Ready for a gay Bologna tour?
Ready for a gay Bologna tour? Here’s the interview of Matteo a local from the City.
Hello Matteo, can you tell us a bit about you?
I’ve been living in Bologna for my whole life, although I love traveling and I try to do it as much as I can.
I graduated in foreign languages and literature (English and Spanish), I teach Italian as a second language, and I used to run a bed&breakfast at my place. I have been the boss of a Sicilian street food take away for years.
Why do you love Bologna that much?
I have always lived in the city center, so I know it chapter and verse.
There is no city or town in Italy I would live in, but Bologna: right “size” great monuments and museums, the capital city of food, culture, history, nature, shopping, comfort, fun and facilities…
Moreover, from Bologna, you can quickly reach a lot of exciting tourist destinations in a few hours by train or bus such as Modena, Firenze, and even Venezia. Milan and Rome are not that far either if you take a speed train.
My favorite local places
The landscape from the top of Asinelli Tower, where you can admire the whole city from above.
“Piccola Venezia”, a small hidden window from which you can see a channel (Bologna used to be a city on water).
The hills, great green lung for the metropolitan area.
Caffè Minghetti, a very well located coffee shop where I’m used to having breakfast and “aperitivo”.
My favorite restaurants
La tua piadina, best piadina romagnola in town.
È cucina, try fish by TV star chef Cesare Marretti.
Trattoria Collegio di Spagna, for its typical local cuisine.
Olmo, for International tastes with local products.
Which are the 4 main spots you like to show to gay travelers in Bologna?
I would like to give my travelers a real local point of view on Bologna Middle Ages heart: I think they can’t miss Santo Stefano Square and the seven-churches-in-one; the Two Towers; the Jewish Ghetto; Piazza Maggiore; the “Quadrilatero”.
What about local gay life in Bologna?
Bologna is with no doubts Italian gay capital. Arcigay, our leading national LGBTQ association, has its headquarters here, and it shares with Cassero, our local committee, a fantastic seat called Salara, which was an ancient salt warehouse.
You can go there to join several cultural and social activities, as well as to dance, have a drink, and meeting people.
Gay Bologna bars and other LGBT venues
Cassero is the place where you can find anything dealing with gay life and facilities to the community. From bar to book presentations, from parties to debates…you can’t miss it!
A lovely place I would recommend is Igor bookshop, probably one of the few left in Italy, curiously set inside a lovely urban flower shop.
Of course, there are places you can go to if you want to have fun. However, in friendly Bologna, you will enjoy yourself almost everywhere!
More Gay bars in Bologna
Gay clubs and parties in Bologna
Gay Crusing bars in Bologna
Gay sauna in Bologna
Finally, Bologna is strategically positioned when visiting Italy, from North to South, as it is only a few hours drive by car or train to make your way to fascinating and gay-friendly cities such as San Marino, Florence, Rome, Milan, Turin, Venice, Padoa, Naples or Bologna. Or even take a flight to Malta, Athens or Mykonos for more art and sun … or just fun.