Rome: Thousands of years old sights meet modern gay life
As the millennium-long heart of power, culture and progress, Rome always had a huge influence on the entire world in its roughly 2800 years of existence. Also the local gay scene today offers a lot of things to do and you can easily spend a great time in the eternal city.
In Rome there is a lively and vibrant gay life. Most gay bars and clubs are spread all over the city. You can find many bars, clubs and bed & breakfasts everywhere in the city. So even there are no particular gay areas in Rome, a very popular hotspot of the gay and lesbian community in the late evening and at night is the street Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, which is called Rome's Gay Street. Especially in warm summer nights, the street is usually packed with hundreds of people.
In summer months the biggest weekly gay event is the Gay Village, where most of the gay boys and lesbian girls will party and have fun.
The area includes restaurants, bars and several dance floors with commercial and house music. Unfortunately the party is not very central and the entrance is around 20€. International DJs give their best to keep the party alive till 3am when the village is closed.
It´s important to know that all the other gay clubs in Rome are closed in summer time, so Gay Village is the only option to have a gay party night.
Rome is like one huge historical open air museum: the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire, the Pantheon, the Catacombs of Rome, the Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, the Arch of Constantine, the Pyramid of Cestius, Vatican City with its amazing museum, the lovely Piazza Navona and the Spanish Stairs. The list of things to see is just endless. It makes sense just to focus on the places that you want to see the most as it´s impossible to go everywhere.
Of course, Rome itself doesn’t have any beaches but just south of the Lido di Ostia you will find an amazing free gay beach only one hour away from the city center of Rome. It isn’t the easiest place to find for tourists, because it involves a short local train ride followed by a local bus trip. The beach is an excellent hot spot and very popular with the younger local gays. Here you can make new friends and dates for the night. Don´t miss it!
Whether you are seeking designer dresses or cheap chic, Rome has some of the best places to shop in Italy. Italy’s finest designers sit alongside independent boutiques and market stalls as shopping in Rome caters to every budget. Via del Corso is the home of Rome’s designer shopping area and you will find all the high fashion brands next to each other.
At the heart of Rome’s historic center running from Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo and just a short walk from the Pantheon and the famous Trevi Fountain you can find the long street Via Condotti. During the evenings, the street is packed with shoppers. A mix of high street stores and small designer boutiques are located here.
With so many sights and things to do, everyone should visit Rome at least once in his life. Even after some days, there will still be dozens of lovely places to discover!