If you want to know more about Rome’s sex scene and adult industry, then you’ve come to the right place.
Italy’s capital, and largest, city of Rome is home to almost 3 million people. As the world’s 14th most visited city, Rome also has to accommodate a further 8.8 million guests. One of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, the country works hard to accommodate all of its visitors; including those that enjoy a more adult kind of entertainment.
In this guide, we take a look at the sex industry in Rome; from strip clubs to adult body rub centres to swinger clubs and much more in between. Most venues are popular with the locals but, when in Rome…
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1 Prostitution in Rome
2 Rome Escorts Guide
3 Sex in Rome
3.2 Swinging Clubs
3.2.1 Bad Romance
3.2.2 New Armony Club Prive
3.2.3 Flirt Club
3.2.4 New Luna Club
3.2.5 La Chance Club Prive
3.2.6 Villa Ghibli
3.2.7 Terme Club Prive
3.2.8 Prince Club
3.3 Erotic Massage Parlours
3.4 Strip Clubs
3.4.1 Poppea Club
3.4.2 Elite 2
3.4.3 Blue Night
3.4.4 Club Paradise
3.5 Sex Spas
3.5.1 Olimpo Therme
3.6 Street Prostitutes
3.7 Sex Cinemas
3.7.1 Blue Moon Shows
3.8 Sex Shops
3.8.1 Sex Vending Machines
Prostitution in Rome
Prostitution in Italy is legal though third-party activities relating to the sale of sexual services (such as brothels, pimping or prostitution rings) is not.
Brothels were prohibited in the late 1950s and though many still exist under different guises, you can’t find a traditional running house like you can in other parts of Europe.
Prostitutes (known colloquially by the term ‘lucciole’, or ‘fireflies’) tend to work as independent escorts or privately in rented accommodation. Some work for agencies, take to the streets or even work as dancers in strip clubs and massage parlours. Though the trade in sexual acts in these venues is prohibited it can and does take place. However, you should be aware that the owners of these establishments do not tolerate such activity as it can lead to site closure.
Street prostitution is tolerated as long as no explicit soliciting takes place and is a popular way for locals and tourists to engage the services of a professional.
Migrants to the city who have a valid work or residents permit can perform sexual services.
The cost of hiring a prostitute in Rome varies considerably. Migrant street prostitutes can charge as little as €30 whereas escorts charge an average of €150 per hour.
Rome Escorts Guide
You will find dozens of escort websites serving Rome, including a handful of independent companions with their own web presence. There are also classified directories and personals boards where ads from courtesans can be freely browsed.
However, all of these websites operate in a strictly grey area of the law and we cannot publish links to them on this site.
Sex in Rome
Brothels are illegal in Italy but you may still find yourself in one if you respond to an in-call advertising from some site, particularly classified listings.
These small networks of prostitutes tend to rent premises on a short-term basis and move frequently to avoid detection from the authorities. This kind of operation is not regulated and are not recommended in general.
Swinging is very popular in Italy and you can find clubs around Rome as a single man or as part of a couple. Not all of these clubs are open to the general public though most will permit international visitors; however, you may need to pay a joining membership fee.
Clubs are generally busier on weekends with the action starting after 11.00pm (though most open their doors earlier).
Bad Romance is a members only swinging club open for singles and couples in the Testaccio area of the city. You can gain membership by contacting the owner, Alessia Rossini via the website.
The club is populated mostly by local residents with only one foreign couple per ten being admitted.
Despite being set in a traditional 1900s brick building, the interior is an eclectic mix of ultra-modern facilities and stylish turn-of-the-century elegance. Facilities include plenty of private and public play spaces, a dark dance floor and a medieval style dungeon room.
Entrance includes a free bar with self-service being the order of service. The dress code is encouraged to be classy.
Located in the San Giovanni area of the city, the New Armony Club is a Parisian style club prive that has been running for 15 years.
It’s not the most upmarket of entrances nor the most modern of swinging clubs but the action is almost entirely local, so you are almost guaranteed to be swinging ‘Roman’ style. They are an ASX affiliated club and you will need to enrol before you can play.
Facilities are basic but clean and you can find gloryholes, a disco and bar as well as several play zones.
Flirt is an exclusive and luxurious swingers club located about an hour’s drive north of the city. You can book a guest suite to stay overnight and the travel is worthwhile for the experience alone. Guests who stay over can enjoy the hospitality of the clubs services until 3.00pm the following day. Facilities include the heated indoor naturist swimming pool and full breakfast.
You can book a taxi service from the city for a cost of €60 (per trip).
Membership is a must for all guests and costs €35 for an annual access card. Entrance fees for events vary depending on the day, whether you are a single or couple and your age; guests under 35 pay less than those over 47. Generally, couples can expect to pay around €50 with single men paying €100. Guest rooms cost extra.
