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Let’s dive in the Eastern part of Sicily, famous for the beauty of Baroque cities in there and a very appreciated place by gay and lesbian couples, Siracusa, the homeland of Archimedes and of the Greek civilization, and Catania, the town situated at the feet of the tallest volcano in Europe: Mount Etna. And don’t forget Taormina, splendid gay friendly town with stunning views on the Mediterranean Sea and wonderful beaches. You’ll discover all these aspects of this side of Sicily in a gay tour between architectural and nature marvels…

GAY FOCUS: In this tour we focus on a famous German photographer, Wilhelm von Gloeden, who arrived in Italy, precisely in Taormina, to receive medical cures for tuberculosis. Once cured, the artist settled in the town where he got rid of his disease, until his death. Gloeden lived off of private income untile 1985, painting (with mediocre outcomes) and taking photos (with great outcomes). Almost 50 years of Taromina’s story refers to the life of this character: before his naked ephebes with laurel wreath, Gloeden became famous for his eccentricity. For example, he loved bathing in his home with sea water, and every day many (well payed) young boys filled up the bath tub with saltwater barrels carried on shoulders from the beach at the feet of Taormina. Taormina had also been a destination of the Grand Tour for the gay nobles.

Itinerary

Arrival at Catania airport, and transfer to Taormina. Free time to enjoy the city. You can walk in the center of Taormina and in the evening you could have dinner at the gay friendly restaurant Rosso Peperoncino with typical Sicilian products.

Overnight stay in Taormina.

In the morning meeting with a private tour guide to discover Taormina by following in the footsteps of Wilhelm von Gloeden, a german photographer with the passion for painting.

He was mainly known for his nudes of Sicilian boys mostly made before the First World War. He was also famous for his landscape photography that has always attracted lot of tourists to Italy. Nearly 50 years of history of Taormina focus on the life of this character: in front of his naked youths with laurel wreath, Gloeden has become famous for his eccentricity. For example, he loved to swim in his house with sea water, and every day, naked boys, filled his bathtub with salt water, carrying barrels on the shoulder from the beach (hence the painting “The guys Von Gloe- den” ).

Taormina is a sexual destination for famous writers, painters and personalities of international politics and economy; amongst them, Oscar Wilde, the great actress Eleonora Duse and her companion Gabriele D’Annunzio.

Relax on the wide golden beaches, clear waters or even in secluded romantic coves, enjoying the scents and colors of Sicily. Ro- mance and charm will accompany your stay in the picturesque bay of Taormina.

Overnight stay in Taormina.

This morning your guide will take you through a boat trip to discover the beauties of the sea: the Bay of Naxos, the Cave of Love, Capo Taormina, Sirens Bay, Isola Bella, Blue Grotto, Mazzarò, St. Nicholas Bay.

During the tour, free time to enjoy a refreshing swim in front of the beauties of Taormina.

The beaches of this beautiful city are among the most beautiful of Sicily, pebble beaches and a rich and colorful vegetation, make this land- scape a real treasure for the Mediterranean. In the coast of Giardini Naxos we will witness an alternating colors, from golden sand, the silver gray pebbles, which render the crystal clear waters.

Return in the evening and dinner on board.

Overnight stay in Taormina.

Private transfer to reach the baroque city of Catania.

On the arrival, meet the tour guide and prepared to discover the city, starting from piazza Frederick of Swabia, then the Ursino Castle, the ancient norman castle of the city, the Roman Baths, the Fish Market, Piazza del Duomo – with its many buildings and symbol of Catania- and the Elephant Fountain.

In the afternoon we will reach the highest volcano of Europe: Etna.
Admire fascinating volcanic phenomena, walking through woods, eccentric craters and singular Etna lava formations.

You will visit a winery and its vineyards, where there will be a tasting of 4 wines DOC Etna, combined with a tasty brunch made from fresh local prod- ucts of Sicily (cheeses, meats, legumes, olive oil products and fresh bread).

Return in the evening in Taormina.

Overnight stay in Taormina.

