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From Milan to Rome, this 10-day gay culinary crusade will immerse you in Northern Italy’s art, history, food and wine. Alongside a group of like-minded men, you’ll wallow in the luxury of Lake Como, learn to make perfect risotto in Piedmont, uncork the viticulture of Barolo and follow a truffle farmer into the Monferrato woods. You’ll visit bucket list sites like the Colosseum, Milan’s Duomo and Vatican City. Best of all will be the sense of rapture as you gaze upon some of the world’s greatest masterpieces including Michaelangelo’s ‘David’. Prego! Er… You’re welcome!
Ciao! Welcome to Italy! Today our adventure begins with a short Welcome Meeting at 1PM before we enjoy an extraordinary walking tour of the fashion capital of the world. Highlights will include Scala Theater and Cathedral Square. From the square we’ll gaze upon one of the most famous churches in the world, Duomo di Milan, before taking the lift to its towering roof for a bird’s-eye view of the city. Afterwards we continue to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Together we’ll stroll the mall’s roof for panoramic views, including a gorgeous vantage of the neighbouring Duomo’s spires. This evening we will get our first real taste of Italy’s world-famous cuisine during our official Welcome Dinner.
Buongiorno! After a simple Italian breakfast, you have a leisurely morning to explore Milan at your own pace. Perhaps a visit to Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Last Supper’ is in order? If so, be sure to book tickets well in advance. Alternatively, head to the park of Castello Sforzesco—a 14th century castle with a stunning, green courtyard. Later in the afternoon we’ll meet at the hotel and drive to the evocative Lake Como via private transfer (approximately 2 hours). Upon arrival in Como we’ll mosey up to our homebase in the small town of Bellagio. Tonight we’ll break bread together at a charming local restaurant.
This morning we’ll ferry across the shimmering waters of Lake Como to Villa Carlotta, wallowing in the region’s posh lakefront properties. Here we’ll enjoy guided tours of the art and gardens with an art historian and botanist respectively. Then we’ll continue along Lake Como enjoying its natural beauty before an optional Italian lunch. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure, but with the help of your included ferry pass it is easy to get around. Take the opportunity to discover Varenna, Cadenabbia, or the beautiful Villa Balbianello, which film fans may recognise from franchises such as James Bond and Star Wars.
This morning we’ll navigate the North Italian countryside en route to a farming estate in the province of Vercelli. Founded in 1123 by Cistercian Monks, Vercelli was the first Italian region to grow rice. Upon arrival we’ll delight in some homemade risotto—one of Italy’s many famous dishes. Obviously, we’ll enjoy the fruits of our labour paired with a glass of regional wine. After we’re well fed, we’ll venture over to our gorgeous boutique accommodation, a restored farmhouse surrounded on all sides by vineyards, rolling hills and striking country vantages. We’ll have a wee bit of downtime before regrouping for dinner at a cozy family-style restaurant. Buon appetito!
After a leisurely countryside breakfast, we’ll enjoy the remarkable experience of truffle hunting! Along with an Italian farmer, we’ll venture into Monferrato woods in search of allusive white truffles. Next we’ll uncork the region’s viticulture in the comune of Barolo. The region’s famously elegant, tannic and rich vintages will have you proclaiming Barol-WOW! After some wine tasting and light sightseeing there will also be time to have an optional lunch. Later this evening for dinner we’ll learn how to prepare the typical Piemontese dishes from ‘la nonna’.
Sadly, it’s time to bid arrivederci to Monferrato as we’re off to fabulous Florence via a 4.5 hour private transfer. This afternoon you’ll have free time before an included dinner where you’ll get your first taste of Florence’s world-renowned wine and cheese.
Today we’ll travel back in time to the sensual Renaissance and Italy’s little-known queer past. Together we’ll stroll the city’s cobblestone streets learning about the Medici Family and gay life during the Renaissance, when Florence was the active center for gay relationships. We’ll visit the Accademia Gallery to see some of the world’s greatest masterpieces including Michaelangelo’s titillating and glorious David. We’ll take our time here, indulging our senses in Michaelangelo’s artisanship while our guide regales us with stories of the artist’s personal and sentimental side. We’ll also learn more about Michaelangelo, including scandalous details on his homosexual lifestyle and his true relationship with Roman popes in the 1500s. Expect dark intrigue and corruption aplenty! Flushed and flustered we’ll step out into the open-air museum at Signoria Square and end our walking tour at the splendid Ponte Vecchio, known as the “Old Bridge” and an everlasting symbol of Florence. You’ll have plenty of free time for lunch and dinner before gathering for a final magnificent stroll at dusk through Piazzale Michaelangelo. Snacks and wine await.
Rise and shine, Gentlemen, as the Eternal City awaits! After a quick breakfast at our hotel we’ll board a high-speed train bounding for Rome proper. Upon arrival we’ll drop our luggage at our accommodation before venturing over to the Colosseum to relive the days of gladiators and spectacles. Later in the day we’ll enjoy a walking tour around some of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods. Specifically, the historic Jewish Quarter and Trastevere. Later this evening we’ll gather for dinner at a nearby restaurant. Afterwards perhaps you can scooter over to Via di San Giovanni, the city’s well-situated gay street located underneath the Colloseum.
Today we head to the smallest country on earth: Vatican City. Our tour starts with the Vatican Museums. At first sight, you will be caught by the modern entrance built for the Jubilee in 2000, but then—inside the museums—the Sistine Chapel will amaze and enthrall. The famed ceiling was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. The artist was originally enlisted to paint the twelve apostles, however Michelangelo demanded a free hand in the pictorial content of the scheme. He painted a series of nine pictures that have become some of the most recognizable paintings in the world. After an afternoon at leisure, we’ll wrap up our spectacular journey during a fab Farewell Dinner. If the group is up for it we can also head to a gay bar for one last Aperol Spritz.
Alas! It is our final day and there are no activities planned. If you have time, be sure to swing by Rome’s other famous sites including the Column of Marcus Aurelius, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and of course the Spanish Steps. Safe travels and grazie mille for joining our big gay Italy tour.
Great locations and extensive tours. Our host was outstanding, and our local guide was great. They made sure all details were handled and that all we had to do was enjoy the trip.
Traveling solo in Italy (or anywhere really) is much nicer when you’re doing it with a new group of friends plus two hosts that take great care of you!
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While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.Learn More
All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.
4-Star Hotels: Very comfortable and well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a stylish restaurant and/or bar, a fitness centre, and a pool/sauna. Customer service is very good, and there is usually a concierge.
B&Bs: This tour includes an evening in a beautifully restored farmhouse B&B. Expect plush beds, spacious rooms, a hearty Italian country breakfast and top-notch customer service.Learn More
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