Taormine and Catania

Tour Information

The famous ‘buen retiro’ for LGBTQ+ artists in beautiful Taormine.

This is a full day excursion in Taormine and Catania:

h. 9.00 AM - You meet your guide and driver at the port of Catania, for a one-hour drive to the stunning Taormine, the ‘nest’ of many gay artists in the 19th century.

It was selected as the setting of the world-renowned series ‘White Lotus’, which was shot here in 2021.

Your walking tour starts with a Sicilian breakfast – if you want to try some good coffee or cappuccino or a‘granita’ (smashed ice with fruit syrup), or again an ‘almond milk’  at Licchio’s bar, just at the entrance in Taormine.

From there, you start a walking tour of this Mediterranean pearl, including the Greek theatre, (outdoor) and the Belvedere (outdoor), one of the noblest palaces dating back to the 11th century built in local stone;

h. 11.30 AM - Casa Cuseni is also another must-see, where the ‘Museum of Fine Arts’ is located and where the major Von Gloeden’s works have been collected, after his decision of living and working in Sicily. Amongst them, Wilhelm Von Gloeden, one of the most famous gay photographers and art collector in the world.

The tour continues heading back to Catania.

Catania was the Italian city where Fascism acted a strong prohibition against homosexuality. It seems that this morbid attention to the Sicilian gay community (not exactly a community, yet, just a number of poor, hungry, illiterate young men, beaten by an ever-ending famine) started with a homicide, which happened in a house in 1937. A young man was found dead and investigations involved a number of male friends nicknamed female ‘A Leonessa’ (the She-Lion), A’ Placidina’, etc .

h. 2.00 PM - Street food in Catania.

Enjoy a promenade with our gay guide, listen to the secrets of the young men and women who were persecuted during the II World War for being gay or lesbian. First stop, the Duomo (the Cathedral) and the Elephant Fountain in the historical center of Catania (UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will travel to the infamous  ‘red light district’The San Berillo District, where prostitution was the only way to fight against harassment and the only possible income for many gay men. The tour then proceeds up the flight of steps in Via Alessi, an obscure meeting point for gay couples and for cruising, to the ‘arvuru russu’ (the ‘big tree’, in Sicilian dialect).  This old tree was the symbol of the largest gay community in Italy during the 30s.  Here, many gay men were killed and 45 deported by the Fascist Army.  A long, deep fracture in the tree trunk still bears witnesses to that tragedy.

By 4,30/5.00 PM you will be back to the Catania port.

You can sit for a ‘croissant with ice cream’ before embarking or drink some typical ‘almond milk’ , the traditional fresh home-made drink in Sicily

The famous ‘buen retiro’ for LGBTQ+ artists in beautiful Taormine.

This is a full day excursion in Taormine and Catania:

h. 9.00 AM – You meet your guide and driver at the port of Catania, for a one-hour drive to the stunning Taormine, the ‘nest’ of many gay artists in the 19th century.

It was selected as the setting of the world-renowned series ‘White Lotus’, which was shot here in 2021.

Your walking tour starts with a Sicilian breakfast – if you want to try some good coffee or cappuccino or a‘granita’ (smashed ice with fruit syrup), or again an ‘almond milk’  at Licchio’s bar, just at the entrance in Taormine.

From there, you start a walking tour of this Mediterranean pearl, including the Greek theatre, (outdoor) and the Belvedere (outdoor), one of the noblest palaces dating back to the 11th century built in local stone;

h. 11.30 AM – Casa Cuseni is also another must-see, where the ‘Museum of Fine Arts’ is located and where the major Von Gloeden’s works have been collected, after his decision of living and working in Sicily. Amongst them, Wilhelm Von Gloeden, one of the most famous gay photographers and art collector in the world.

The tour continues heading back to Catania.

Catania was the Italian city where Fascism acted a strong prohibition against homosexuality. It seems that this morbid attention to the Sicilian gay community (not exactly a community, yet, just a number of poor, hungry, illiterate young men, beaten by an ever-ending famine) started with a homicide, which happened in a house in 1937. A young man was found dead and investigations involved a number of male friends nicknamed female ‘A Leonessa’ (the She-Lion), A’ Placidina’, etc .

h. 2.00 PM – Street food in Catania.

Enjoy a promenade with our gay guide, listen to the secrets of the young men and women who were persecuted during the II World War for being gay or lesbian. First stop, the Duomo (the Cathedral) and the Elephant Fountain in the historical center of Catania (UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will travel to the infamous  ‘red light district’The San Berillo District, where prostitution was the only way to fight against harassment and the only possible income for many gay men. The tour then proceeds up the flight of steps in Via Alessi, an obscure meeting point for gay couples and for cruising, to the ‘arvuru russu’ (the ‘big tree’, in Sicilian dialect).  This old tree was the symbol of the largest gay community in Italy during the 30s.  Here, many gay men were killed and 45 deported by the Fascist Army.  A long, deep fracture in the tree trunk still bears witnesses to that tragedy.

By 4,30/5.00 PM you will be back to the Catania port.

You can sit for a ‘croissant with ice cream’ before embarking or drink some typical ‘almond milk’ , the traditional fresh home-made drink in Sicily

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Departure:
Port of Catania

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What's Included

Escorted Tour
Professional gay-friendly guide
Street food experience
Ticketing
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Walking tour

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PLEASE NOTE

Outfit: advisable t-shirt and knee-length pants; sneakers

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • The tour takes place with minimum 7 people.
  • Cancellations free of cost until July 7, 2024. Cancellations from July 8 to August 9, 2024 and in case of no-show: 100% penalty

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Duration: 8 hours
Departure: Aug. 9, 2024
Destination: Sicily
Inspiration: Art & Culture

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