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Somewhere in the region of Lombardy, Italy… Our tour starts from Milan, the city of contrasts, a city increasingly appreciated by lovers of culture, design and modernity. Here, you can see the gay side of Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpieces and experience the Porta Venezia neighborhood, the heart of Milan LGBT+ community.

With our arrival in the small town of Crema, the authentic heart of the Po Valley, we start to see the movie settings of Elio and Oliver’s love story.

We follow their story to Catullus’ Caves in Sirmione on Lake Garda and we’ll spend relaxing time at Aqualux Wellness & SPA Resorts gay friendly in Bardolino. We’ll discover also Verona, Romeo & Juliet’s city, and finally Bergamo, where Elio and Oliver exchange their kiss on a crazy summer evening.

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Itinerary

Arrival at Milan Airport, self-organized transfer to hotel and check-in at hotel.
Free evening.

Guided tour in Milan.

Professor Perlman, Elio’s father in the movie, is a doctor in Archeology and History. His knowledge of Italian Culture and Art easily connects him to the most intriguing and mysterious genius: Leonardo Da Vinci whose some masterpieces are conserved in Milan.

A half-day tour with our private gay-friendly guide is perfect for those who want to know more about Leonardo da Vinci.

You will visit the Sforza Castle, the Ambrosiana Gallery  and the Milan Gothic Cathedral

Free lunch

We end our day with a typical Italian aperitif in Porta Venezia, the city’s main gay quarter.

Free evening.

Overnight in Milan.

Morning: departure for Cascate del Serio (waterfalls).

The ‘Cascate del Serio’ are artificial waterfalls, which flow only with human support, in certain times of the year. Their opening is scheduled in compliance with the Regional Authority. We are therefore unable to guarantee that the ‘Cascate’ will be seen flowing. Nevertheless, we include them in this trip, as a movie set, as a trekking experience in the Natural Park of the Serio Waterfalls. Dressing Code: trekking shoes (no high heels nor slippers, nor sneakers. Trekking clothing)

Here is when in the movie the two protagonists run, while “Mystery of love” song by Sufjan Stevenson plays, a slope at the base of a waterfall screaming. When the Falls are closed you can visit one of the shelters of Brembana Valley or Seriana Valley.

Free lunch in Valbondione.

Departure for Bergamo (Città Alta – High City).

Bergamo is positioned North of Milan. The oldest area is called ‘Città Alta’ (High City). It is originally a Roman town, characterized by paved streets leading to the Duomo. It is surrounded by Venetian walls and it can be easily reached by a funicular. Here the Romanic Basilica and the huge Colleoni Chapel with Tiepolo frescoes worth the visit.

Visit the movie settings (Rosate Square, Duomo Square, and Natural Science University) on your own. Here Elio and Oliver with their friends listen to Richard Butler among vintage cars parked in Piazza Rosate and dance in Santa Maria Maggiore. Then they move to Piazza Duomo and kiss passionately leaning against the wall of the University of Sciences, letters, and arts.

Departure for Milan.

Free dinner.

Overnight in Milan.

Transfer to Crema.

Crema and the countryside: the authentic heart of the Po Valley and Northern Italy and the main place where the “Call Me By Your Name” was shot . Follow the steps and locations experienced by Elio and Oliver.

Departure for Crema, where you will meet your English –speaking guide.

From Crema to Trescore, to rent your e-bikes for a tour to the ‘Fontanili’, the tiny lakes where Elio and Oliver meet.

Lunch at ‘Il Bosco’ Restaurant to try the local specialty ‘Tortellini Cremaschi’. You will also learn how to prepare them during a cooking class.

In the afternoon, visit Pandino (Vittorio Emanuele III square), Capralba and Ricengo Lake (movie settings)

Back to Crema: You see Piazza Duomo with Palazzo Comunale, Duomo, Torrazzo, via Marazzi and Piazza Premoli, Moscazzano (here you will see the outside of the Villa Albergoni), the square with the parish church and the Belvedere Bar, where some scenes have been shot.

Free dinner.

Overnight in Milan.

Check out at Hotel.

Departure for the Caves of Catullus on Lake Garda: this tour would make Professor Perlman proud. The name ‘Caves of Catullus’ identifies a Roman Villa, which was built between the Ist century B.C. and Ist century A. C., in Sirmione (The archaeological find scene was filmed here between the Grotte di Catullo Park and the Jamaica beach). Visit Sirmione, a small town on a peninsula in the Garda Lake. Its Castle and Fortress dominates the view. Lemons are specialties of Lake Garda.

Departure for Bardolino and hotel check-in.

Free dinner.

h. 11.00 AM – Do not forget the visit to Cesari Vini wine cellar: you have your transfer departing from your hotel.

This wine experience is called ‘From Lugana to Amarone’ (recalling two local wines) and includes three wine tastings accompanied by enticing local delicacies

h. 2.00PM – Back to hotel in Bardolino.

Afternoon free.

Tip: Enjoy a walk along the coastline of Bardolino or a boat tour by public transportation to one of the villages nearby – Lazise or Desenzano, for example. Take your time to linger and enjoy the view on the biggest lake in Italy.

Check out at hotel.

Transfer to Desenzano del Garda train station, to catch the high speed train to Venice – Santa Lucia railway station)

Departure for Venice.

Walk or catch a taxi boat to hotel.

Hotel check-in.

Free Dinner.

