Welcome to one of the most iconic towns of the LGBTQ+ culture of the world! It’s hard to visit a place like Florence and not be taken aback by the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, to feel the history pulsing through the streets. The story of Florence includes a bit of LGBTQ+ history that you might not know.
The city was a place where some of the most famous artists of the past made their masterpieces. Many of them were gay, and there they could get a chance to play a leading role in society. The city leader of Florence, Lorenzo de Medici got his life saved by his friend and counselor Poliziano, who had never revealed that he loved boys. At the time, Donatello‘s scandalous bronze statue of David, the police of Florence at the time had a special department battling the streets at night to catch men who loved men, at the time who were called sodomites. Leonardo da Vinci, who used to stroll along the same streets at night, was involved in a scandalous affair of sodomy at age 25. He was known to have preserved his virginity to stay away from sin, but later confessed his affection and attraction for a young novel pupil.
Florence is also a city famous for some amazing LGBTQ+ nightlife. When you visit, make sure to check out Piccolo Caffe, Y.A.G. Bar, Tabasco Gay Club, and BK Bar.
Nowadays, Florence is an international fashion capital city. Tuscany is a worldwide famous paradise. Everyone can enjoy the beauty and culture of Florence; you are always welcome here!