Whether your internal temperature gauge is set to Fahrenheit or Celsius, as the mercury level climbs there is only so much a gelato can do. So do as the Italians do and head to the water. With over 40 pools in Florence it makes for a quick fix from the heat. They are all fairly easy to get to and relatively inexpensive. A quick run down of a few.
The biggest and most impressive of the bunch is the Costoli Pool, located near Campo Di Marte stadium. There are three pools you can chose from, a 50 meter swimming pool, a 25 meter shallow pool suitable for children and a 25 meter diving pool, complete with two platform dives. For seven euro you can enjoy all three pools for the entire day. The water temperature is a perfect 80 degrees F and there is also a café plus a surrounding lawn with plenty of shade, perfect for a post pool nap. Luckily it’s a fairly big facility with plenty of space, which is good because it does get crowded, imagine the Ponte Vecchio on a Saturday in July, but poolside and everyone in bikinis. It’s open all year and a membership is required in the winter. Piscina Costoli, Viale Pasquale Paoli, Florence Tel: 055-623.6027. There is plenty of parking if you drive or bus 10, 17 or 20 towards the stadium as it’s right across the street. Entrance: 7 euro for adults and 6 for kids. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10-6pm
Another great pool for kids is the Nannini Bellariva located right along the Arno. It’s in a park like setting with a perfect, mini-infinity pool for the little ones and a 50 meter swimming pool for those without water wings. There are two lap lanes with ropes set up all summer long, so if you are looking to work off some of that pasta this is your place. For everyone else there is a roof top restaurant, complete with mist cooling system a la Vegas and menu with plenty of different options to chose from. Lungarno Aldo Moro 6, Florence, 055-677-521 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055-677-521 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Entrance: 7 euro for adults and 5 for kids. Easy to drive, parking is plentiful, or take bus 14. Open from Tuesday-Sunday 10-6pm
Hands down the most charming of the bunch, but the most difficult to find is the Parco Piscina Le Pavoniere. It’s in the middle of one Florence’s largest parks, the Parco delle Cascine and looks like an Italian villa. Here you will find an extra large kidney shaped pool and an adjacent smaller pool for the bambini. Lounge chairs are plentiful and the vibe feels more chic hotel than public pool. Only in Italy will you find a public pool complete with a poolside bar, pizzeria and restaurant. After the sun sets and water wings are deflated, the DJ’s arrive and Le Pavoniere morphs into a club. Le Pavoniere, via della Catena 2, Parco delle Cascine, Florence, 055/333979 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055/333979 end_of_the_skype_highlighting; 055/367506 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055/367506 end_of_the_skype_highlighting; for dinner reservations: 333/1297725 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 333/1297725 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Drive, as parking is plentiful or take bus 17C. Adults 8 euro, bambini 6.
Hotels in Florence
Hotel Ungherese - Florence
Average Price of a Double Room: € 38
Guest Rating: 8
Hotel Della Robbia - Florence
Average Price of a Double Room: € 75
Guest Rating: 8.3
Best Western Hotel Villa Gabriele D’Annunzio, Florence
Average Price of a Double Room: € 79
Guest Rating: 8.7
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