Rome Gay and Lesbian Vacations

Your gay Rome vacation

Travelers may be surprised to find Rome as relatively closeted as it is -- especially compared to the rather out scene way north in Milan. Sure, cute gladiators in skirts may hang out to get their photo taken in front of the Coliseum, and naked male imagery seems to adorn every fountain, but some of Rome’s gay bars take a detective to find. The scene is much more open than it was in the recent past -- mainly after the city hosted World Pride in 2000 and Europride in 2011.

Featured Hotels

LGBT-welcoming Rome hotels

From $185

Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this luxury 5 stars hotel boasts charming views of the Campidoglio. The Inn at the Roman Forum is represented by Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is the only luxury residence in Rome which... More

From $119

iQ Hotel Rome

4 stars
4.4 / 5 31 reviews

Rome, Italy

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The iQ Hotel Rome is a complex focused on 'made-to-order' vacations, meaning staff are on-hand 24/7, and this Rome hotel operates much more like serviced apartments than typical hotel rooms. Customize your stay however you like, whether thats grabbing a vending machine snack on the way to the business center, serving... More

From $119

Worldhotel Ripa Rome

4 stars
3.9 / 5 13 reviews

Rome, Italy

Even since its conception Ripa hotel has strived to stand apart from the status que of Roman hotels. The hotel has always chosen to make a cultural and artistic statement about itself daring to use a modern minimalistic style in a city that has made "classical" its trademark. Original interiors, breathtaking... More

From $275

The Westin Excelsior, Rome

5 stars
4.1 / 5 5 reviews

Rome, Italy

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Since 1906, The Westin Excelsior, Rome has hosted celebrities, statesmen and artists visiting the Eternal City. The hotel, which was named to Conde Nast Traveler's 2007 Gold List, enjoys a prime location in the celebrated Via Veneto district. The Westin Excelsior, Rome is known for outstanding service in an exceptional... More

From $180

Leon's Place Hotel Rome

4 stars
4.3 / 5 1 reviews

Rome, Italy

Free WiFi is available in all areas

Leon's Place is a prestigious design hotel set in a XIXth century's aristocratic palace and stands as a reference for the most contemporary hotel architecture. Hundreds of years ago the palace was a sacred place, a characteristic visible at first glance when entering the building. The hall and the common areas have a... More

From $202

Hotel Indigo ROME - ST. GEORGE

5 stars
4.7 / 5 10 reviews

Rome, Italy

The Hotel Indigo Rome is a 5-star boutique accommodation which embraces its surroundings while remaining distinct. Everything here is a play on contrasts: Outside, you'll find charming shuttered windows and the remains of a gigantic travertine Palazzo wall (the famed sofas of Via Giulia), while the interiors pop with... More

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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York Rome Wed, Sep 3 - Tue, Sep 16 $900
Chicago Rome Mon, Sep 8 - Wed, Sep 24 $830
Boston Rome Tue, Sep 9 - Wed, Sep 24 $893
Newark Rome Wed, Aug 27 - Thu, Sep 4 $993
Los Angeles Rome Tue, Sep 9 - Tue, Sep 16 $992
San Francisco Rome Mon, Sep 8 - Thu, Sep 25 $1,334
Washington DC Rome Fri, Sep 5 - Fri, Sep 19 $905
Miami Rome Wed, Sep 10 - Wed, Sep 24 $1,109
London Rome Thu, Jul 17 - Tue, Jul 22 $341
Paris Rome Tue, Sep 9 - Thu, Sep 11 $170
Denver Rome Wed, Sep 3 - Thu, Sep 18 $1,383
Seattle Rome Wed, Sep 10 - Tue, Sep 30 $1,437
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Rome highlights

  • Roman landmarks

    Rome is justifiably one of the great cities in the world to visit, with a legendary list of must-dos: strolling the Piazza della Repubblica, tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain, gazing up at the spooky rotunda of the Pantheon, thigh-busting on the steep Spanish Steps, jaw-dropping at the opulence of St. Peter’s Basilica, and walking in the footsteps of giants at the ruins of the Forum.

    Mediterranean cool

    Rome has a distinct Mediterranean vibe that makes it feel a little slower and disconnected from the rest of modern Europe (despite the colossal traffic and honking Vespas everywhere). Maybe it’s simply the inescapable history around every corner.

    The LGBT scene

    Flock to the winding, medieval streets of the trendy Trastevere neighborhood near the city center for a bounty of LGBT establishments. Another area, officially designated as The Gay Street, is another gay area in the center of the city on Via San Giovanni in Laterano, east of the Colosseum. Rome’s gay pride celebration takes place in June, a great month for visiting the city. The leather event Catacombs happens in early December, and the Bears Empire occurs every January.

Insider tips for Rome gay travel

  • Watch out for August

    Romans abandon the city in August, when it’s choked with tourists, the hot weather is insufferable and many restaurants and hotels as well as some gay bars close up shop.

    Expect to buy a membership to get into gay bars and clubs

    Although it’s changing, a lot of LGBT establishments are private clubs that require you to join the Italian gay organization called ArciGay (or ArciLesbica).

    Pack for warm weather

    A Roman summer can easily hover in the 90s, and even in winter, temps are in the mild 50s.

Your trip

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