Rome can get fiercely hot in summer, and kids really need some respite from the city chaos with some well-deserved splish-splash.
If you’re visiting Rome, and the children need a break between sightseeing monuments; or whether you’re residing in the Eternal City and looking for a swimming day, here are a few among the best swimming pools in Rome.
Acquaniene (Parioli) Via della Moschea, 130 – Tel. 068084059
Gorgeous olympic-size outdoor pool in newly built sports facility, with huge parking lot, and winter swimming classes in the indoor pool. Open daily 10:30Am to 6:30PM. Entrance fee weekdays €15; weekends €20, includes sun beds and umbrellas.
Centro Sportivo Villa Flaminia (Flaminio) Via Donatello 20 – Tel. 063216484. Immense sports facility with indoor and outdoor pools, fitness and swimming classes, day camp activities, courses and club house benefits, plus large guarded parking lot.
Radisson SAS Hotel (Esquilino) Via Filippo Turati 171 – Tel. 06444841. Rooftop outdoor swimming pool with a special section for children. The restaurant also offers elegant poolside dining. Entrance fee: Adults €45 Mon-Fri, €55 Sat-Sun / Children 50% discount. Open daily 9AM to 7PM.
Aldrovandi Palace (Parioli) Via Ulisse Aldrovandi 15 – Tel. 063223993. Small, select city-center boutique hotel, offers a sophisticated, outdoor swimming pool, shaded by palms and canvas umbrellas. Arrive early since space is limited around this mostly grown-up pool. Pricey entrance fees €40 per child, €80 per adult. Open Mon-Sun 10AM – 6:30PM.
Nuoto Belle Arti (Flaminio) at Circolo Sportivo Ministero Infrastrutture e Trasporti, on Lungotevere G. A. Thaon di Revel, 3 – Tel. 063241710. The sports club offers a very pleasant swimming pool for adults and children alike. Entrance fee: €20. Open Mon-Sun 8AM to 8PM.
Piscina Crawl 2000 (Prati Fiscali) Via del Gran Paradiso, 93 – Tel. 0687193752 – Indoor facility that organizes day camp activities, swimming classes and playtime. Open weekdays and Saturday 7:40AM to 11PM; Sunday 10AM to 1PM
Piscina delle Rose (EUR) Viale America 18/20 – Tel. 0654220333. Large olympic-size outdoor pool that offers swimming and canoeing lessons, and where loungers and folding beach chairs can be rented for €3 and €5 plus an entrance fee of €16 for the whole day, or €14 from 1PM to closing time. Open weekdays 10AM – 10PM; weekends 9AM – 7PM
Isola Verde (Casalpalocco/Ostia) Via di Casalpalocco 89 – Tel. 3931209894 Facility which offers an outdoor Olympic and two swimming pools for children, lined with palm trees and shady canvas parasols. Offers swimming, aqua-gym and water polo classes, plus beach-volley, ping-pong, and foosball. Open daily 9:30AM to 7PM.
Sport City (Spinaceto/Mostacciano) Via Alvaro del Portillo – Tel. 065061995. Spacious outdoor pool where entrance is free, and you can rent a sun bed for €3 and an umbrella for €2. Fun day camp activities for kids ages 4 to 12. Open weekdays 9:30AM – 7:30PM
Centro Sportivo Nadir (Balduina) Via Francesco Bonfiglio, 62 – Tel. 063013340. Beautiful 25-meter pool surrounded by lush grassy lawns and trees. Entrance fees: Mon-Sat €10; Sun. €12 plus sun bed rental €4; folding beach chairs €2,50. Open Mon-Sat 10Am to 5PM. Sunday 10Am to 6PM. Closes 2 weeks in August.
Mallia Sporting Club (Balduina) Via Pantaleone Rapino, 18 – Tel. 0635346493. Outdoor 25-meter pool, with a surrounding expansive sports club. PADI diving certification classes. Open daily 9Am to 6PM (weekdays) and 9AM to 7PM weekends. Fees: Mon-Fri €14 whole day, €10 half day; weekends €15 whole day, €12 half day; plus sun bed rental €5.
New Green Hill (Bufalotta) Via della Bufallotta, 663 – Tel. 0687133810. Chairs and umbrellas are free, while sun beds can be rented for €4. Entrance fee weekdays €10 for the full day; €7 if you arrive after 1PM; weekends €8 whole day; €6 after 1PM. Open daily 9:30AM – 6:30PM
Circolo Valentini (Bufalotta) Via della Marcigliana 597 – Tel. 0687120207. Fiendly, family-run sports club that boasts a large outdoor swimming pool for children and adults. Entrance fees: weekdays €10 all day; €7 half-day; Sat-Sun €13 all day; €9 half day. Open weekdays 9AM to 7PM.
Monteverde Club (Monteverde) Via Santorre di Santarosa, 68 – Tel. 0655285662
Tennis club and spa that offers all manner of classes and water sports, like hydro-bike, aqua-gym, pre-natal swimming, acqua-Pilates and infant swimming for children between 6mo and 3Y. Beds and umbrellas are free; entrance fee: €10 the full day, €8 from 3:30PM; €5 from 1 to 3PM; Sunday €15. Open daily from 7AM to 11PM – Closed the week of Ferragosto (middle of the month).
Ede Nuoto Club Lanciani (Tiburtino) Via di Pietralata, 135 – Tel. 064181401
Gorgeous pool located in a lush tennis club, which offers lessons, free swimming and children’s summer camp activities. Loungers and umbrellas are free, sun beds for rent. Entrance fee: weekdays €10 for the full day; €8 half day. Weekends €14 all day: €10 half day. Open weekdays 9:30AM – 6:30PM / weekends 9AM – 7PM
H20 Fitness Center Via del Pigneto 108 (Pigneto) Tel. 062753877 A professional swimming pool which offers a great variety of water activities for babies aged 12 to 36 months, children and adults, including free swimming, aqua-gym and hydrobike classes. Free parking and Wi-Fi complete the scene. Open weekdays 8Am to 10:30PM; Sat 9Am to 8PM; Sun 10AM to 2PM.
If the kids get particularly ansty, why not head over to Hydromania? Located on Via Casal Lumbroso 33 in the Aurelio neighborhood; Tel. 0666183183, this is a water park that offers water slides, wave machines, outdoor pools (also one for younger kids), tropical thatched roof bars, shops and a mini-club. Entrance fees: Adults €19, children €14, half-day €14/€12. Open Mon-Sun 9:30AM – 6:30PM.
Another one of Rome’s acqua parks is Zoomarine in Pomezia, where besides dolphin shows, falconry, water slides and roller coasters, there is also a wave pool with sandy shores and floating rafts. Via Zara (Pomezia) – Tel. 06915341 – Admission fees: Adults €27; under 10 and over 65 years €20; kids under 3ft are admitted free. Open daily in summer 10AM to 7PM.