In the morning, tour of Venice that has been one of the first ‘gay friendly’ towns in the 18th century: as a powerful port on the Eastern Routes, with rich merchants and noble families, Venice has long been associated to romance, to Casanova’s love stories and to the transgressive Cafè Florian. Not forgetting the ‘Death in Venice’ novel, by Thomas Mann, who lived a difficult romance with a Venetian young man. Also Oscar Wilde was mesmerized by the Venetian beauty and by its baroque architecture.

Time off.

Check out and departure for Venice Airport (by private taxi or public boat).

What's Included

Accommodation
Bike Tour
Escorted Tours
Local tour leader
Meals as scheduled in the itinerary
Professional gay-friendly guide
Ticketing
Transfers
Wine tasting

What's Excluded

Everything not clearly mentioned on what's Included
Flights
Meals
Personal extras
Personal insurance
Tips
Transfer from/to airports
City tax (to be paid on the spot)

Additional Information

  • The tour takes place with min. 7 people + tour leader.
  • Accommodation in double/twin standard room in three/four-star hotel, breakfast included. Double for single use supplement: € 1000.00
  • Accommodation upgrade available on request.
  • Extension days on request all over Italy;
  • Transfers to/from all destinations/Italian airports available on request by writing to booking@quiiky.com.
  • Reservations made by May 31, 2023 apply for a 10% discount. Promo Code: CLMBYN
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Ian
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My husband and I booked the tour of the “Vatican in a gay light” for one morning during our trip to Rome. Our guide, Dario, was very knowledgeable of the historical significe of the art works as well as many of the anecdotes that provided context. We learned a great deal and truly enjoyed ourselves. This tour is too notch! Thank you.
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Excellent pre-cruise Quiiky tour in Venice. Great guide who had so much intimate knowledge of Venice. Besides being very handsome he is a local resident for more than 2 decades with so much intimate knowledge that you can’t get from a guidebook. This is my second time using Quiiky for tours and transfers; they’re my first choice in Italy!
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First I would like to thank you and your company and all involved for a wonderful trip. From beginning to end we continued to be amazed by all the wonder service we received from all of you. We had a fabulous time for our anniversary. All the guides were great and all better than we expected. It is hard to pick a best as they were all awesome, that being said, three stand out for being most personable and had a excellent sense of how to move us along our tours. Quiiky gets 5 out of 5 for all other ratings. Yes, we would positively reccommend for anyone considering travel to Italy. AND, Giovanna, you’re the best.
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We adored our Quikky tour of the Vatican with our guide Claudio. We had been a little apprehensive about visiting the Vatican but this tour is the way to go! Claudio had an expert knowledge of the art collection and we enjoyed hearing the "other", more scandalous stories of the private lives of Michelangelo and the popes. We loved our visit to the museums, Sistine Chapel, grotto and St Peters - I recommend joining the queue and adding on the view from the dome of the basilica - well worth the stairs!
Denis Dallaire
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The excursion to Capri was great! The headphone system worked really well and the guide Andrea was super nice and fun! He was a really good guide and would not hesitate to have him again. The food and drink offerings were very good. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
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Thanks for a great alternative tour of the Vatican. Having visited back in 1999 I wanted something a little different to do with my husband who had never visited before. It is great to see Quiiky offering tours with a twist and can most definitely recommend this one for your next visit to Rome.
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First had a wonderful pre-cruise Quikky tour in Venice. Our guide was super friendly, knowledgeable, and a great deal of fun. Then I went on a tour of the Vatican and our tour guide was incredible. He is an expert on the Vatican and on the pertinent gay history (which turns out to be much more than you might even think). He literally made the Vatican come alive and provided one of the more fascinating tours I have taken anywhere. And the two wonderful owners of Quiiky picked us up and took us on a vehicular tour of Rome. Others got back from Rome complaining of the crowds and the heat... we got back energized, happy, and filled with fascinating information after an afternoon filled with fun and personalized care. Don't make the mistake thinking you will get an equivalent tour from a straight guide/company -- if you are gay, Quiiky is the way to go.
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I highly recommend Quiiky Travel for any guided visit to Rome or Italy. I was both surprised and entertained by everything GAY I learned about the Vatican on my tour. They are passionate about providing an excellent travel experience and I have no doubt that you would enjoy one of their tours or travel products.
Denis Dallaire
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What a wonderful experience to Messina and Taormina. Antonio was a great guide with good knowledge and history-telling. Really enjoyed the history of the museum Cusena. Again the food and drinks on the boat were very good. Thank you so much!
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Our excursion to Messina and Taormina today was excellent. Antonio was amazing. Our food experience was on point … starting with the granita and Brioche in Messina and the arancini and cannoli in Taormina!!! The boat trip around the bays was spectacular and the food again!!! Eggplant Parmesan and the sardine dish and olives… Again Antonio was patient , knowledgeable sweet and always on time!! Excellent experience!!!
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We had a fantastic tour of the Vatican with Paolo from Quiiky. Paolo was knowledgeable, personable, fun and really gave us a different insight into the history of art and the gay artists that are part of the Vatican’s history and more! Highly recommended!
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It was easy to schedule our tour. Everything was explained in great detail, so there was no confusion on the day of the excursion. The vans were spotless and comfortable. Our guide for the Colosseum was exceptional in every way. He was cute, knowledgeable, witty, flexible and engaging. We met so wonderful folks and shared a wonderful lunch with the guys from our group. Could not have been happier with Quiiky.
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