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Italian clubs are rather cliquey -- people usually go in groups to hang out and dance only with one another. There's plenty of flesh showing, but no meat market. Singles hoping to find random dance partners will often be disappointed.

Live Music -- Florence's best jazz venue is the aptly-titled Jazz Club, Via Nuova de' Caccini 3 (tel. 055-247-9700; www.jazzclubfirenze.com). You need to join, online or at the venue, which costs 8€ for the year and entitles you to free entry to all concerts. It's closed Sunday, Monday, and all summer. The forthcoming program is posted on their website. New kid on the block is Volume, Piazza Santo Spirito 5r (tel. 055-2381-460; www.volume.fi.it), which opened in 2010; it's an artsy cafe cum creperie cum gelateria by day, with contemporary art hanging on the walls. When night falls, Left Bank revelers stop in for cocktails (around 6€), followed by live acoustic music 4 or 5 nights a week (Thursday night is a blues jam).

Dance Bars & Nightclubs -- Any guide to nightclubbing should come with a health warning: What's hot (and what's not) can change from month to month. If you're clubbing at the cutting edge, we suggest you check the websites for Zero (http://firenze.zero.eu) and Firenze Spettacolo (www.firenzespettacolo.it).

It's not exactly cutting edge, but the most centrally located nightclub is Yab, Via Sassetti 5r (tel. 055-215-160; www.yab.it), just behind the post office on Piazza della Repubblica. This dance club for 20-somethings is a perennial favorite, an archetypal 1980s disco complete with velvet rope, bouncers, and eclectic, upbeat music policy.

Much more fashionable is Dolce Vita, Piazza del Carmine (tel. 055-284-595; www.dolcevitaflorence.com), still going strong after 3 decades leading Florence's nightlife scene, and, these days attracting clued-up 30-somethings who have grown up with the city's iconic DJ bar.

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.