the most visited cities in Europe for centuries.

 

Gay BenidormThe downside of this popularity is that thousands of tourists push through the narrow streets day by day. Our tip: In the evening – when most of the tourist groups and busses have left the city center – the streets and piazzas of Florence are much more enjoyable. Piazza di Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria and cutie David are still admirable after sunset. Ponte Vecchio has more atmosphere at night without all the jewelry shacks and may be the perfect end of a romantic walk along the river. And by all means try the delicious Tuscan cuisine – but avoid the gastronomic tourist traps along the main sights and tourist paths.

Although Florence had the first gay disco in Italy (back in 1974), the gay bars and clubs in Florence are rather small in number and size. Some of the reasons are the rather conservative atmosphere in Florence, the real estate prices within the city and the poor parking opportunities (most guys live in the area around Florence).

   

 
 
Bars and discos

BK Bar (Via Alfieri 95, Sesto Fiorentino), cocktail bar out by the airport, coffeehouse, karaoke, women-onlly nights.

Fairy Gold (Via dei Cimatori, 13), high energy downtown Saturday dance night at Club 21, gay/lesbian/straight young men/women mix, go-go dancers, drag divas; theme parties and summer beach parties.

Crisco Bar (Via S. Egidio 43r), Wednesday and Thursday men's cruise club, Friday and Saturday mixed dance club nights; drag queens, go-go dancers, resident and guest DJs playing electro-house music, open Saturdays until 5am.

Piccolo Café (Borgo Santa Croce, 23r), cafe/bar, mixed gay/lesbian crowd of all ages and types.

Gay Benidorm Florencia noche Tabasco Disco (Piazza S. Cecilia 3), first official gay disco in Italy opened in 1974, but has more straight mix these days. Three different rooms, basement disco, spacious, dark room with video area and maze. Dance floor with good sound and lights packs the place all weekend.

Y.A.G Bar (Via de' Macci 8), friendly, mixed men and women bar, open from 10pm. Good place to start your evening for drinks or stay for one of many party nights.

Saunas and cruising

Bar 85 / Hardbar (Via Guelfa 85R) near Florence Baths, notorious open-plan cruising bar encourages group activities and allows everyone to watch or join in. Fisting parties, constant Florencia moda masculinasling action, easy-going vibe, participate as much or as little as you wish. Go naked, wear leather, or street clothes.

Fabrik (via del Lavoro 19, Calenzano), men-only private sex club, American bar, video-cabins, cruising area, large space in former industrial building, outdoor gazebo and garden for smoking. Tuscany Bears events, naked/jockstrap/leather, blackout parties, MegaWoof party. Located 10 miles out A1 highway or the Calenzano station on the rail line to Prato.

Florence Baths (Via Guelfa 93), only gay sauna in Florence, private rooms, hot tub, strong water jets, steam room, sauna, four areas to cruise. Snacks, drinks, smoking room. Outdoors summertime swimming pool and garden, therapeutic massage. Open 2pm to 2am daily.


 
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