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Gay-Friendly Tuscany

Tuscany, land of freedom

The Tuscan Renaissance was a time of great liberty for Tuscan homosexuals, starting with the ‘great’ gay individuals who changed history: Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Da Vinci and Machiavelli, just to name the best known among them.
Tuscany was the San Francisco of the Renaissance; it was so well known for its openness that the word for a homosexual in Germanic countries at the time was “florenzen,” or Florentine. The Tuscany of Grand Duke Leopoldo I was the first Italian state to decriminalise homosexuality, along with the death penalty, in 1853. Today, Florence and Pisa and many other towns in Tuscany continue to promote equal rights by registering gay unions in their municipal records.

The Tuscan Region amended its charter to outlaw any discrimination based on sexual orientationand to recognize all kinds of family structures, not just those based on marriage. Soon thereafter, with regional law n. 24 of October 13, 2004, Tuscany became the first region to adopt legislation that specifically addressed discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to activate public policies dedicated to LGBT social inclusion.

Aside from Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, you’ll discover gay life in Torre del Lago, which for more than 12 years has been the gay summer “mecca.”
You’ll also find itineraries for vacationing in Maremma, where beautiful beaches and the warm waters of the thermal springs await, and in cities of art throughout Tuscany, that with their various gay friendly agritourismos, b&b’s and hotels, you’re sure to find a hospitable home and entirely new ways to discover these towns.