As the temperatures soar, even if you can’t get out of the city to the beach, there are plenty of opportunities in Milan to relax at a pool close to home or work, some of them open at night, others with aperitivo areas, most of them with courses of swimming or diving lessons.
Milan’s city hall has traditionally played a leading role in promoting and maintaining swimming pools, and currently operates 21 spread across the city boroughs. The full entry price for a whole day is €7 (€8 on weekends) – no increase over the 2017 price – and with several reductions available for families and children.
Some municipal pools close for part of the July-August period, but here are seven which remain open from 10.00 to 19.00, even during the holidays.
ArgelatiVia Segantini, 6 (closed Tuesdays) has two large pools set in a park, with solarium, snack-bar and disabled access.
LidoVia Diomede, 2 (closed Mondays) has a large pool, tennis courts, kids’ play area, mini-golf, beach-volley, sunbathing area and gym.
Romanoin Via Ampère,20 (closed Wednesdays) has a 4,000 sqm pool set in a park, with solarium and snack-bar. Disabled access.
Scarioniin Via Valfurva,9 (closed Thursdays) has three open-air pools, including one reserved for beginners and another selected for the 2007 Euro-league water-polo finals.
Indoor, 50-mt. pools
Cardellinoin Via del Cardellino,3 (closed Tuesdays) is set in a park, has an ample car-park, and offers courses from baby to pensioner age-groups.
Sant'Abbondioin Via Sant’Abbondio,12 (closed Wednesdays) has a solarium and offers courses of swimming, fitness and pilates.
Sainiin Via Corelli,136 (closed Mondays) is set in Milan’s largest sport area, with tennis, football, rugby, baseball and rollerblade facilities.
There are also several privately-operated pools, where the entry price can be considerably higher. Some of the more popular include:
Ceresio 7in Via Ceresio 7 is an elegant rooftop pool with cocktail bar and restaurant; open to adults only, the number of guests is limited.
Le Roveddinegolf club in Via Carlo Marx 16, Opera, has an elegant pool open to club members, but also to anyone taking golf lessons.
Bagni Misteriosiin Via Botta 18 have a restaurant and bar, soft background music and two open-air pools, one reserved for children.
Green Villagejust outside Milan at Via De Amicis 6 in Buccinasco, has a pool in its 45-hectare sport area, and is open every day of the week.
Idroscalothe former seaplane base near Linate airport. The artificial lake, over 2.5 km long, offers water-skiing, canoeing, sailing and water-sport events. The Idroscalo is also managed by city hall, which in cooperation with a sponsorship partner is investing almost €2m in maintenance and improvements to the amenities over the next three years.