If you are a gay traveler looking for authentic experiences and friendly, welcoming companies, then gay travel groups may be the perfect choice for you.
Italy offers numerous destinations for the queer community: there are many cities that promise a vibrant gay scene. Few, however, are the specialized tour operators offering travel packages tailored to gay and queer audience.
Today we want to introduce you to our best gay travel groups to discover the beauty of Italy together with other LGBTQ+ travelers.
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Why choose a gay travel group?
There are several reasons why a person may choose to participate in a gay travel group. But the ones that most motivate people in the queer community to go on travel group together with other people of the same sexual orientation are predominantly the following:
- FEELING SAVE AND ACCEPTED: traveling with other members of the LGBTQIA+ community can offer greater safety and comfort, especially in foreign places where there is no certainty of being able to live out one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity comfortably. Italy certainly is a welcoming destination for the LGBTQ+ community, but not totally exempt from incidents of intolerance. So choosing a gay travel group with several people can offer that extra security that a solo trip could not;
- ABILITY TO CHOOSE CUSTOMIZED EXPERIENCES: gay travel groups often include activities and destinations that are specifically geared toward the LGBTQ+ community, such as parties, clubs, bars, and beaches. This means that people can enjoy experiences that focus on their sexual and gender identity;
- SAVE MONEY. Well, yes, gay travel groups (as well as any trip together with other people) offer advantageous prices, since bulk services (such as flights, hotels, transportation, activities) can be purchased for a larger number of participants. And, therefore, group rates can often be negotiated that are cheaper than those available to people traveling alone;
- TRAVEL WITH EXPERT GUIDES: many gay travel groups are led by local experts who know the culture and history of the region in which you are traveling. This means that much more can be learned about the destinations visited and their historical, cultural meanings. The presence of experienced guides can, in fact, help participants better understand the environment. In addition, experienced guides can provide invaluable support and assistance during the trip, helping participants overcome any difficulties or unforeseen events that may be encountered. This can include help with language, arranging transportation, hotel reservations, and more.
Quiiky’s 2023 best gay travel groups
Among the gay travel groups offered by Quiiky Tour Operator is the White Lotus Tour, a 9-day/8-night itinerary that celebrates the cinematic settings of the second season of the thriller TV series “The White Lotus,” one of the most popular in the LGBTQIA+ community.
This luxurious, fun and adventurous gay travel group will have you stay in various Sicilian locations that can also be found in the TV series, including the “San Domenico Palace” in Taormina, a former 14th-century convent with original frescoes that was a landmark for distinguished travelers in late-1800s Europe. Other stops on our itinerary will be Noto “Tenuta Planeta Feudo di Mezzo” (our gay travelers will take a wine tour, in the place that enchanted Harper, Ethan, Cameron and Daphne from “The White Lotus).
There will clearly be no shortage of stops at iconic places in Sicily, such as Catania, where you can enjoy the famous cannolo and granita, delicacies of Sicilian cuisine known throughout the world. A private transfer will also take you through inland Sicily to the capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies: Palermo.
To find out more about this tour, click on this underlined text: The White Lotus Tour
Group trip to Rome, Naples and Amalfi Coast
This gay travel group organized by Quiiky Tour Operator will take you on a discovery of some of Italy’s most beautiful cities, rich in history, culture and natural wonder.
The tour will begin in Rome, the Eternal City, famous for its ancient monuments and vibrant gay-friendly nightlife. Here you will walk among the remains of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, admire the masterpieces of Vatican City, and enjoy typical Roman cuisine.
From Rome you will travel by high-speed train to Naples, a fascinating city that offers a wide variety of attractions. During the day you will explore the city on foot, and in the evening your guide will introduce you to the queer side of Naples: the gay nightlife is among the most vibrant and dynamic in Italy.
Finally, our gay travel group will show you the Amalfi Coast, a picturesque stretch of coastline that will leave you breathless. Here you can admire the natural beauty of the mountains overlooking the sea, go hiking and visit fishing villages such as Positano and Amalfi. On this trip you will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with other LGBTQ+ travelers who want to enjoy enjoyable and fun company. Whether you want to explore Italian history and culture, or just relax in beautiful and welcoming places, this trip is certainly ideal for you.
Click below to find out more about this tour: Rome, Naples And Amalfi Coast
Gay travel group at the locations of the film “Call me by your name
One of the most popular gay travel groups these days is one that takes our travelers to the locations of the film “Call Me by Your Name,” the queer-themed film by Italian director Luca Guadagnino that has received many international accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Both the film and the Crema locations in which it was set have become iconic for the LGBTQIA+ community. The group trip organized by Quiiky Tour Operator will take you to discover these places, allowing you to relive the emotions of the film and admire the beauty of this historic city.
The first unmissable stop for a gay group trip will clearly be Milan, where you can discover the gay scene of this italian metropolis, as well as take an interesting tour to discover Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpieces. After that we will move to Crema where, together with our English-speaking guide, we will rent e-bikes for a tour to the “Fontanili”, the little lakes where Elio and Oliver meet.This 9-day, 8-night itinerary of ours will also touch on beautiful Venice, another iconic city for the queer community. To learn more about this tour, please click the text below: “Call me by your name tour”