#Italy

Pack Up Because An LGBTQ Touring Company Is Offering A "Call Me By Your Name" Tour

Are you a fan of Call Me By Your Name? Well, it might be time to live out the movie you so wonderfully enjoy.

Quiiky Tours is the first Italian company to specialize in LGBTQ-themed travel. According to NewNowNext, the company has announced that they’re now offering a Call Me By Your Name themed tour.

Call Me By Your Name was an Oscar winning film from last year that focused on a Jewish-Italian boy named Elio (played by Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet) as he explored his sexuality and fell in love with a man, 24-year-old graduate student Oliver played by Armie Hammer, for the first time.

Now, fans of the movie can explore the real-life backdrops from scenes in the movie like Milan, Crema, Garda Lake, Verona, Venice, and Bergamo.

Fans will be able to sit at the same table where Elio and Oliver relaxed in Crema’s Duomo Square. They’ll also get to take bicycle tours in the Lodi countryside before dancing to “Love My Way” in Bergamo. Heads up though, you won't be able to visit the villa where Elio's family lived because that building's being sold.

If this all sounds interesting to you, here’s some info you'll need to know before you start planning your tour.

Tour prices start at €1,990 (about $2,300) per person. That price includes 9 days and 8 nights in Italy, hotel stays, car rental for driving around, 8 buffet breakfasts, a guided tour through most of the cities and towns, entrance to museums, entrance to archeological sites, wine tastings, and other accommodations.

If all of this sounds interesting to you, you can click here to start your Call Me By Your Name tour.

h/t: NewNowNext

An Italian Gay Couple Were Told They Couldn't Join A Beach Party Because They're Not A Couple

Two gay couples were denied entry into a beach party because they were gay.

This past Saturday, 37-year-old Guiseppe Pitirollo and 28-year-old Daniele Bauilio were enjoying dinner with friends. While they dined in Bacoli, Italy, they could hear dance music from the nearby beach.

The two sets of couples decided to walk over and see if they could join the festivities but were soon outraged to find that they could not.

Once they’d reached the party at the Lido Turisitco Beach Park, they were told that only straight couples were allowed.

“The guy at the door told us we couldn’t as we were not with women and the event was couples-only," Giuseppe told Gay Star News.

“The bouncer replied a couple is only made of a woman and a man,” Giuseppe claimed.

Then, the owner of the venue joined the argument and denied the couples entry with the excuse that they were drunk.

Giuseppe and Daniele then tried to to prove that they were completely sober to no success. After being denied again, the men left and went to the central police station to report the incident.

“We felt humiliated. They diminished us in front of other people,” lamented Giuseppe. “Seeing our rights being denied in such a blatant way was just shameful.”

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Italy, but civil unions are. The law was passed in 2016, but there’s still some stigma towards gay romance.

News of the situation quickly spread as Italian Senator Monica Cirinnà, who also penned the same-sex union bill, told the Italian news source La Repubblica, ‘If true, this would be a very serious incident.”

The venue then later released a statement saying that the men were using their sexuality to exploit the party and those involved.

“Some exploit their sexual orientation to blame other people. We’re respectful of every choice, but we reserve the right to refuse anyone entry if they’re not in line with our policy of kindness and respect to others,” wrote owner Luciano Santini.

The Vatican Received a 1200-Page Dossier Outing Hypocritical Gay Priests

We have the latest sex scandal to take over the Vatican (that’ll probably be swept under the rug like all the others).

A gay escort working near Naples, Italy has released a list of 34-40 priests and seminarians that he’s had interactions with.

Through a 1,200-page dossier, gay escort Francesco Mangiacapra has tried to accuse the multiple priests of having gay sex (or, at least, attempting to). That said, he wanted to point out that none of the men are pedophiles, just hypocrites.

"We’re talking about sins, not crimes,” as the Associated Press heard from him.

To back up these claims, the dossier contains WhatsApp chats and other evidence.

The evidence seemed so plausible that the archdiocese of Naples eventually sent the dossier over to the Vatican.

As the Associated Press reports:

“In a statement on the diocesan website, Cardinal Cresenzio Sepe said none of the identified priests worked in Naples. But he said he decided to forward the file to the Vatican because ‘there remains the gravity of the cases for which those who have erred must pay the price, and be helped to repent for the harm done.”