Once the sun goes down in Florence, the city’s Renaissance charm really shines; daytrippers depart and locals head out for an aperitivo, dinner, concert, or evening passeggiata (stroll). Here’s how to experience the best of Florentine nightlife.
Wine Tastings and Aperitivo Experiences
Florence is in the heart of Tuscany, one of Italy’s most prolific wine-producing regions. A wine tasting tour is the perfect way to combine the city’s culinary culture with its nightlife, and sample regional labels in some of the top wine bars in Florence. Alternatively, get an insider’s look at the trendy side of Florence during an aperitivo tour, which typically reveal fashionable cafés and bars during the Italian version of happy hour.
Florence by Night Tours
Take in top Florence sights without the distraction of crowds on a night tour. Marvel at the dramatically-illuminated Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and Ponte Vecchio on a walking, Segway, or e-bike tour, which tend to stop in Piazzale Michelangelo for panoramic city views. Skip the hassle of following a map and instead explore the city with a guide to learn about its history and architecture, and get insider tips on where to go for dinner afterward.
Dinner on the Town
Florentines don’t tend to dine until late evening, so you can kick off your night with a wine tasting or night tour and still have time to linger over a Tuscan meal. Sit down for a Renaissance-style meal accompanied by traditional music, or connect with a Florentine host and master classic Italian recipes during a home dining experience.
Opera in Surprising Places
Florence is home to several historic churches that have been converted into concert venues, which makes for soaring acoustics and architectural grandeur. Whether you’re an opera expert or a newbie, you can enjoy the most famous arias performed on any evening of the week. Book your ticket in advance for a performance in order to avoid disappointment.