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Visiting the city of Pompeii, you may feel like you are gone back in time. Only within 30 minutes from Naples, the destination is famous Mt. Vesuvius volcano, which erupted in the year 79 A.D. The moment marks a natural disaster which wiped out the whole city of Pompeii and buried everything in a huge layer of ash. The mud preserved it all, sealing everything. In 1738 King Charles of Bourbon ordered the start of the excavations of the archeological wonder and now you can walk through it!

If you visit the archeological place with our gay-friendly guide, you learn several things about LGBTQ+ life in ancient Roman civilization, led by a few Untold Histories you probably haven’t heard before.

The decorations, frescos, graffiti, sculptures, so artful preserved for centuries, will unveil how the ancient times were open-minded about sexual orientation.  These visual scenes illustrate that sensuality was considered a gift from the gods. Visit houses, streets and thermal baths adorned with artwork depicting sex scenes and homosexual relationships.In the suburban thermal baths watch sixteen scenes of gay sex between two men, two women and a threesome, as Catullus wrote in the Carmen 56.

Walking throughout the city, discover the ‘House of the Vettii’: there is a fresco that depicts Priapo, the son of Aphrodite and Dionysius, leaning against a wall while his giant phallus rests on one plate of a scale and on the other plate there is a bag full of coins.  This clearly demonstrates that Romans viewed the male member as a symbol of prosperity and abundance.

Also in the ‘House of Criptoportico’ you can see a mold of a couple hugging . It has been found now, through DNA, that they were actually two males.

Enjoy stories of the Roman life and its important Greek influences. Same sex love was expression of power, while marriage was often just a pretext and mechanism to have children. While heterosexual relations were the norm, homosexuality was very common in Pompeii, and apparently the Latin vocabulary doesn’t even distinguish between hetero- and homo-sexual identities.  In those days, homosexual relations were also quite frequent between powerful men.

In 2020 an important discovery brought to light a ‘thermopoly’, a resale of food and drinks perfectly conserved by the lava which destroyed the town. A graffiti was found here, together with many paintings of animals and mythologic characters, saying ‘Nicia, cinedo cacatore’. The sentence was probably referred to someone working at the thermopily and sexually attracted by males and females, in an active and passive way.

Julius Caesar, was known for same-sex relations. Nicknamed by Cicero, the “husband to all wives and wife to all husbands,” Casear also earned the nickname “Queen of Bithynia” after he engaged in a relationship with  the Greek king Nicomedes the IV of Bithynia. There are many other similar accounts amongst Roman Emperors, such as Tiberius, Caligula, Nero, but the most interesting story is that of Emperor Hadrian and his beautiful young lover Antonious.

Departure:
Pompeii

Places You’ll See

Remains of two embracing men

Itinerary

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Escorted Tour
Professional gay-friendly guide
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Additional Information

  • Transfer to Pompeii can be organized as private transfer or with public transport. Ask Quiiky tours to reserve your tour in Pompeii and to quote your private transfer from your domicile.
  • The pricing includes skip-the-line tickets.

The Voice of Our Clients

Ian
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.
Matt Berg
Matt Berg
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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!
Dan & Vince
Dan & Vince
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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.
 John Bindlechner-Wigan
John Bindlechner-Wigan
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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
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!
Oliver Broad
Oliver Broad
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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.
Greg Brady
Greg Brady
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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.
Auston Matta
Auston Matta
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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
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!
Santiago Stanley
Santiago Stanley
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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!!!
Adam Martindale
Adam Martindale
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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!
Theron Clark Stuart
Theron Clark StuartGroup Traveller
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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.
Curtis Korchinsky
Curtis KorchinskyGroup Traveller
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Fantastic company to work with. Very easy and simple…..and good value. Will definitely book with them again!
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