5 Gay Things To Know About Florence
Florence is world famous for its art and architecture from Italian Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Machiavelli. As one would expect, this brings hordes of tourists and combined with the expensive rents in the city, the gay scene in Florence is not what it used to be, almost falling completely off the radar. A surprise, since Italy’s first gay disco was in Florence, opening in 1974. Although the city isn’t the epicenter of gay life like it used to be, there are still plenty of activities for gays, especially at night when the tourists leave and the locals come out to play.
Here’s our top 5 gay things to know about Florence.
#1) For starters Florence is tiny and the real estate within the city’s core is very expensive. As such, you’ll be hard pressed to find other gay locals in close radius when you’re using Grindr. You’ll have to try your luck and hope you’ll find some other tourists in close proximity or you’ll need to be willing to travel to the outskirts of the city. You’ll have a better chance at finding locals when they come out to experience Florence’s nightlife on the weekends starting from 12 a.m. onwards.
#2) Unique to Italy is that a membership card (the Anddos card) is required for entry into all of the gay cruise bars and saunas. In Rome, this card is also needed to get into some of the gay parties. You can usually purchase the card at venue entrances for 15 € and it will be valid for 1 year. Alternatively, you can pay 8 € for entry to a single club, bar, or sauna. When you buy the card, you’ll need to show photo ID, and after that you’ll only need to show the membership card. This card is your golden ticket to having gay fun in Italy.
#3) Tabasco Club is the oldest and most famous gay club in Florence, founded in 1974 at the height of the disco age. Tabasco Club is located just off of Piazza della Signoria, in the ancient crypt of Santa Cecilia, and can be somewhat difficult to find. Be sure to look up the exact address on Google Maps, so you can find the exact spot. The club is known for their international DJ’s, late night atmosphere, and comfortable dance environment. Another popular spot is Y.A.G. bar, along Via de’ Macci, near Piazza Santa Croce. It’s best experienced in the summertime and you can also barhop to many of the other locales in the area.
#4) If you’re looking for something more hardcore, hit up Crisco Club and Hard Bar 85. Both clubs play host to fun theme nights, like evenings without any lights on in the club or wild parties in their swimming pool.
#5) Beyond the weekend nightlife, there aren’t really many more gay activities. We recommend visiting cafes and chatting with locals, as this is the best way to find out the what locals do to enjoy their free time. Explore a house party, find out where to get a good dinner, or how to find your way onto the back of a vespa. Florence is a very gay friendly city that you can make into your very own cruising location.
5 Gay Things To Know About Florence was originally published by Adam Groffman on the best gay travel website: My Gay Travel Guide - hand-picked gay travel info, stories & tips