The most beautiful swimming pools in Florence
The corners of blue not to be missed in the city
Dive into the blue with a view of Brunelleschi's dome, or immerse yourself in ancient parks. In Florence, even a day by the pool takes on the value of something truly special.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Borgo Pinti, 99
ph. +39 055 2626450
A historical palace designed at the end of the 15th century and a former 17th-century convent commissioned by the family of Baron Luigi Del Nero, with inside a church with a cross-vaulted ceiling frescoed with a marvellous starry sky and a park, the famous Giardino della Gherardesca, guardian of centuries-old plants and ancient statues, known as early as the 15th century as one of the most beautiful in Florence. An urban resort in the heart of the city centre, the flagship of one of the most important companies in the world of haute hôtellerie. Inside is the Il Palagio restaurant, with the new executive chef Paolo Lavezzini, as well as the elegant Atrium Bar and, in fine weather, the Trattoria al Fresco and the La Magnolia gastrobar. Not to be missed is the famous brunch, which involves the entire ground floor of the hotel, including the kitchen, open for the occasion to all diners, who in this way can see the chefs at work. Also immersed in the park is the exclusive Spa. At the moment, the hotel's swimming pool is also accessible to outside guests who book a spa treatment, subject to availability.
Viale Machiavelli, 18
ph. +39 055 228790
Villa Cora stands in a centuries-old park overlooking the Boboli Gardens, in the hills just outside the historical centre of Florence. An aristocratic residence built at the end of the 19th century by architect Pietro Comparini, characterised by the great decorative eclecticism typical of the time. Inaugurated during Florence as capital of the Kingdom of Italy, over time it became one of the major social and cultural symbols of Florence, hosting international personalities. It became an exclusive Grand Hotel in the late 1960s and since 2016 has been part of the prestigious collection of The Leading Hotels of the World. The Le Bistrot Restaurant, the sumptuous Le Bar Long, the Santa Garden Cocktail Club and the elegant Spa are available to guests and non-hotel guests alike. While the swimming pool is reserved for hotel guests to allow ample space and maximum privacy.
Belmond Villa San Michele
Via Doccia, 4 - Fiesole
ph. +39 055 567 8200
A former medieval monastery, nestled in the hills of Fiesole, surrounded by terraced gardens and breathtaking views of Florence and the Chianti region. The façade dates back to the 15th century and is attributed to none other than the great Michelangelo. A fabulous hotel with 45 rooms and suites. The La Loggia restaurant serves authentic Tuscan flavours, which can be enjoyed on the panoramic terrace in fine weather. The swimming pool is only open to hotel guests.
Villa La Massa
Via della Massa, 24 - Candeli
ph. +39 055 62611
Overlooking the Arno River, with an unforgettable view of the Chianti hills, immersed in a ten-hectare park that is an oasis of peace and privacy, Villa La Massa is the right place to enjoy all the beauty of your Tuscan summer, pampered by the marvellous services on offer, including a fabulous heated swimming pool.
Glance Hotel In Florence
Via Nazionale, 23
ph. +39 055 290082
The aesthetic amazement that one feels at the Florence Glance Hotel reaches its peak on the sixth floor of the building, on the large panoramic terrace that opens the view to the striking Florence skyline. An essential and refined contemporary design environment, where the large heated swimming pool stands out, available to hotel guests from 15 May to 15 October, 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Between swims, it will be pleasant to enjoy a cool drink by the pool, cuddled by the view of the city's rooftops. To offer refreshing moments, the pool bar is open during daytime hours throughout the summer, ready to transform into a lounge bar at aperitif time.
Relais Villa Olmo
Via Imprunetana per Tavarnuzze 19 - Impruneta (FI)
ph. +39 055 2311311
By the pool among the olive trees. Just 20 minutes from Florence on the Impruneta hill stands Relais Villa Olmo, an exquisite Boutique Hotel with twelve elegant units including villas with private pool, suites and rooms. The Relais has a panoramic swimming pool for all guests as well as the Diadema Wine Bar & Restaurant, overlooking the olive grove and the entire Tuscan countryside. It is the perfect place to cool off on hot days, but also to enjoy the dishes on the special "pool menu", or the "surprise tastings" prepared by the chef and his brigade, such as freshly baked Tuscan schiacciata or a fresh fruit salad, until enjoying an aperitif in front of the sunset. The swimming pool is also open to the outdoors, and from Monday to Friday it costs €65 (choice of two courses and dessert), while for dinner it costs €90 per person (starter, first course, main course and dessert); and for the weekend it costs €90 for both lunch and dinner. They do not take reservations well in advance, but only the morning or at the latest the evening before.
The Social Hub (ex The Student Hotel)
Viale Spartaco Lavagnini, 70
ph. +39 055 0621855
In a historical building dating back to 1864, known as the Sleep Palace or the Railway Palace, the famous chain already known throughout Europe (present in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Maastricht, Paris, Rotterdam...) re-proposes the already successful format of the other Student Hotels: not just a hotel but a hybrid place, mixing co-living and co-working. Inside, the style is eclectic and colourful, somewhere between a pop and industrial mood. 22,000 square metres and 390 rooms organised in different types, from rooms to mini-apartments. The gem is the rooftop with a dome view (accessible to all) with a swimming pool - exclusively reserved for hotel guests - where it is possible to enjoy an aperitif with noodles and snacks at sunset.
Grand Hotel Minerva
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 16
ph. +39 055 27230
4-star, first class, located in the historic city centre. A boutique hotel with 97 rooms and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with wooden floors, soft-coloured walls and works of art by contemporary artists selected from the most important art galleries in Florence and Pietrasanta. Breathtaking views from the terrace, with a pool heated to 28°C accessible from April to October for hotel guests, while the poolside cocktail bar opens to all from May to September from 7.30 pm.
Sina Villa Medici
Via Il Prato, 42
ph. +39 055 277171
After months of renovation, the prestigious 5-star hotel Sina Villa Medici is shining new. In keeping with its charm and history, the building has attracted and continues to host many illustrious personalities over the years. On the ground floor, the lobby, gallery and lounge bar have been enriched with modern antiques, including beautiful photographs depicting Caterina de' Medici and details from the Uffizi Gallery, created especially for the Sina Villa Medici by artist Marco Lanza. The setting of the hotel remains the incomparable green oasis open also to outside guests with its garden hosting Harry's Bar The Garden and the swimming pool, even though it is located in the centre of Florence. The swimming pool is reserved for hotel guests.