Homosexuality is legal (over the age of 16) and even widely accepted, but Italy is fairly conservative in its attitudes and discretion is still wise. Overt displays of affection by LGBTQ+ couples can attract a negative response, especially in smaller towns.
There are gay venues in Rome, Milan and Bologna, and a handful in places such as Florence and Naples. Some coastal towns and resorts (such as the Tuscan town of Torre del Lago, Taormina in Sicily and Gallipoli in Puglia) are popular gay holiday spots in summer.
Arcigay Bologna-based national organisation for the LGBTQ+ community.
Circolo Mario Mieli di Cultura Omosessuale Rome-based cultural centre that organises debates, cultural events and social functions.
Coordinamento Lesbiche Italiano The national organisation for lesbians holds regular conferences, literary evenings and cultural events at its Rome headquarters.
Gay.it (www.gay.it) Website featuring LGBTQ+ news, features and gossip.
Pride (www.prideonline.it) Culture, politics, travel and health with an LGBTQ+ focus.