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Florence: Where to be seen

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  • If you want to sample Florence high life, you must dress to impress
  • The cocktail scene is somewhat sparse: head to the terrace of the Continentale
  • Most of the clubs draw a happy student crowd; cafe society is more laid back
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(CNN) -- Florence's beautiful people dress up in their designer clothes to adorn Capocaccia (Lungarno Corsini 12-14) for preprandial posing and delicious aperitivos. Perched atop the Otel Ristotheatre, Terrazza Martini (Viale Generale Dalla Chiesa) is another early-evening hotspot.

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If you're planning on hitting Florence's hotspots, you'll need to dress to impress ...

Florence may not have a thriving cocktail scene, but one famous family addressing the sparsity of martinis is the Ferragamos. Their Gallery Hotel Art by the Ponte Vecchio is quiet, sleek and stylish -- perfect for a discreet drink. Or head to its sister hotel, the Continentale, and sip a cocktail from the roof terrace while the sun sets.

Laid-back local hipsters hang out at Bar Kitsch, a step away from the center next to Piazza Beccaria. Bar-of-the-moment Mojo is easy to spot: the crowds spill out onto the street outside. The Otel Ristotheatre (Viale Generale Dalla Chiesa) draws the cabaret crowd -- show up early for dinner and the dancing girls, then watch as the venue magically transforms into a club.

Later on, the large garden of the three-floored Central Park (Parco delle Cascine) is the place to be in summer, while Yab (Via Sassetti 5r), although generally packed with American students, plays mean hip-hop and R&B on Mondays.

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