The complex is large and includes sumptuous interiors and well appointed play areas for guests to enjoy. In the summer, the venue opens its naturist village where guests can enjoy the expansive and beautiful grounds just as nature intended.
There is a great restaurant on site along with bar and nightclub.
Flirt Club is a really popular spot for international swingers and offers an exceptionally diverting way to spend a day or two in the company of like-minded couples
The club hosts regular events so check the website for details. Regular opening hours are as follows:
Tuesday to Thursday: 11.30am to 7.00pm (social events only)
About 4km to the north east of the city you can find the New Luna swinging club.
Spread over three floors this 1000 sq m venue has a range of facilities to keep guests entertained including:
3 gloryhole rooms
Fantasy Labyrinth room
Two dining areas
Pool and spa
With plenty of private parking, access to the club is discreet and allows for good anonymity. Admission to the club is via membership only and you can make enquiries about how to join by contacting the club’s office using the website.
Situated on the outskirts of the city this Club Prive is a members only venue that welcomes both couples and singles.
Covering 450 sq m, La Chance has several couples’ rooms, a group play area as well as gloryholes, bar, disco and adult cinema. Couples’ rooms may only be used by three (or more) people at a time in private with the door having to be open when used in a pair.
This swinging club is open Thursday to Saturday from 10.30pm to 4.00am (3.00am on Thursdays).
Via delle Orchidee, 10, 04011 La Cogna, Aprilia LT
Situated at the ‘Gate of Rome’, 30km to the east of the city, the Prince Club is an exclusive members only venue. Pre-registration is required for all events and you can contact the venue via the website for more details.
Erotic Massage Parlours
There are some popular salons in the city offers traditional tantra massage as well as some interesting variations including a Geisha and blindfolded experience.
Most salon go out of their way to stipulate that no sexual services are provided, although we’ve heard several reports that this isn’t always the case.
After the closure of the Boite Pigalle nightclub in Downtown Rome, a new entertainment establishment was created in 2006 with the opening of Elite 2 on the same site.
Just a short walk from the Trevi Fountain, this stylishly modern strip club offers plenty of room inside.
Serving cocktails the main bar is well positioned so you don’t miss any action whilst waiting for your drinks or you could enjoy a lap dance in one of the leather silver sofas. Private rooms are available.
The club is open Monday to Saturday from 11.00pm to 4.00am.
Blue Night is located about half an hour’s drive east of the city, just off the SR5 on the way to Tivoli.
A large club with a big bar and regular fanbase, the dancers cavort in an electric and modern setting.
An evening’s entertainment at Blue Night includes feature shows with regular artists as well as guest performers including porn stars. You can also enjoy lap dances whilst you watch the acrobatic and strip tease entertainment.
They hold regular events including the popular Roma Sex festival where many international stars perform.
A kind of swinging club, this sex spa celebrates liberal minded love between singles and couples in this elegant and erotic bath house.
With a mix of dry and wet space to play in, this is one of four venues run by the same company around Italy.
Entrance is via membership, so you will need to contact the club if you wish to attend. Also, be aware that some nights are couples only.
The spa is open daily from 3.30pm to 1.00am.
Street prostitution in Rome is a very popular way of picking up a prostitute for locals and tourists and the city caters well for the high demand. It should be noted that it is legal to procure sex off the streets but that it is illegal for women to solicit. It is also illegal to have sex in public so picking up a street prostitute should include a budget for room hire (she may have an apartment). Many hotels take a dim view of street prostitutes and sex in your car is likely to land you in hot water.
Though largely tolerated by the authorities, many of the residents of Rome are not so liberal and would prefer to see street prostitution either prohibited or regulated in certain areas.
Despite the high demand for sex on the streets there is no official red light district in the city.
Originally a traditional cinema the Blue Moon Shows has been open since the 1970s though changed to its current format in 1985. Offering burlesque and variety performances with featured artists (including porn stars), the shows are still performed in a cinema stage setting.
When events aren’t being run on the stage, the cinema reverts to showing hardcore porn and you can often enjoy full 360 degree entertainment!
The bar serves cocktails as well as other alcoholic and soft beverages.
Blue Moon Shows is open Monday to Sunday from 4.00pm to 3.00am.
There are dozens of sex shops in the city of Rome and you can find the usual range of erotica in most including bedroom accessories, lingerie, DVDs, magazines and novelty items. We’ve picked the best in our selection below:
Zhou Zhou, Vicolo della Cancelleria, 9, 00186 Rome
Roma Sexy, Viale Giustiniano Imperatore, 179, 00145 Rome
Sex Vending Machines
If you require immediate access to some naughty goods then you can find sex vending machines around the city that stock a basic range of essentials including dildos, porn, vibrators and condoms. Some popular 24 hour automatic sex stores include Sex is Now at various locations and Il Vizietto (8 locations around Rome).
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