Florence Nightlife

Nightlife in Florence is fuelled by the city's well-heeled foreign students who come to study Italian and art history. 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.

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 Nuovo, Via Luigi Alamanni (tel: (055) 210 804), Via Porta Rossa 82r (tel: (055) 219 402), or Viale Giannotti 13r (tel: (055) 680 362) sells most other tickets.

Bars in Florence

Casa del Vino

This place is situated close to the central market and is a classic old-style enoteca (wine bar), all polished wood and tipples of Chianti.

Address:
Via del Ariento 16R, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 215 609.
La Dolce Vita

South of the river, long-time favourite La Dolce Vita retains its chic crown and is popular with students, who spill out onto the piazza.

Address:
Piazza del Carmine, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 284 595.
Le Volpi and L' Uve

For a glimpse of an authentic Italian watering hole, wend your way to Le Volpi and L' Uve to sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. The owners, Riccardo and Emilio, can advise a plate of salami and cheese to accompany your choice of wine, and there's a pretty terrace.

Address:
Piazza de'Rossi 1, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 239 8132.
Negroni

Negroni invented every Italian clubbers' favourite drink back in the 1920s (gin, Campari and red Martini), and attracts an up-for-it 30-something crowd to its sleek, contemporary.interior for a dash of sophisticated nightlife in Florence.

Address:
Via dei Renai 17r, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 243 647.
Noir

Set by the river, this watering hole has a baroque-black interior, and its clientele spill out onto the riverbank for amazing sunsets over the Arno. A good spot for an apertivo.

Address:
Lungarno Corsini 12-14r, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 210 751.

Clubs in Florence

Central Park

On the outskirts of Florence in Parco delle Cascine is Florence's superclub, with different floors offering changing vibes, from electronica to disco, and two outdoor dancefloors. It mainly attracts Florence's gilded youth. Transport can be difficult for those without a car.

Address:
Via Fosso Macinante, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 359 942.
Meccano

This place is self-consciously stylish, and huge, with four indoor and outdoor dancefloors and six bars. The club regularly hosts theme nights too, so don't forget your fancy dress costume.

Address:
Viale degli Olmi 1, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 331 371.
Montecarla

Close to the Boboli gardens, Montecarla is all boudoir decadence and leopardskin seats. Its exotic decor attracts a loyal following. Be prepared to be impressed.

Address:
Via de' Bardi 2, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 234 0259.
Tenax

This club in the Peretola district is a hip house club, favoured by a younger crowd, and has some great live concerts.

Address:
Via Pratese, Peretola district, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 632 958.

Live Music in Florence

Be Bop

Florence does not have a great deal of choice when it comes to live music but you can hear some good sounds at Be Bop, a much-loved retro cocktail bar specialising in live jazz, cover bands and funk.

Address:
Via dei Servi 76, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 295 230.
Girasol Latin Bar

Near the Fortezza is the red-hued Girasol Latin Bar, which has everything from Brazilian to Cuban beats.

Address:
Via del Romito 1, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 474 948.

Opera in Florence

Teatro della Pergola

Chamber music can be heard most weekends at the Teatro della Pergola, an ornate 17th-century theatre that also stages classical concerts and opera.

Address:
Via della Pergola, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 226 4353.

Dance in Florence

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

If you want to see ballet, particularly during the Maggio Fiorentino festival, which is held at various venues throughout the year, you can get information and tickets from the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Address:
Corso Italia 16, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 277 9350 or 427 5367.

Theatre in Florence

Teatro Puccini

Try this city theatre for a variety of performances from opera to new plays.

Address:
Via delle Cascine, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 362 067.
Teatro Verdi

This is one of two chief venues for drama in Florence. Most performances are conducted in Italian, so a good understanding of the language is vital. Performances are typically productions of classic Italian dramas or foreign plays in translation, interspersed with the occasional contemporary production. Regular ballet performances also take place here.

Address:
Via Ghibellina 99, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 212 320.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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