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Gay life in the city

It is widely believed that Michaelangelo was gay, and a good look at his famous David statue pretty much confirms it. Florence is therefore a city with a long gay history, and that is not surprising considering the number of artists who've lived in it and turned it into one of the world's most important art centers. The current gay scene may be small, but you must remember that this is a city with less than half a million residents. What does exist, though, is quite attractive, from the bars and clubs to the people. Almost everything is within walking distance, and below are the places to look for.



Tabasco, gay club, Florence Tabasco
Open since 1974, this is actually one of the oldest gay clubs in Italy. The dancing area has a vaulted ceiling with frescoes of the zodiac signs under which both Italian and foreign DJs mix the sounds enjoyed by a gay crowd of different ages and styles.

Yag Bar
It can get quite crowded at this colorful bar, with good priced drinks in the afternoon, and staying open through the night as music videos are shown on a huge screen.

Tenax
Attracting the city's trendiest crowds for over two decades, gay and straight mix at Tenax to dance to house music. Famous DJs are often invited to appear, making this one of the first places worth checking out if you're looking for a night of dancing in Florence.

GAY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT


Cantina Barbagianni
This restaurant has a romantic atmosphere with its creative Turscan food served in a medieval dining room. It is beautifully lit and is ideal for a dinner for two.

SAUNA


Florence Baths
This sauna has been open since 1991, offering a Turkish bath, a large whirlpool, and during the late spring and summer months, an outdoor pool.

GAY-FRIENDLY HOTELS


Hotel Medici
Globus Hotel
Hotel Cellai
UNA Hotel Vittoria
Riva Lofts

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