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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Scopello, 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
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
Tezzano 13), lounge bar, cabins, dark room, massage, internet access, Turkish
(via Fischetti, 10), It is a new sauna, lounge bar, videos, cabins, dark room, massage, whirlpool, dry and