Today you are going to discover Syracuse.

Your guide will take you to explore the historical center of Syracuse, founded by the Greeks during the first colonization of Magna Grecia. You will visit the Archaeological park, the most visited attraction in the city: here are the remains of the Roman Amphitheater, the Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius, the artificial cave.

According to legend, the tyrant Dionysus, dug the cave to hide his prisoners and hear their speeches. In the afternoon you will continue the visit of the historical center, with the Temple of Apollo and food shops selling local specialties.

Overnight stay in Taormina.

Morning departure from Taormina to Palermo.

Walking through the beautiful scenery of this amazing land, full of colors and scents, you will arrive in the beautiful Agrigento. You will discover the beautiful Valley of the Temples, known for its doric temples built by the ancient Greeks, Greek and Roman myths of Hercules, Juno, Pollux and more.

Free time for lunch.

In the early afternoon, along the ancient Greek-Roman road, you will arrive to Palermo.

Visit the historic center of Palermo.

Overnight stay.

In the early morning you will discover two of the most famous attractions of the center: the traditional open-air markets of Ballarò and Vucciria.

In this city it is incredible to get lost in narrow streets and end up on the streets where these markets are held.

Discover a new way to shop, among the stalls of fruit and fish and the scent of Sicilian street food, such as fritters (a sandwich with chickpea flour and tortilla inside) or “pani ca meusa” (the Sicilian word for spleen, only for the brave).

With a private transfer, this morning, you will arrive to Scopello and the Zingaro Nature Reserve.

The lights of Scopello and the Gulf of Castellammare del Golfo, will be the two points of view that will make you fall in love with these unique places. Mountains, olive groves and fields that run to the sea, in an intriguing atmosphere, closely connected with nature.

This day will be all about your relaxation, enjoying a drink at the edge of the private swimming pool of the villa or you can decide to go to the beach, just 10 minutes walk: clear water and plenty of sunshine all for you! Relax in the deep blue waters, at the ‘Old Tuna’s home’ of the gulf and the two incredible Faraglioni.

It is not by chance that Dolce&Gabbana have chosen these places to shoot the advertisement for their perfume with model David Gandy. As maintained by the tradition, in the afternoon you can enjoy “bread cunzato” sitting carefree in the historic center of Scopello.

Overnight stay in Scopello.

Relax on a boat tour: the skipper will wait for you on board to let you tour the most beautiful places near Scopello: the romantic Tonnara, San Vito Lo Capo with its beautiful waters and the Riserva dello Zingaro, a gem of uncontaminated beauty.

Opportunity to visit the typical greenery of the Zingaro Natural Reserve. Enjoy the warm and beauty of these places, feel the contact with the nature and fully recharge your batteries with a swim in this crystalline water, get your tan laying on the beaches and fill your stomach with all the tast- ings of the island.

You will go back home with a new energy.

Free morning at the beach or at the swimming pool.

In the afternoon excursion to the famous saltworks: the road from Trapani to Marsala, via Mozia lagoon is surrounded by salt mills, reflecting in beauti ful golden hue at sunset.

The mills, typical of the nearby lagoons, give an incredible romantic atmosphere and unique face for an extraordi- nary and incredible experience!

The lights of the sunset, a lovely little village just a few km from Trapani, Erice. Narrow, winding streets, medieval arches, small shops, where everything seems to have stopped in time, still retaining its old charm.

Overnight stay in Scopello.

What's Included

Accommodation
Car Rental
Escorted Tours
Professional gay-friendly guide
Ticketing
Transfers
Wine tasting
Walking tour

What's Excluded

Everything not clearly mentioned on what's Included
Fuel, extra insurance and motorway fees
Meals
Personal extras
Tips
City tax (to be paid on the spot)

Additional Information

  • Accommodation in double/twin standard room in four-star hotel, breakfast included.
  • CAUTION: verify whether your driving licence may be used in Italy or if you need an international one.
  • The tour is fully customizable to suit your needs.

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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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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!
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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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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.
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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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