ManAboutWorld Photos Du Jour: Sardinia’s Stunning Beaches

9 11 2015

Sardinia' stunning beaches and more in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

This past summer, ManAboutWorld correspondent, David Alport visited the Mediterranean island of Sardinia with his boyfriend and a few gay friends. They packed the gay (since there’s not much of a scene there) but they did discover Sardinia’s gorgeous beaches, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality.

  1. Why  Sardinia?

Sardinia rose to the top of my list because my good friend Simone grew up there and offered to host six of us at his family’s home. I was also excited to see a less touristy part of Italy, where we had a better chance of soaking up a real slice of Italian life. Oh, and finally there was the call of Sardinia’s famous turquoise blue sea and spectacular beaches … it was hard to argue with that.

2. Who did you travel with?

I always say that the single most important factor in a travel experience is who you go with. For this trip, I went with my partner Jake and two other couples, both of whom I adore. Needless to say, we had a blast. Because Sardinia is a pretty low-key place, I suggest traveling there with friends rather than solo.

3. What is Sardinia’s the gay community like?

There are gay people everywhere, of course, but Sardinia is not about the gay scene. Costa Smeralda is by far the most international spot, but it doesn’t have much of a gay vibe. Down in Cagliari, the island’s capital and biggest city, there is a vibrant street scene at night, and some bars where gays are more likely to gather. But there are not really any gay bars here. The Sardinians, like most Italians, are a bit more closed about their gayness.

4. What surprised you most about Sardinia?

Sardinia is a very simple island. While boasting many of Italy’s assets — great food, physical beauty, amazing shoreline — its charms are more subtle than the rest of Italy’s. Visiting Sardinia is about slowing down and relaxing. Tourist life is entirely focused on the beach, and if you don’t truly enjoy beach-going, Sardinia is not for you. I was a bit surprised by how provincial the island felt, which was actually a wonderful discovery. The one exception to this is on the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) on the northeast corner of the island, where the richest of the world’s rich bring their yachts and fabulosity. A couple days is all you need here, but if you want to experience the lifestyles of the rich, do put it on your list.Sardinian Beach Scene in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

5. Favorite moment was…

Every day held the same favorite moment: Arriving on a new beach that was even more spectacular than the one before it. Sardinia will simply floor you with the beauty of its coastline.

6. Best time to go to Sardinia

Summer is when you want to be in Sardinia. May, early June and September are the perfect months because it is a bit cooler, but I personally love a hot day, which it is throughout the peak summer months of July and August.

7. Gay factor

As I mentioned, it’s very low. But you will not feel uncomfortable.

Al fresco dining in Sardinia, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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ManAboutWorld visits Emilia-Romagna

26 08 2015
A beautiful street in Bologna, (Emilia-Romagna) Italy, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Una bella strada di Bologna in Italia

ManAboutWorld’s Kenny Porpora is exploring Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Among the locale’s he’s check out are Bologna and Parma. So, you can probably guess the region of Emilia-Romagna is a good place for foodies and a bad place for dieters! It’s also beautiful and made for Instagrams as you can see in the picture he posted today. To follow more of his exploration check back here or visit our Facebook page.

Porpora will report on his research in an upcoming issue (subscribe now via the links below) but our friends at Purple Roofs list a few gay marketed properties in the region.

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Gayography Brief: Your Global LGBT Travel News Update

18 06 2015

beautiful Capri island, ItalyThis column is brought to you by Ashton Giese, ManAboutWorld correspondent and editor of the GAYography newsbrief.

Crazy news from Lithuania where the military is alleged to be (gay) testing conscripts by asking if they “like picking flowers” or “worked in the floral industry” to determine grounds for military dismissal! Maybe next year EuroPride will need to move to beautiful Vilnius where I am coming from today writing this week’s brief. I’ll be in Riga, Latvia for EuroPride 2015 until Tuesday.

Also check out coolest new blogs on Saigon, Vietnam & Tulum, Mexico — and see how pride expanded in Athens, Greece! If you’re in NYC for Pride next week be sure to check out the NYC Center’s events!

Finally, join Oscar Wilde Tours’ Italy trip and get a $400 discount!

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Tour of the Week: VentureOut’s Medieval Hilltowns of Italy

29 01 2012

San Francisco-based gay tour operator VentureOut has been offering small guided gay group tours since 1998. This week they announced a price reduction. Yes you read that right. They’re passing along to you savings from a softening of the value of the euro. Here are details from the company:

The U.S. dollar has been gaining in value against the Euro in recent weeks, and as a result we’re able to offer a price reduction of $250 per person / $500 per couple on our tantalizing program in central Italy in September. (Click on their website for details.)

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visits to local artisans’ workshops
  • A fun cooking session and wine tasting at a beautiful winery
  • Stunning medieval hilltowns like Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, Spello
  • Delicious and memorable meals, including good wines
  • Convenience of staying in one deluxe hotel for five nights




Tours of the Week: VentureOut’s “Cats, Convents, and Casbahs”

18 11 2011

Don't mess with her calf!

Here are three alliterative tours offered by the fabulous folks at VentureOut in 2012. There’s even a deal on “Cats” (African safari, not the show!), so click away and start your joyful journey.








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