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Sicilians broaden up their mind and are more tolerant than the past. In fact, gays, bi-curious, trans-gendered are active participants in several recent mass-media programs, which encourage the process of coming out. 

The narrow minded are the minority.

The word gay is no longer a taboo and local residents are friendly and hospitable.

Sicilian pride parades in Catania and Palermo organized by assertive actvists and, Rosario Crocetta, an openly gay man, who, won election as a Governor of Sicily in a recent regional election in 2012 are signs of change unthinkable here.

Gay nightlife in Sicily is mostly concentrated in Catania, where you can find several bars,  cruising areas and beach discos and friendly restaurants.  New businesses are popping up all over town to serve the GBLT community such as SFC sauna.  

Catania attracts young men from the Sicilian countryside to work and study. Groups of friends also drive from Palermo or the main land for weekend trips.  Low cost flights and ferries bring tourists from Malta, Naples, Northern Africa and all over Europe. 

Sicily is becoming a preferred European destination for gay travelers seeking and tasting Sicilian cannolo.


People meet online, or on via Etnea or Villa Bellini (a public park). Scalinata Alessi and Nievski bar are popular spots for those who want to display their affection in public.

Tourists who come and visit Sicily once, are likely to come back again, with their friends the following year. Some have also bought their Summer house in Catania and Siracusan coastline, where the real estate market is still interesting and reasonable.

Nudist beaches in Eastern Sicily

Although nudism in Italy is not expressly  allowed, there are several beaches frequented by nudists.

Catania, Caito rocks

Just behind the central train station in Catania, underneath the red "M" tunnel, crossed the railroad tracks into the left side, there are several steep little black lava bays. 

You need your sneakers to walk and climb down the cliffs. 

It is a large cruising area with some small caves where men can have some intimacy. Be aware that police sometimes patrol the area and may fine you if you are naked, so, keep your bathing suit  near your lap.

Eloro, Calamosche. 

About one hour drive south Catania, passed Siracusa, after walking for about 20 minutes through the wilderness natural reserve of Eloro, with its centenary olive, almond and carob  trees, a cruising area overlooks and opens up along a golden sandy beach. 

Be sure to bring some food and cold beverages with you since there are no stores in the surrounding areas.

Eraclea Minoa

Walk in the shades of its 2 kilometers of pine cone trees in the natural reserve, cross the estuary of the Platani river, and you will find yourself in the large nudist beach.  

Taormina, Spisone area -  Rocce Bianche

Taormina still remains the historical gay destination for rich people. Below the junction of A18 motorway, exit Taormina, on via nazionale, before arriving in Letojanni, park the car along the street near Caparena Resort. Walk through it and under the railway tunnel, on your right side you end up to a nice marble pebble beach. A big white rock borders the nudist beach hence the name Rocce Bianche (White Rocks).

Forza d'Agrò - Fondaco  Parrino

Between Letojanni and Sant'Alessio, the beach is in Contrada Parrino.

Nudist beaches in Western Sicily


Roosevelt beach area in Mondello (Capo Gallo), Barcarello and Sferracavallo (the “Vergini beach”) .


Passed the cemetery of Balestrate, park and walk.


Palermo-Catania motorway, exit at Buonfornello. After 2 km, follow directions to Lascari,  Gorgo Lungo.


Nudist beaches in the Guitgia area and on the right side of Isola dei Conigli, Ballata Bianca.

San Vito lo Capo

tonnara_di_scopelloScopello, Guidaloca area, cross the bridge and reach the tuna-fishing nets of Scopello.


Beach mouth of the Belice river.

Gay things to do in Catania

Codice Rosso (via Conte Ruggero, 48), open nightly local men's cruise bar, mask, naked and blackout parties.


Le Capannine (viale Kennedy 93, Lidi Playa), beach disco, gay-friendly dance parties, beach volleyball, restaurant. cabaret. 

 (viale Kennedy 80), it is probably the Southern Italy biggest gay complex, swimming pool, disco, bars, darkroom and labyrinth; also shows, events, special parties. 


INDUSTRIE is the new disco in Catania. On Saturdays, mostly gay crowd. Two stages, several privè, interesting lounge bar with coffee tables and wifi.
It is a large disco of international European atmosphere. 


Sauna Mykonos (via Platamone, 20), Old sauna, dry and steam sauna, dark room, swimming pool, whirlpool, solarium, bar, massage services.

Terme di Achille Sauna (via Tezzano 13), lounge bar, cabins, dark room, massage, internet access, Turkish bath, sauna.

SFC Sauna (via Fischetti, 10), It is a new sauna, lounge bar, videos, cabins, dark room, massage, whirlpool, dry and steam sauna. 

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