XXL teams up with Italy Summer Pride

This Saturday (24 Jun) the team from XXL are celebrating their partnership with Italy Gay Travels, the organisers of Italy Summer Pride which takes place in September. We spoke to Sergio Scardia from Italy Gay Travels about this fantastic event and working with XXL.

Hi Sergio, we are very excited about Italy Gay Summer Pride, can you tell us more?

We are very excited too. Italy Gay Summer Pride will take place from the 21st to the 24th September 2017 in Gallipoli, a beautiful beach area in Puglia, the heel of Italy.

Can you describe the resort of Gallipoli? 

The bay of Gallipoli is a port town which has charming alleyways that intertwine with little pockets of history everywhere you look. On both sides of the old town you have long stretches of amazing coastline with white Caribbean like sandy beaches. It is no surprise that it is known as the gay Ibiza of Italy. Inland the new town has all the shopping, restaurants and gay bars you’d expect. Gallipoli offers visitors the opportunity to explore history, culture, good food and wine, relaxing beach time and of course partying with the local talent.

What are some of the highlights of Pride?

On the main three days of our long weekend, our guests will enjoy five parties in the best locations you can think of. We have partnered with one of the most exclusive beach clubs in the world, Samsara, right on the bay of Gallipoli. Italy Gay Summer Pride guests will have exclusive access to its VIP area. Samsara Beach Club will be the stage of the daily afternoon parties and the explosive closing party on Sunday 24th September. You will enjoy the best music until the sun sets over the sea and a show not to be missed. On the Friday night our Open Air Summer Party will take place at the Mine Vaganti farmstead. On Saturday night the Italy Gay Summer Pride Official Party will take place at the biggest gay club in Southern Italy, the Picador Village.

Boyz readers can book everything through Italy Gay Travels, what do the packages include? 

The packages, starting from as little as €299 per person in shared accommodation in our 3 star partner hotel Bellavista Club for 4 nights, are almost all inclusive. They include accommodation, a hearty breakfast, welcome aperitif, VIP access to Samsara beach club all day long, entry to all the parties, some free drinks, two meals and of course a lot of fun.

What else do you guys offer? 

Italy Gay Travels offers the best gay travel experiences in Italy. We specialise in one of the most beautiful regions of Southern Italy, Puglia. This region is without doubt the sunniest and most lively part of Italy, famous for its food, beaches and friendly locals. For the upcoming months we have planned a one week long bike tour around Lecce and Gallipoli, a yoga retreat near the white town of Ostuni and the very sought after food and wine tour. For the latter we have a very special guest who will join us in discovering the best culinary experiences that Puglia offers: the Bear Naked Chef, the best known gay Italian chef in the world. We also create bespoke tours for small to medium sized groups in the best areas of Italy, off the beaten tracks.

Can you tell us about working with the team from XXL? 

We are very thrilled to have found such an exceptional partner for our first event. XXL is a very well known brand worldwide and we are happy they decided to support our venture. The best beats at the official party will be brought by XXL; the DJ name is still a secret, but we will announce it shortly. Stay tuned.

Is there anything else we need to know? 

Yes, it is Pride month and to celebrate it in style we are happy to offer 10% discount to Boyz readers for any of the tours by using the code PRIDE when booking their dream holiday in Italy with us. For any other information please follow us on Facebook and Instagram search for Italygaypride or send us an email to And remember, Italians do it Better!

XXL at Pulse, 1 Invicta Plaza, Blackfriars Bridge Road, SE1.

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