LGBTQ+GAY GETAWAYS TUSCAn+Apulian FIAT 500 Journey
The magical, Fontelunga is known to some as a hidden gem, one of the loveliest, boutique properties in the Chiana Valley. Owners and life partners Paolo & Philip have deep ties to the region and have continued to raise the bar at the main boutique palazzo, 2, spartan, stand alone villas, and a stunning, new option, a villa/resort hybrid Borgo 69, which marries 12, modern, boutique villas, with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms along with a lovely resort pool, chic Emporio di Ines restaurant, pool, and wrap around services one would desire in a resort, yet with the benefits of a private villa. Day 2 Montepulciano Your local guide will take you though the important sites and residences of the Medici family including the Palazzo Avignonesi. We’ve arranged a private tour of Tales and Ercolani Azienda Agricola wine cellars to enjoy, firsthand the Nobile di Montepulciano this afternoon.
Day 3 Pienza A valley town on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage, Val d’ Orcia, Pienza is a stunning walled town with early renaissance palazzi. We take you inside with your private guide, to the 3 palaces, focusing on Rosselino’s finest Renaissance Palazzo Piccolomini to view the private apartments, gardens and art.
Day 4 Bagno Vignoni Today we head south of Montepulciano down the Via Cassia, the old Roman road to the thermal spa down of Bagno Vignoni. Enjoy lunch on the square followed by an all day pampering at Le Terme Spa.
Day 5 Montalcino
Home to the infamous Brunello wine, Montalcino is also an important Etruscan site surrounded by vineyards, spires and elegant stone walls. We have your private guide reveal Etruscan monuments. Later we have arranged The Vertical Tasting, an extraordinary experience to enjoy 6 of the finest vintages of Brunello di Montalcino, complimented with local, Percoino cheese, Tuscan bread and house-made extra virgin olive oil and honey at the renowned Castiglion del Bosco Winery.
Day 6 Drive from Fontelunga to Paragon 700 Check in to the new Paragon 700 in the White City of Ostuni. Paragon 700 is a new, very LGBTQ+ welcoming property, an 18th century manse, managed by Laura Stopani who’s helmed some of Italy’s finest. The boutique property is a stunning, historical, red palazzo in the byzantine, white city of Ostuni. The sumptuous rooms are filled with cathedral ceilings, private terraces, balconies and more. The expansive garden and citrus orchard is complemented by Ostni’s only outdoor swimming pool. But they don’t stop there, they also have a full service P Beach Club and sumptuous spa converted from an underground cistern. Unwind and enjoy dinner reservations and the Tasting Menu at the renowned Restaurant 700 in the gorgeous stone chamber that once housed a centuries old oil-mill. After dinner enjoy Ostuni’s largest private orange grove and garden for desert. Day 7 Torre Guaceto Gay Beach Day Torre Guaceto is a nature reserve that boasts azure waters and a lovely gay beach for a freeing day of clothing optional enjoyment. Today is to unwind, relax and enjoy the sand and sea.
Day 8 Private Yacht Excursion
The P Boat, a 15-meter private yacht, is chartered for you today for an adventure on the Adriatic Sea. Your captain and crew will take you for a lovely tour of nature, The Tremiti Islands and ending at the infamous gay beaches of D’Ayala Beach, Campomarino di Maruggio, just an hour north of Gallipoli. We take in a late afternoon lunch in Campomarino before heading back to the resort’s P Beach Restaurant on beach, nearby Specchiolla. Day 9 Motorbike Tour Today we have arranged a custom, motorbike tory through the olive groves, seasides and medieval roads. Local guide Valentina, affectionately known as TraVale will guide you through the Valle d’Itria, Salento and Gargano Coastline and Sea Caves. On our way back, we stop for lunch at Ristorante Grotta Palazzese in Polignano a Mare. Day 10 Apulian Cooking Class Tonight’s highlight is a hands-on private cooking class with Chef Giacomo Simone. After a visit to the local market to pickup fish, vegetables and staples, the chef shares some generations old family recipes. Afterwards, enjoy some Susumaniello, Negromaro and Primitivo Apulia wine tasting in their palazzo’s wine cellar along with cured meats and cheeses.
