Rome’s hot summers sometimes make only one thought possible: I need to cool off in some water! And if you don’t want to make the trip to the beach, then you might want to try a dive into one of Rome’s outdoor swimming pools. The pools are scattered around the city, though the more central they are, the pricier the cost of admission, which covers a whole day. Spending the day at the pool is also a great activity to do with your kids, especially considering they are admitted at a discounted price.
Cavalieri Hilton (Monte Mario)
This large hotel on the top of Monte Mario has an outdoor swimming pool where visitors can go and spend the afternoon. The hotel commands a stunning position overlooking Rome, and so while you’re getting there, expect to be blown away by the views. From Monday to Friday the price of admission is €45 and on Saturday, Sunday and holidays this jumps up to €85 for the day.
Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101
Tel: 06 3509 2950
If you’re looking for a pool and a little something extra to keep you and your kids busy, consider going to Hydromania, Rome’s nearest water park. With lots of swimming pools—such as wading pools and wave pools and normal pools—this water park will guarantee to keep your kids happy and cool. There are also water slides and other water rides for the older kiddies, and even the adults too. To get there, take the Metro A (direction Battistini) to Cornelia, then take the 906 bus. Entrance price for adults is €19 and for kids it’s €14. The park is open from 9:30am to 6:30pm on weekdays and to 7:00pm on weekends.
Vicolo del Casale Lumbroso, 200
Tel: 06 66 183 183
Piscina Belle Arti (Flaminia)
A short ride on the number 2 tram from Piazza del Popolo, this pool is near enough to the city center to get there but just far away to keep out the crowds and keep the price down. And until the beginning of September it’s one of the best pools in Rome to stay cool at. It also the cheapest pool around, at €12 during the week (€8 for kids) and €15 during the weekend for the whole day. The swimming pool at Belle Arti also offers a family packet for €32, which pays for 2 adults and 2 kids. What a deal! The pool is open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Via Flaminia, 158
Tel: 06 322 6529
Piscina delle Rose (EUR)
Easily reached from Rome’s city center by the blue, B line metro, the Piscina delle Rose swimming pool is Olympic sized and one of the best in town to spend a day at—for both location and price and size. Get off the metro at EUR Palasport and walk the short distance to the pool. The price of €16 for the day (10am–10pm, Monday to Friday; 9am–7pm weekends and holidays) includes a sunbed and an umbrella. There is a discounted price if you arrive after 1:00pm.
Viale America, 18/20
Tel: 06 5422 0333
The Radisson (Esquilino)
Located right next to Termini Station, the pool on the rooftop of the Radisson Hotel is one of the most well known in the city. If you like a view and a drink with a dip in cool water, then this is the place for you. Entrance is €45 for adults Monday to Friday, and €55 for Saturday and Sunday. This pool is the best option for you if you don’t want to travel far for your swim.
Via Filippo Turati, 171
Tel: 06 444 841