Italy has been experiencing an early start to summer this year. It has been hot, so here are some nice options to cool off when ya just can no longer take the heat.
Rome and its elusive swimming pools. Rome is a though city to find pools which is interesting to me given the their obsessive history with running water and public baths. An example of this is the pool by the Tiber river. The city opened up a pool right along the river a few years back, but it does not seem to be there anymore. Same story for other locations around the city. There are other options such at the ancient terme in Tivoli or a new water park about 30 miles outside the city, but these places have been very disappointing. Not too many fab options in the eternal city for a cool down. Below are a few sure things, but expect to pay a pretty penny to take a dip in the Roman waters.
1. Radisson Blu
This rooftop pool is located near the Termini train station. It is actually in the Radisson hotel and can be accessed even if you are not a guest of the hotel. The entrance fee during the week is 45 Euro and 55 Euro during the weekend – for both adults and children.
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2. Piscina delle Rose
One affordable option is the community pool located in EUR. This is relatively central, but is in the “new” part of the city built by Mussolini, so don’t expect to find quaint and charming streets. However, do expect to find lots of Roman families and lots of action. The cost is 16 Euro per day and 14 Euro for a half day. Children 6-10 pay 10 Euro per day and 9 Euro per half day. Children 10 years and younger are free with entering with two paying adults.
Via Filippo Turati 171
Cavalieri’s is not in the center of town, but that is a good thing, because the sweeping views of the city make the trip getting there worth it. They have three outdoor pools and a children’s pool along with bar service. Monday – Friday 45 Euro for adults and 35 EUro for children. Weekends and holidays 85 Euro for adults and 45 Euro for children.
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1. Le Pavoniere
Le Pavoniere can be found in the city park, The Cascine. The setting is beautiful – surrounded by gardens, cafes and even a villa. The cost is 8 Euro during the week and 10 Euro on weekends. On Sunday and Thursday, in addition to normal opening hours (10AM to 7PM), the pool is open from 9PM – midnight.
Via della Catena 2, Cascine Park
2. Klab Marignolle
Klab Marignolle is about 3 miles outside of Florence, but feels more like 50 miles as the setting is classically Tuscan. You can reach this pool by taking the city bus 6 from the Duomo and walking another 15 minutes. The cost is 50 Euro for adults and 15 Euro for children.
Via del Ferrone 5
1. Cersio 7
Rooftop swimming in style at Cersio 7. Fab views, refreshing pool – what more could you need? But know that those views are gonna come with a price: 110 Euro per person. Open Mon – Sun from 10AM to 5:30PM.
Via Ceresio 7, Milan
tel: 02 310 392 21
1. Lido Villa Olmo
Head on over Villa Olmo this swimming pool is located directly on Lake Como. Yes, two pools, a sandy area, a picnic area, a pizzeria, a bar and views of the lake and the Alps. Could life get any better? Wait, yes it could! Because directly behind the pool is the impressive neoclassical Villa Olmo which is now owned by he city of Como and often hosts art exhibits. So you can also squeeze some culture into your day by the pool. Prices range from 5 Euro to 22 Euro depending on arrival time and activities desired. Note that rental of lounge chairs and umbrellas are at an additional cost. Open every day from 9AM to 7PM
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*note that many Italian pools require you wear a swimming cap! No cap? No swim!