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Gentlemen, I have posted this in the travelling hoovillians section, but thought I'd post in the Lounge as well as I'm not sure how many of you actually visit that forum. I will be travelling to Italy at the end of the month and I'm wondering if anyone has any information on bars and/or bathhouses that might be fun to visit. I'm quite sure that many of you on here will have some helpful hints for a horny traveller. Thanks, guys!

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I grew up in Milan and go back there often, never been to a sauna in Venice but went to many of course in Milan and one (Mediterraneo, recommended) in Rome:

 

http://www.patroc.com/rome/saunas.html

 

http://www.patroc.com/florence/saunas.html

 

http://www.gaygetter.com/gaygetter-d3/est-profile-nli.php?h=metroclubsaune

 

 

Remember that in Italy in most gay places you need a "membership card" (....), being a non-resident you can have a daily (o monthly which is more convenient if you have in mind to go to different places) pass.

 

Enjoy anyway those 3 MAGNIFICENT cities!

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The gay bathhouse/sauna "scene" in Italy is awful, everything you'd expect in a Christian country. The baths are notoriously empty of patrons and there's nothing much to see. Save your money and don't waste your time. Italian gay men are very discreet (except for the sissy-mary queens who live in the extreme) and most aren't interested in "hooking up" with foreigners, even if you have a hot body and are attractive. God forbid you are fat and look German. They won't give you the time of day.

 

Street-hustler action is not my style but the train stations offer a gay urchin or two. A guy followed me once in Florence, trying to get the attention of my wallet. He was tall, rugged, and handsome but he smoked and looked like he needed a bath. The thought of bringing him into my hotel killed my sex drive. I passed.

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This link will take you to an article written about Rome for The Guide magazine which frequently highlights gay travel in European cities.

 

http://www.guidemag.com/travel/invoketravelarticle.cfm?ID=0913B136-8716-4145-858C7353DCCB120B

 

Italy is not the most open country for gay travel, but you'll have a great time because there is so much to see and do.

 

Check the Spartacus or Damron guides for more information on Venice and Florence. Florence has a couple of backroom clubs but I never made it to any gay bars or bath houses in Venice.

 

Have a great trip!

 

ED

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I disagree about the review of the sauna scene in Italy. I'm no adonis, but I've always met sexy guys in the saunas in Rome, Bologna, and Milan. From hairy masculine Sicilians, to incredibly hung smooth Romans. I'll never forget this German I met at Europe Multi Club in Rome. One of the biggest dicks I ever saw, but the guy didn't know how to fuck at all.

 

You have to remember that Europeans saunas are afternoon/early evening events. If you go after 7, they're dead.

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I am very fond of both Venice and Florence but haven’t found either city all that great as far as gay nightlife is concerned. Nowadays Venice is something of an Italian Disneyland. Fewer and fewer people live there and more and more commute from the mainland. Other than tourist venues most night life in Venice sucks.

Florence is a real city where real people live but gay nightlife is certainly nothing to write home about. There is cruising available in the two main parks but I have never noticed much.

Now Milan is a different story. Most travelers to Italy dislike Milan. I am a definite exception. The people are great, the restaurants are excellent and there is a great deal of art to enjoy. Being the fashion center of Italy Milan attracts all sorts of gorgeous male models many of whom find it necessary to do a little escorting of the side to make ends meet. Check out the various European escort web sites if escorts are your thing.

Rome is my least favorite city in Italy so I’m afraid I can’t offer much help there.

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Hey you, sexy thing!

 

It's kind of horny to know that you are going to be so close. I really hope you will have a riot. I love Italy and always enjoy it immensely. When it comes to Florence and Venice I most of the time stick to the beauty and culture side of things. I have had a few fun flings there but they are kind of hard to come by.

 

When talking about Rome, however, I think your chances are so much bigger. There are many places where a sexy guy like you can have fun. Also romans are always very daring when navigating the stormy waters of the Kinsey scale and will very happily seize the opportunity to bed a hot guy if their women are not putting out. The bad thing is that they are incredibly hung up on their macho identity and are one of the uptightest men in Europe. So a little bit of discretion goes a long way.

 

When it comes to saunas I have had lots of fun at Europa. I have both gone on my own and escorted clients of mine, and there is always some fun to be had. Just remember that in Europe saunas are a late afternoon early evening kind of thing. If you have lots of time there, I would also try Apollion's or Rio. You do need a membership for most Italian gay venues but they will sell it to you there.

 

If you are more adventurous and like cruising bars you should try Il Diavolo, Frequency or Hangar. Just remember that Romans are scared little rabbits so very few deal well with overtly sexual behaviour in public. A small smile, a nod towards their privates and signaling towards a dark corner with a move of the head will do. I know, this all sounds very sordid 1970's but that's what works better. (Since I am a seasoned exhibitionist I had to learn that rule the hard way.)

 

If you are willing to dance and see some of the most beautiful romans try la Muccassasina. Gorgeous and Gloss are also good. And if you feel full of energy late go to Frutte e Verdure.

 

One of the best ways to witness the Roman marvels and ruins would be with a gorgeous roman greedily sucking that beautiful cock of yours. If you like sex in the great outdoors with the august ruins of teatro Marcello looking at you, then you definitely must visit Monte Caprino, right at the centre of archaelogical Rome. Needless to say leave any valuables at your hotel, don't wear anything ostentacious and use caution.

 

Shame you are going in the winter, because the beach is a beautiful place to meet gay available romans.

 

Did I mention there is a lot to do in Rome? :9

 

I know you will have a great time there. You are the type most romans like and pursue and I have the feeling you are going to like them.

 

A tight hug, my best and dirtiest wishes, and I hope to see you again soon.

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Juan, thanks for the very nice response. I sent you an email from my new address. Check your junk mail if it doesn't get through as some spam filters will reject it.

 

To the others, thank you for the information. I will definitely report back after my trip. Ciao!

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