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LEGAL TIPS AND HOMOPHOBIA


Even if Italy isn't the most tolerant country regarding same-sex couples, due to the hard influence of the Vatican, it has grown to accept homosexuality, especially over the past few decades. Homosexuality is legal since 1889, and the age of consent is 16. It is of course forbidden to have sex in public, and even hard petting can be badly considered by officials in some cases.

No law has been passed to recognized same-sex couple, but in some towns there are registered civil partnerships that give no special right to the couple.


Notwithstanding, Italy remains a favorite romantic destination for gay women and men. It is rather common to see openly gay couples walking down the streets in big cities like Rome, Milan, Florence, though university cities like Pisa also take gayness in stride. But be careful, in smaller towns it can be more dangerous to be too jaunty in public venues.


Following an internet research made in may 2004 (“Goletta gay”, over 9.000 responders), this chart should give an idea of the level of homophobia in the italian cities

HOMOPHOBIA
LEVEL I (LOW)
LEVEL II
LEVEL III
LEVEL IV
LEVEL V
LEVEL VI (HIGH)
Bologna
Bolzano
Firenze
Forlì
Grosseto
Milano
Modena
Parma
Pavia
Pesaro and Urbino
Piacenza
Pisa
Prato
Reggio Emilia
Trieste
Brescia
Como
Genova
Gorizia
Novara
Padova
Perugia
Ravenna
Rimini
Roma
Savona
Siena
Terni
Torino
Trento
Venezia
Verbania
Alessandria
Aosta
Asti
Bergamo
Biella
Caltanissetta
Campobasso
Cuneo
Enna
Ferrara
Imperia
Isernia
Lecco
Sondrio
Treviso
Udine
Varese
Vicenza
Ancona
Arezzo
Bari
Cagliari
Catania
Cremona
Latina
Lecce
Mantova
Pescara
Pistoia
Rieti
Salerno
Teramo
Vercelli
Verona
Viterbo
Avellino
Benevento
Brindisi
Caserta
Chieti
Cosenza
Frosinone
La Spezia
L'Aquila
Lucca
Macerata
Messina
Napoli
Nuoro
Oristano
Pordenone
Taranto
Agrigento
Ascoli Piceno
Belluno
Catanzaro
Crotone
Foggia
Livorno
Lodi
Massa Carrara
Matera
Palermo
Potenza
Ragusa
Reggio Calabria
Rovigo
Sassari
Siracusa
Trapani
Vibo Valentia

 

 
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