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    Italy is the treasure house of Western art, with masterpieces from every period from ancient times through the 18th century, some of the world’s most beautiful cities, some of its most beautiful (and fashionable!) people, one of its great cuisines….but did you know it is also one of the great centers of gay history? From the ancient Greeks and Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Italy housed several flourishing gay cultures, and many of its artistic masterpieces have unexplored gay sides. Come on this 10 day/9 night tour, and explore three of Italy’s greatest cities, Florence, Rome, and Naples, on the only tour that can do justice to its culture and its gay history. We visit fantastic museums, fascinating archeological sites, and fabulous neighborhood while learning about gay greats such as the Roman Emperor Hadrian, Rome’s great epic poet Virgil, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Caravaggio—as well as some modern gay greats such as Versace and Zeffirelli—with our incomparable founder and guide Professor Andrew Lear. And we do it all while staying in charming hotels and dining stupendously. 2 nights in Florence, 3 in Naples, 4 in Rome. Hotels, transportation, escorting, guides and admissions included; 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners.

    • Professor of gay history accompanies tour
    • Gay or gay-friendly art historian local guides
    • Central and excellent 4* hotels
    • Magnificent meals
    • Walking tours of Florence, Capri, and Rome
    • Visits to well-known ancient sites such as Pompeii, the Roman Forum, and the Colosseum
    • Lesser known sites such as Paestum and Emperor Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli
    • “Gay Secrets” tours of the most famous museums: the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Uffizi; the Vatican Museum
    • Also less well-known museums: the Bargello in Florence, the Naples Archeological Museum (with its famous Secret Museum!), the Roman Archeological Museum (Palazzo Massimo), and the Capitoline Museums
    • History, art history, gay history—and lots of beauty!
    • Day 1. Afternoon walking tour of Florence
    • Day 2. Bargello museum + explore Florence’s many museums, artisan shops, and excellent restaurants.
    • Day 3. Train ride to Naples & Archeological Museum
    • Day 4. A day excursion to two great archeological sites: Paestum and Pompeii.
    • Day 5. Ferry to the jewel of the Mediterranean, Capri
    • Day 6. Train ride to Rome & tours through the center of the world’s historically and artistically richest city,
    • Day 7. visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
    • Day 8. A day excursion to the hillside town of Tivoli.
    • Day 9. Visit the Roman Domus (houses) of Palazzo Valentini
    • Day 10. The tour ends with breakfast—or continue on to our “Call Me By Your Name” extension!