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Italian Style Meets LGBT Tourism in New Free Travel App

David Perry

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Ciao! San Francesco! Hello San Francisco!

Italian Style Meets LGBT Tourism in New Free Travel App

WIMBIFY Creators Will be @ SF Pride Fair: Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26
Launch Party at San Francisco’s Catch: Tuesday, June 21, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

21 June 2016 – San Francisco / Milan: In a world without borders we still need friends. Meet WIMBIFY — the best place online for saavy and friendly members of the LGBT community to meet other like-minded travel companions. To whit: WIMBIFY’s creative team will be in San Francisco for Pride Week, hosting a launch party on Tuesday, June 21, 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Catch (Castro & Market) and in their WIMBIFY branded booth during the weekend Pride Festival at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza (June 25 & 26).


RSVP is required for the June 21 launch event. Those members of the press or blogosphere interested in attending, please email

“Wimbify is designed for the gay globetrotter,” said Alessio Virgili, WIMBIFY CEO and co-founder. “Traveling alone can sometimes be lonely and more expensive. WIMBIFY is a safe community where LGBT people can meet travel companions. You can ask for a lift or meet a local for a more personalized and friendly travel experience.”

“WIMBIFY stands for ‘Welcome to my back yard,’” explains co-founder Andrea Cosimi. “The concept behind the application is based in the increasingly popular philosophy of the sharing economy.”

Designed for both iOS and Android platforms, WIMBIFY is a free app, and has been developed specifically for the international LGBT community.

Specifically, WIMBIFY is designed to:
• Find LGBT hospitality and gay friendly accommodations.
• Check and post reviews of travel hosts and homeowners.
• Find gay guides to help you “live like a local.”
• Search for travel companions or shared transportation cost opportunities.

“Wimbify is a way for people to share unique travel experiences and destinations, ” said Virgili. “It allows people to host others for free by using the WIMBIFY app. This isn’t about renting rooms or paying to use someone’s flat. It’s about meeting people for friendship and sharing resources. It’s about connection and safety. What better way for a member of the LGBT community to feel safe and secure in a foreign country than with a local member of that LGBT community as their guide. ”

Founded by Virgili and Cosimi, Sonders & Beach is already an established leader in European LGBT travel and tourism with well known brands such as Quiiky (the first Italian LGBT tour operator and developer of the “Untold History” tours including the renowned "Vatican in a Gay Light" tour of the Vatican Museum, MiTown (a leisure website for visitors to Milan), and QMagazine (an international biannual publication of LGBT culture and tourism).

“According to recent studies, 53 % of LGBT people travel and live alone,” said Virgili. “WIMBLIFY is a free, easy and convenient way to find travel companions, low price or even free accommodations and to take advantage of discounts specific to the LGBT community.”

“Frankly,” laughs Cosimi. “We designed WIMBIFY for people just like us.”