Florence’s Best Open Air Swimming Pools
Posted by Mikolaj (27/11/2015)
Nothing says luxury when you are on holiday like relaxing in a truly great pool under the sun. Fortunately, Tuscany has a number of really spectacular open air pools to choose from, meaning you are spoiled for choice. Florence in particular has a great variety of these pools, making it the ideal city for those looking to spend some time splashing about in the sun. Here are three of our favourites which are all open to the public from early June to mid-September.
Located near the Artemio Franchi Stadium in the centre of Florence, Piscina Comunale Costoli is the biggest and best known of the city’s pools. It has two outdoor pools, one Olympic-sized and perfect for serious swimmers, the other smaller and best suited to families and more casual swimmers. The complex also contains a bar/restaurant where you can grab a coffee and a bite to eat and outside there is a large grassed area perfect for picnics.
Entrance to Costoli will cost you €7 (€5 for concessions, kids 6 and under go free) making it pretty good value for money. The pool is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm (except Thursdays when it stays open until 8pm) and on Mondays from 2pm-6pm.
A short walk from the city centre, La Pavoniere is a popular pool located within the beautiful Parco delle Cascine. The pool is open to the public but you do have to pay and at around 10 Euros per person (depending on which days you go and what time) it’s not the cheapest. However, the setting is wonderful and there is a bar serving drinks and food to help you make a day of it.
The pool is open every day from 10am-7pm and between Wednesday and Sunday is also opens for evening swimming between 8-12pm.
Piscina Goffredo Nannini sits beside the River Arno that runs through the centre of Florence opposite Parco delle Cascine. It also offers both an Olympic-sized pool and a smaller pool, making it suitable for a wide range of users. There is a restaurant onsite and a large lawn at the front with both shaded and sunny areas where you can enjoy some food and work on your tan or take a break from the hot sunshine.
Entry will cost you €7 (€5 for concessions) and the pool is open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm while on weekends you can visit from 9am-7pm.