The heat wave has arrived in Florence. If you are planning your trip for this time of the year, I must warn you of the heat index plus the humidity that usually makes traveling around Florence brutal. There isn’t the sea nearby either to help you cool off. The next best thing is visiting the public pools. There are many public pools in Florence that you can choose from. Here are some the best ones to take in the sun.
Le Pavoniere– It is one of the cities best kept secrets. Le Pavoniere doubles as a pool during the day and a cocktail bar at night. The pool is set in the middle of Le Cascine park near the Arno river. The pool is open from 10am-7:30pm every day. In the evening the pool is open from 7:30pm-1:30am, the pool turns into a locale that consists of a poolside bar, pizzeria, DJ, live music, art exhibitions among many other things. The entrance to the pool is curbside on Viale degli Olmi. Entrance to the pool during the week is €7.00 and on the weekends €8.00. The evenings are free to enter. Via della Catena 2, Cascine Park 055/362233
The Flog– Flog is located in Poggetto zone. The pool is usually for members only but once summer hits anyone is welcome to enter. There are aqua lessons available as well as swimming lessons for the kids. I suggest renting a lounge chair and relaxing, breathing in the Tuscan air. For more information about Flog swimming pool call 055/477978, www.flog.it. Via Michele Mercati 24/B. You can reach it by taking bus number 4.
Costoli Pool–This is one of the most popular pools in Florence. With it’s three swimming pools, one Olympic-size, one with diving board and one for the kiddies. There are some vendors selling snacks and sandwiches under the trees. The downsize to this pool is that tons of people flock to this very spot each and every day. If you don’t mind children screaming and crowded pools, if only to get out of the heat for a bit, this pool is for you. Located right next to the Campo di Marte stadium on Viale Paoli you can reach it with bus number 10, 055/6236027
Nannini Bellariva–Located along the Arno river, it is open to the public all summer long daily from 10am-6pm. It’s green grounds gives you a nice breeze off the Arno. The lounge chairs are plentiful and plenty of room to relax under the sunshine. There is a rooftop terrace restaurant that serves fresh summer delights. Like Costoli, it has an Olympic-size pool plus a kiddies pool. To contact Nannini Bellariva 055/677521, Lungarno Aldo Moro 6.