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Much of the nightlife in summer takes place in satellite villages, particularly along the coast. Unless specifically stated, hours can be irregular; check before heading to one of the hotspots, especially those out of town.

In Syracuse itself, you can visit La Nottola, Via Gargallo 61 (tel. 0931-60009; www.lanottolaricevimenti.it), on a small street near Via Maestranza. This stylish jazz club/piano bar/disco attracts a well-dressed younger crowd.

Syracuse has a number of worthy bars and cafes, including Bar Bonomo, Corso Gelone 48 (tel. 0931-67845), which is more of a bar/bakery. Its gelato is some of the best in town. The spacious Bar del Ponte, Piazza Pancali (tel. 0931-64312), is near Syracuse's most famous fountain and serves all kinds of drinks, snacks, and excellent gelato. Tables overflow onto the square in fair weather. Also in the vicinity of the fountain is the fashionable bar Lungo la Notte, Lungomare Alfeo 22 (tel. 0931-64200), open only at night. The panoramic setting overlooking the harbor attracts a young clientele.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.