Naked but for the towel around his waist, a man of a certain age sat by himself, bent slightly forward as if praying, in a corner of the sauna at a gym in central Rome. I had not met this man before, but as I entered the sauna, I thought I recognized him from photographs. My friends told me that this priest was gay, politically savvy, and well connected to the gay Church hierarchy in Rome. Yet as I looked at the man more closely, I saw that it was definitely him.
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It's a major metropolitan city and with that comes a huge population of LGBT residents that live and work in the city plus countless travelers that come to behold the eternal city. Download the Guide No, you don't come to Rome for the gay scene but since you're coming anyways, you might as well check out a few of these gay specific and gay friendly venues and attractions. And for those really looking to explore a thriving Italian gay scene, you're better off heading to Milan which has the most developed gay scene in the country — though still small compared to other destinations like London, Paris , Berlin , Madrid or Barcelona. Rome is one of those cities that has so much history and sites to visit that you can never see it all. There are many nice neighborhoods in Rome to stay including Trastevere, Monti and Celio.
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Hardly a tourist will fail to fall victim to the fascination of this eternal city with its countless churches, monuments and art treasures. In summer the Gay Village in the south of Rome opens its gates. Every evening different parties and concerts take place with several thousand guests. However, also during the rest of the year one can go out every evening, dancing is, however, more popular at the weekend. The different locations are spread out all over the city.
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