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LGBT travel: Capitalizing on film location as a tour

Positive feedback on the Oscar-winning film "Call me by Your Name” by the first Italian LGBT travel tour operator. We are making this newsworthy article available to our readers adding a paywall.

LGBT travel: Capitalizing on film location as a tour

Positive feedback is flowing in for the tourist itinerary based on the Oscar-winning film “Call me by Your Name” by the first Italian LGBT travel tour operator specialized in gay and lesbian themes.

“Call me by Your Name has earned a place among the many literary and film masterpieces celebrating the gay lifestyle,” said Alessio Virgili, CEO of Sonders and Beach Group, the parent company of Quiiky Tours. “Our tour offers a unique opportunity for all the fans to relive some of the most exciting scenes in the film, in the exact place where they were filmed.”

The tour includes an itinerary of 8 nights that lead to visit the iconic Italian locations of the film, including Milan, Crema, Lake Garda, Bergamo with extension to Verona and Venice.

In addition to visiting many of the film’s locations, the itinerary takes guests on foot excursions to explore the fascinating stories behind historical figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, the author Thomas Mann, and the architectural masterpieces found in cities like Milan “the fashion capital” in the world.

The key points of the tour include a stay at the gay-friendly Aqualux hotel in Bardolino, on Lake Garda, where guests can take advantage of the hotel’s wellness center and take part in a unique wine tasting at the famous Amarone cellars.

In the city of Crema, an important part of the film set, guests can visit the locations of some of the crucial scenes of the film, such as Piazza del Duomo, where the protagonists, Elio and Oliver, are seated at a table in the bar.

Guests have the opportunity to sit at the same table to fully enjoy the scene. The itinerary also includes a bicycle tour through the provinces of Crema and Lodi, as well as a cooking class for the preparation of tortelli (meat filled pasta) Cremaschi, a traditional dish of the city.

In Verona, extension of the tour, guests have the opportunity to participate in events such as the Arena Opera Festival or at the Teatro Filarmonico. The itinerary includes a visit to the Grotte di Catullo and continues to Bergamo, where the main characters of the film dance to the rhythm of the 80s pop hit, “Love my Way”.

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