LGBTQ-Friendly Destinations In Undiscovered Italy
To Italy lovers, Rome is viewed the most romantic city in Europe –sorry Paris! Amid passionate residents, spectacular natural beauty, great food, and flowing wine, Italy inspires love for all couples. No wonder with all of the intimate hideaways, the Romance Tourism sector in Italy generated over 400 million euro in 2015 alone.
After recognizing the lack of resources for the LGBTQ community when it comes to wedding planning, honeymoons and romantic getaways, two Italy exclusive travel companies, La Dolce Via Travel , an International Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association member (IGLTA) and Divertimento Group, a designer of alternative Italian travel options are launching numerous initiatives to fill the gap.
Owners Rosanne Cofoid and Lesley Pritikin work with local Italian residents in some off-the-beaten track, super-romantic towns to create experiences in undiscovered areas. Clients receive a culturally rich experience like no other, walking amongst locals and living life to the fullest – Italian style. Each travel adventure is specific to a client’s vision, from tiny secluded gems in fairy-tale towns, to sprawling olive and lemon groves in rural areas, to southern Italy’s “Sassi” of Matera, prehistoric dwellings that are perfect for dramatically beautiful and luxurious “cave weddings.” From every angle, La Dolce Via Travel and Divertimento Group are dedicated to providing the optimal Italy experience.
Above all, these travel companies advocate for the LGBTQ community to travel to destinations where diversity is appreciated and sincerely welcomed, not just accepted. As these two women dive into a “STOP Overtourism Movement” that encourages travelers to explore lesser known destinations, they know the LGBTQ community will appreciate the authenticity of their alternative approach to traveling.