Florence can get pretty warm during the summer as it sits on a flat valley along the Arno River. Hills surround the city and usually one heads that way to get some refreshment from the warm weather... or toward the Tuscan sea coast to enjoy a day in the sun and in the refreshing sea.
If you can’t get away, we can offer the next best thing: the top pools just outside the city center that allow entrance by the day (no need for membership fees) to cool off during the warm summer months!
The pool called Le Pavoniere is immersed in the largest park of the city, the Cascine Park, which runs along the Arno river to the west of the city center. It looks like a swimming pool within a hotel rather than a city one since the location is enriched by an ancient villa, a poolside bar, restaurant and pizzeria. There is also a smaller pool perfect for children while in the evening Le Pavoniere turns into a disco!
An entire day costs 8 euro during the weekdays and 10 euros on the weekends (€6/8 for kids 4-11). The pool is open Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm, while from Wednesday to Sunday is open also at night from 8pm to midnight (stillto confirm for 2016).
How to get there: from Santa Maria Novella Station, take the tram in the direction to "Villa Costanza" and get off at stop "Cascine", or take the bus n°17 in direction "Verga 02" and get off at stop "Kennedy".
Via della Catena 2, Cascine Park, Florence, 334 5210999 - Website
The Piscina Comunale Costoli is the biggest and best equipped pool center in Florence. It has two outdoor pools, an Olympic sized one as well as a smaller one perfect for children as well as adults (plus a diving pool). The complex is located near the Artemio Franchi Stadium and next to the Mandela Forum, and is surrounded by a large lawn with lots of trees where you can lay down in the shade or grab some sunshine if you’re building up your tan. You’ll find space even during the most crowded hours of the day!
Within the complex, you’ll also find a bar where you can buy panini, snacks, ice cream and much more. If you can plan ahead, we actually recommend packing a picnic to enjoy in the shaded park area and staying the entire day.
Entrance costs € 8 for adults and € 5.50 reduced during the week, 6€ in the weekend (kids 7-14 years old and over 65), €5 if you enter after 3pm. You can also buy a pass for 10 entries for just € 60 (valid weekdays only). Free entrance for kids under 6 years if accompanied by paying adult (max 2 kids per adult). During the summer, the pool is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (except on Thursdays and Saturdays when it is open until 8pm) while on Monday it opens at 2 pm and closes at 6 pm.
How to get there: from the main station Santa Maria Novella, take bus n° 17 in the direction "Verga 02", and get off at stop "Mille 09". Other buses that stop nearby: 10 and 20.
Viale Pasquale Paoli, Florence, 055/6236027 - Will remain open until August 30th, 2015. Website.
Bellariva / Nannini
The Bellariva pool, whose official name is Goffredo Nannini Communal Pool (useful to know since this is what is written outside over the entrance gate), is set along the “Lungarno” of Florence east of the city center (thus opposite to the Cascine park), and offers a suggestive location as well as a large lawn perfect for those who are seeking some shade in addition to refreshment from the warm summer sun! There is also an Olympic size pool here as well as a children’s sized pool, very popular during the summer! Within the pool complex, you will find a restaurant where to eat freshly prepared dishes.
Entrance costs € 7 from Monday to Friday, €8 on weekend and € 5 reduced. Free entry for kids until 6 years old. The pool is open from Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Saturday from 10:00 am to and Sunday from 930 am to 7 pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is also open from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm (still to confirm for 2016).
How to get there: from Santa Maria Novella Station, take the bus n°14 in the direction "Ripa" and get off at stop "Aretina 02".
Lungarno Aldo Moro 6, Florence, 055/6266007 - firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Keep in mind that all of these pools are open to the public during the summer, generally starting in late May or early June. During the rest of the year, the pools are open only to those enrolled in classes or paying membership fees to use the pools for lap swimming. The information provided above is for the SUMMER period, with all of the pools generally staying open to the public up until either the start or middle of September.