Gay Italy: A Feast for the Senses
“My husband and I highly recommend experiencing Italy in the company of friendly gay folk, especially when escorted by a distinguished gay history scholar! We were very happy with the food, the hotels, and the local guides. Every day was such a feast for the senses and we learned so much from the incomparable Andrew Lear, that we are already looking forward to our next journey with Oscar Wilde Tours.”
Tour of The Met
“My co-workers and I attended the tour of The Met. I was very happy with the tour and found it to be quite informative. Professor Lear was very knowledgeable about the history of gay and lesbian art and conveyed that knowledge in a fun and interesting way. I would definitely recommend this tour to a friend.”
- Aaron R.
Gay Secrets of the Met Tour
“This two-hour tour of gay art and artists was a complete delight. Prof. Lear is a very knowledgeable and personable guide. The focus was on European art from the Ancients to the Moderns (with a brief detour to New Guinea). Prof. Lear shed new light on the often-overlooked gay subtext of paintings and sculptures, and offered valuable insights into the lives and loves of gay and lesbian artists. Highly recommended!”
Fun Morning at the Met!
“Witty, funny, thought-provoking. Prof Lear should speak louder, however. I love alot of his insights and the fact that he included Non-European cultures. Great fun!”
What a blast!
“The tour of the Met was amazing! Prof. Lear is quite knowledgable about gay and lesbian history in art and presented the information in an enthusiastic and interesting manner. Forget about a dry, watered down tour... this was real and I felt much more connected to the art and artistes than I ever have on any other tour. Bravo, what a great idea! Highly recommended.”
- Adam K.
Fabulous! Merely FABULOUS!
“Fascinating, and I learned a lot without even trying. Professor Lear is not only knowledgeable, but entertaining--and makes history seem like the telling of gossip!”
- Tip M
Gay History tour of the Met Museum, NYC
“Phenomenal, loads of interesting new information and a wonderful guide. He left little to be desired and provided both an historical and anecdotal overview that was highly communicative and even entertaining.”
A "Gay" Time at the Met
“For anyone who has ever wondered about the presence of gay art is through the ages.. from the homo- suggestive sculptures of ancient Greece through Picasso's Gertrude Stein...with a stopover in New Guinea and a visit with Michael Rockefeller...this tour is for you. Dr. Lear is a well educated, well traveled historian whose insight makes the 2 hour tour wiz by.”
- Bill G.
My favorite trip through Met ever!
“I have been an on-again-off-again patron of the Met since I was very young. However, I have never felt as informed, energized, and enthusiastic about art as I did when I participated in the Gay Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum tour with Professor Lear. Wow! Professor Lear is a bit of a character with an overall sunny disposition and an indisputably shining passion for art. His knowledge about the history of homosexuality and of art in general is quite vast, and his entertaining yet thorough explanations make each stop on the tour such a delight. He was very open to questions, comments, and playful back-and-forths with the people in the tour group, which added a much-welcomed sense of community and casualness. I learned so much and couldn't have been happier with my experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”
- David T.
Shady Ladies Tour
“Once Andrew Lear begins his Shady Ladies At The Met tour, it quickly becomes clear not only how knowledgable he is about his subject, but also how much he enjoys giving these tours and sharing what he knows. He discusses paintings, sculptures and pottery in the Met's great collection, from an unusual point of view. It is a pleasure to listen, look and learn.”
- Charis Clift
A Fabulous Tour of Gay Greece!
“This was a great tour, and above all, a really informative one. I had visited many of the sights before, but this time Professor Lear—a well-known Classical scholar and expert on gay history—provided a level of historical background and aesthetic commentary that I had never experienced before. The historical sweep of the tour—from Bronze Age Mycenae to Hellenistic times, with Athens’ Golden Age along the way—brought home the longevity as well as the magnificence of the ancient Greeks’ achievement. I highly recommend it, for first time or repeat visitors!”
- Richard Schneider
"Gay Greece" 2016
“I personally find the "Gay Greece" tour adventurous, enjoyable and memorable. Professor Lear had kept our attention and interest continuously throughout the tour by his research of historical evidence (further backed up by numerous museum artifacts in front of our very eyes - astounding!). Food served, of various restaurants assigned throughout the tour, was indeed gourmet.”
- Mike C, Vancouver Canada
“Our tour of Gay Italy with Andrew Lear was a highlight of our month-long trip to that country. We learned quite a lot, not only about homoerotic themes and art by gay artists in ancient and relatively modern times, but also about interpreting and understanding what we were looking at, which helped tremendously as we visited museums and archaeological sites during the rest of our trip. Dr. Lear was attentive to our needs both prior to and during our tour, ensuring it was accessible and a positive experience. Lodging and food - oh, the food! - was first class and then some. We definitely will consider taking another Wilde tour in the future.”
- Rob Roth
Fantastic Tour of Greece
“My husband Kim & I went on the Oscar Wilde Tour of Greece, with the eminent Prof. Andrew Lear as tour leader. It was one of the best trips we have ever taken. Prof. Lear is knowledgable, personable, and funny, and his explanations cover a wide range of topics, including things that get left out in most tours. We visited many sites and saw many fascinating things, including the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, where the oracle gave her prophecies more than 2500 years ago (and which I've been reading about since I was six), and the ancient Antikythera Mechanism at the National Archeological Museum in Athens (a touchstone for us because we're computer geeks). Heartily recommended!”
- Bennet Marks
“I had the pleasure of going on the tour of Greece with Professor Andrew Lear. I rate the tour at an 11 (on a 1-10 scale). Greece is a beautiful country and there is so much history. It was great to learn so much in a relatively short period of time! I especially enjoyed Olympia where the actual Olympics began. The trip would not have been complete without going to the island of Mykonos. A little commercialized, but a must see. Another island we visited was Delos, which is considered to be the best preserved ancient Greek town. The accommodations were perfect. One night we stayed on the outskirts of a city with indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The next night we stayed right on the main thoroughfare in a quaint city. Thanks for a wonderful tour, Professor Lear. I look forward to traveling again with Oscar Wilde Tours.”
- Ted Higginson
Gay Italy History Tour
“This tour was a unique way to experience this wonderful country. While visiting the fascinating and well known sites in Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, and Paestum, I learned interesting additional history with a gay twist. The group of men in the tour were very friendly. Professor Lear was a delightful and informative guide.”
- Michael Watkins
Gay Italy—a dream come true
“The Gay Italy trip was a dream come true. It was a lifelong goal. Every new city, every museum, every experience, every meal was so well planned and just perfect. The added bonus was how friendly the entire group was and how well we bonded. This introvert was especially impressed. Andrew, I sing the praises of your expertise and Oscar Wilde Tours. Looking forward to your future tours.”
- Daniel Roemmelt
A totally enjoyable Italian adventure
“Gay Italy was a totally enjoyable Italian adventure. I can't explain how special it was not only as a fantastic vacation, but an informative exploration of our gay history. I hope I can join you on another adventure soon. You are the perfect, charming host. Wish you the best and thanks for offering a unique, wonderful life experience. In the vernacular, yo go girl!”
- Ed Musselman