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One of the most popular nightlife areas in Florence is the Santa Croce neighborhood, where Via de’ Benci, in particular, is packed with bars and clubs filled with young people and expats. Piazza Santo Spirito, located across the river, is also quite lively, especially during the summer.
While there are some late-night dance clubs scattered across the city, you’ll notice that locals aren’t necessarily big on clubbing long into the night. Instead, our Forbes Travel Guide editors note that the typical local’s night out starts slowly with aperitivo, the northern Italian tradition of having a few nibbles and a glass of wine before dinner. After dinner, Florentines who want to stay out tend to gravitate towards cocktail lounges; only a few — usually the younger set — will move on to clubs.