Get ready to hit the seas, because Atlantis cruises is back with an Italian LGBTQ+ experience you won’t want to miss! They just dropped their itinerary for the “Odyssey of the Seas” Mediterranean cruise, and we can’t wait. The Atlantis Odyssey Cruise takes you on a journey through some of the world’s most fascinating places while dazzling you onboard with a stellar lineup of performers, fantastically inventive parties, and innovative ways to play. It’s the perfect combination of thrilling exploration and onboard excitement for nine picture-perfect nights of pure pleasure. All at amazing low fares starting at just $1599!
Starting from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, travel through Mykonos, Greece, Bodrum, Turkey, Messina, Sicily, and Naples and Capri, Italy. From there, you’ll head to Ajaccio, Corsica, then back to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. What’s more, is that Quiiky has created unique LGBTQ+ tours in each of the Italian destinations to give you a taste of LGBTQ+ culture and history while on shore.
In Rome, join the Untold History Tour: The Vatican Museums in a Gay Light. This guided tour spotlights LGBTQ+ aspects of works displayed in the Vatican Museums and specifically the Sistine Chapel, including Michelangelo’s masterworks. If ancient Rome is more your thing, join the Untold History Tour: Homosexuality in Ancient Rome. This tour focuses on LGBTQ+ history of the Colosseum and the Palatine Fora. You’ll hear an historic narration about the lifestyle of the Roman soldier, including his sexual habits and associated military rules. For example, Emperor Augustus prohibited his troops from marrying or engaging in relationships that might divide their loyalty to him and the empire, only sex with prostitutes and slaves was allowed.
In Messina, Sicily, join Quiiky’s full-day excursion in Taormine and Messina to explore the famous ‘buen retiro’ for LGBTQ+ artists. After starting with breakfast, you’ll walk through this Mediterranean pearl, including the Cathedral, the Greek theatre, the Odeon, one of the noblest palaces dating back to the 11th century built in local stone. And Casa Cuseni is also another must-see, where the ‘Museum of Fine Arts’ is located and where the major Von Gloeden’s works have been collected, after his decision of living and working in Sicily. You’l also get to explore one of Italy’s most gorgeous queer beaches, and end the day with some fresh gelato – yum!
In Naples, join the Untold History tours of Pompeii Villas and the Naples Archeological Museum. Discover the ruins of the Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D., when men and women were preserved forever in ashes. You’ll visit houses, streets and thermal baths adorned with artwork depicting explicit sex scenes and homosexual relationships. In the afternoon, visit the Archeological Museum in Naples to enjoy a curated gay/gay-friendly tour of the amazing collection of frescoes and statues that were excavated in Pompeii and some nearby sites include by Sappho, the lesbian Greek poet, painted holding a stylus in deep contemplation of the viewer.
In the Amalfi Coast, join Quiiky’s excursion to discover Leisure, Sun, and Good Food. This leisure, sun-soaked and food-filled shore excursion is perfect for those who are looking for complete relaxation and fun in the picturesque Neapolitan countryside.
Finally, in Capri and Anacapri, discover the region’s gay history with an Untold History Tour. You’ll visit the enchanting Villa Lysis, where the noble Fersen lived with his Nino Cesarini for the rest of his life. The villa became a sort of ‘homecoming’ for many artists in the 20th century, which helped to convert it into a myth. You’ll get to relax on the Capri beach to have a snack, take a swim, or stroll in the narrow streets visiting its top boutiques. In Anacapri, you’ll tour the ‘Villa San Michele’, now the museum of doctor Axel Munthe. The villa has a breathtaking view on the sea and it includes an original Egyptian stone sphynx dating back to Ramses II’s reign.
Find out more about each of these on-shore excursions and book your spot by visiting Quiiky.com. We’ll see you there!