JAPAN FOODIE ADVENTURE
STEPPING OUT IN SWITZERLAND
Switzerland has long been a progressive country that champions diversity and individual rights, and it's also very gay friendly. Sophisticated LGBT travelers come for the welcoming atmosphere, glorious lakes, and majestic mountains. Our custom itinerary includes the welcoming cities of Zurich, Geneva, and Lausanne, taking in both the region's natural wonders along with its art and architecture highlights.
Hand picked Havens: Widder Hotel Zurich, the city’s most unique property crafted by 10 medieval houses fused with ancient stone, vibrant art and 17th century frescoes. Mandarin Oriental Geneva is an Historical Heritage landmark, the former Hotel du Rhône, the first luxury hotel built after World War II. Reimagined by designer Adam Tihany, it’s an Art Deco gem with subtle, Asian accents.
Trip HighlightFestivals Year Round
The Swiss calendar is crowded with LGBT festivals and celebrations—Arosa Ski Week in the winter, Zurich's Pink Apple Film Festival in the spring, and Gay Pride events in the summer. We can make arrangements for any of these popular events.
Day 1Zurich's Art Scene
Start your visit to Zurich with an art & architecture tour of the city with an art historian and private docent. Among the stops will be the last work by Switzerland's most famous architect, the Heidi Weber Museum–Center Le Corbusier, as well as the Kunsthaus and the Landesmuseum. After you have had your fill of culture, walk along the Bahnhofstrasse, the city's famous shopping street.
Day 2Zurich West
Zurich West was long an industrial area but in recent years it's transformed itself into one of the city's most exciting neighborhoods, home of open air cafés, dining, and clubs—gay, straight, and mixed. Spend a day, and evening, exploring this part of Zurich with our suggestions for the coolest stores and the hottest restaurants.
Day 3Beyond Zurich
One of the most appealing aspects of Switzerland is that pristine nature is never far away. We can arrange for a car and driver to take you to sites like the Walensee, seen here, or the historic city of St. Gallen, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Baroque Abbey of St. Gallen. Both are less than two hours from Zurich.
Day 4To Winterthur and Back
Just to the north of Zurich, Winterthur is home to a unique art collection. Oskar Reinhart was born into one of the town's wealthiest families, and he began to collect art when he was just 22, in 1907. Eventually his purchases would form one of the world's most important collections of 19th-century French art, the Museum Oskar Reinhart, which he left to the Swiss people at his death. Your guide will get you to Winterthur and back with time to explore more of Zurich, before you continue on to Geneva on Day 5.
Day 5To Geneva and Lausanne You'll depart today for Geneva and Lausanne, either by car or a more leisurely trip by train. In either case, there will be time to stop and explore some of the historic cities along the way, like Bern, Switzerland's capital—and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Geneva and Lausanne offer a heady mix of both age-old history and contemporary arts, culture, and a gay scene. And both cities sit on stunning Lake Geneva.
In Geneva you'll find a historic city that manages to be both charming and elegant at once. Explore the medieval Old Town, walk along the lakefront with its views of the iconic Jet d'Eau, cross the Mont Blanc bridge, and smell the flowers in the vibrant Jardin Anglais. A fifth of Geneva is public parks, but the Jardin Anglais is the most popular of them all with its outdoor sculptures and meticulous landscaping.
A university town and cultural center, Lausanne is a city of students and entrepreneurs as well as the home of a vibrant gay scene. You can visit museums like the unconventional Musée d'Art Brut dedicated to outsider art or attend the Bejart Ballet, though leave some time to see the enormous 13th-century cathedral. When you are ready to check out Lausanne's LGBT scene, start at the Avenue du Tivoli, lined with popular bars and cafes.