‘Rome caput mundi’ is an old saying about the capital of Italy: it means that the entire world sums up in Rome as its ‘head’. In modern times, it is still acknowledgeable as the utmost expression of architectural beauty, splendor and glorious history. It is the place where the Roman Empire was established and where the Greek tradition of same-sex relationships were not condemned, nay encouraged and well accepted.
In Greek society, it was very common to have same-sex experiences as a sort of rite to access the adult age. It was also a common fact between teachers and scholars and the latter felt to be honored to be chosen as ‘preferred ones’. Straight unions were far less important: women were just a means for having children and usually not as much passion was involved in straight sex. Romans took up the same customs, modifying them in time. The Greek cult of the perfect body as a divine expression of beauty pervaded widely the Roman culture at the beginning, which always looked at the Greeks as the highest cultural dominion.
Think of great Roman gay or bisexual emperors, such as Hadrian (with his beloved Antinoo), Nero, who married two young men or Julius Caesar,‘the husband of all wives and the wife of all husbands’. Also the Roman iconic gladiators were trained in compliance with specific sexual rules including preferably male partners.
Rome is gay history
You will be surprised when visiting the Vatican Museums or the Sistine Chapel and discover how much homoerotic art is expressed here: starting with the turbulent life of Michelangelo and the homosexual signs and gay paintings he left us. Also in Tivoli, in the surroundings of Rome, gay life and love spread out: Villa Adriana is an amazing gay love gift by Emperor Adrian to Antinoo, who died young and left the Emperor in deep sorrow.
Why choose Quiiky Italia Tours for your Roman trip?
We, at Quiiky Italia Tours, believe that Rome has so much to be told under a gay light. We have been working for seventeen years on constant research about the hidden Roman history, we have enrolled the best gay historians to help us, in order to give our guests a unique, unbeatable gay history experience.
We have selected, and still are, the best gay guides in the city, trained them with our walking tour format, in order to be able to assist you in any possible request you may have concerning the Roman gay history. We have selected the best of the best:
The Colosseum and the Palatine Fora– and most recently, the Emperor Nero’s Domus Aurea
The Hendrik Andersen Museum– the greatest collection of homosexual history in Rome. Hendrik Andersen was also Henry James’s lover
The villas in Tivoli, Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este
Why travelling with us? We are the most experienced gay tour operators in Italy
We are Alessio and Andrea, a Roman young gay couple for almost twenty years, now. We have started to work on Roman gay history a long time ago and have acquired, sofar, a long experience in organizing city tours for gay travelers, as we are. We do know what a gay tourist can expect when visiting a city like Rome. Our walking tours always include skip-the-line tickets, are private tours for singles, couples or for small groups, with English speaking gay or gay-friendly guides. They will take you through convenient paths, focusing on gay art and unveiling the secrets behind it. We make it easy: no waste of time before entering the museums or attractions, only security controls as usual.
We have gay Rome at hand! You may be interested in organizing more days in the Eternal City and discover places you would never imagine: Galleria Farnese, the Andersen Museum and not forgetting the Underground Roman Catacombs. Also, we are expert tour organizers, offering several off-the-beaten tracks proposals: for example, matching together culture and gay leisure on the sandy beaches in the outskirts of Rome. Rome is not just one…you can have many.
Last but not least: our special customer care. We can assist you in organizing your tour in Rome and not only. We can look after your accommodation in gay/gay-friendly hotels, organize transfers with selected gay-friendly drivers, in Rome and in Italy, too . We do assist along your trip and are open to respond to any possible request concerning gay experiential Rome and Italy.