Casa del Vino is situated close to the central market and is a classic old-style enoteca (wine bar), all polished wood and Chianti tipples. Choose from a selection of panini or get a plate of snacks to allow you to try more than one glass of excellent plonk.
The city’s well-heeled foreign students, who come to study Italian and art history, fuel the nightlife in Florence. Old World meets New World, as gangs of silver-tongued Romeos gather to admire leggy American blondes.
The city boasts flexible licensing hours - some pubs stay open until 0100 or even 0300. The most bohemian area is the Oltrarno, south of the river. Elsewhere, nightlife is concentrated around Piazza della Signoria, home of more sedate venues. The city’s main nightclubs close in the summer and head to the beach instead, but summer-only clubs spring up in their place.
It seems that Florence could never lose her reputation as a city of culture. Visitors should keep an eye open for one-off recitations played in churches and piazzas around the city. The entertainment publication Firenze Spettacolo (www.firenzespettacolo.it) provides listings on entertainment in the city. Box Office Toscana (Tel: +39 55 210804; www.boxofficetoscana.it) sells most other tickets.