Florence Pools Post-Lockdown, Summer 2020

The Le Pavoniere pool

For pool scene during summer 2020, the most obvious new rule to comply with, will of course be the continuation of social distancing, in all facilities at all times. In swimming pools, guests will be asked to keep a distance of at least one meter – 3.2 ft. (except for members of the same household). A distance of at least a meter-and-a-half (5 ft.) will have to be observed by those using deckchairs, while equipment around swimming pools will have to be disinfected after use by each customer.

Disinfectant gels will also be made readily available and using them will be encouraged, while thermal scanners may also be used to measure guests’ body temperature, with data recorded and stored for 14 days.

The following is a guide to Florence’s public pools post-lockdown.

Costoli

Piazza Enrico Berlinguer, 2. Open Mon: 2 to 6 pm; Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 10 am to 6 pm; Sat, Sun: 10 am to 7 pm. Adult tickets: €8 (€9 on holidays). Reduced tickets: €5.50 (€6 on holidays). Afternoon tickets (from 3 pm onwards): €5. 10-entrance pass: €60. Sunbed rental: €3.

The Costoli swimming complex has reopened to the public for swimming in compliance with all safety provisions and containment rules in accordance swimming pool use regulation. Characterized by crystal blue water, the Costoli facility has three pools: an Olympic sized pool, one for diving and a shallow pool for children. There is open space for tanning and socially-distanced games. Outside food and drink is allowed off the pool deck. The pools are spacious and are not overly crowded even on the busiest days. Access can be gained through the free online booking and any entrances without reservation will only be possible if any places are left. The entrance ticket will be paid directly at the pool, and valid photo ID is required. A swimming cap is also required for entrance; they can be purchased at the entrance for €2. Ticket offices close an hour earlier before closing times.

Le Pavoniere

Viale della Catena, 2, Cascine Park. Open Mon-Fri: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm. Sat, Sun, holidays: 9 am – 7:30 pm. Free swimming from Mon-Fri 8:30 – 9:30 am or 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Depending on the time and hour, prices vary from €6 and 11. Children up to 3 years old in addition to the disabled have free entry. A free-swimming monthly subscription including Uisp card is €60. New aqua fitness class from Mon, Wed, Fri from 1:15 – 2 pm and 7:35  – 8:35 pm for €3.

A multifaceted venue among the trees of the Cascine Park, the Le Pavoniere is open every day for the summer. A mask is mandatory in closed spaces as well as the sanitization of hands at the entrance of the facility and frequently while there. Attendants must respect the safety distances; 3.28 ft. between persons and 4.92 ft. between beds. A form is also required to be filled out. A shower is required before entering the pool. It is forbidden to move the beds from their positions to ensure the distance is kept. The changing rooms are also not usable at this time so arrive wearing your swimsuit under your clothing. A swim cap is also mandatory. Reservations are not mandatory as it is possible to book tickets online by midnight the previous day. Book your tickets online here.

Bellariva

Lungarno Aldo Moro, 6.  Open Mon-Fri: 10 am to 6 pm; Sat., Sun: 9:30 am to 7 pm. Booking is required by calling 055-626-6007. Adult tickets: €7 (€8 on Sat. & holidays). reduced tickets: €5 (€6 on Sat. & holidays), afternoon tickets (from 3 pm onwards): €4.50 (€5 on Sat & holidays), 10-entrance pass: €60. Sunbed rental: €3.

This pool complex is off of the highway SS67 which has a sidewalk to walk on to reach the entrance. There is no ID required to get in and the facility comprising a big lawn containing the two pools. There is an Olympic-size pool and a children’s pool. A shower is mandatory before swimming, so be prepared to use the open team style showers.  Bellariva is a good option for those familiar with Italian but could be a task for solo travellers. A swim cap is required for entry and you must book before going by calling 055-626-6007.

Piscina Poggetto-Flog

Via Michele Mercanti 24. Open Mon-Sun: 10 am to 2:30 pm. Full tickets: €8 (€10 on Sat, Sun & holidays), reduced tickets: €6 for students up to 26 years & seniors over 65, children from 3 to 12 years (€8 on Sat, Sun & holidays). Afternoon tickets (from 2:50 pm onwards): €6 (€10 on Sat & holidays). Reduced afternoon tickets: €5 (€8 on Sat, Sun & holidays). 10-entrance pass: €65 (€75 on Sat, Sun & holidays). Reduced 10-entrance pass: €50 (€60 on Sat, Sun & holidays). Weekday relax pass: €45. Children up to 3 years old get free admission. Sunbed: €4. Lounger: €3. Deckchair: €2. Headset €3.

Right along the #20 bus route, the street address is actually its entrance. There is a smaller pool with a single all-purpose pool with classic shallow and deep ends and has a relaxed environment. The required spacing and safety measures means there is a reduced number of people allowed in the pool at the same time; 35 people is the maximum allowed at one time. Beds have fixed positions and cannot be moved by users. The beds will be sanitized from time to time and personal towels cannot be laid down on chairs. A photo ID is not required but if for a student discount, an ID is necessary.  (lauren polanski)