Save Our Summer: Piscina FLOG Poggetto

With temperatures hovering at 100° F during the daytime, dive into coolness at one of Florence’s public pools.  Here is part 3 of a series; click to read Part 1 and Part 2 of the Save Our Summer pool series.

Located at Via Michele Mercati, 24 in Florence, Piscina FLOG Poggetto stands as a testament to the resilience of the people of Florence. Established on September 19, 1945, by the Fondazione Lavoratori Officine Galileo, or FLOG, the aquatic complex was born out of the Florentine peoples’ desire to rebuild and rejuvenate the city of Florence in the aftermath of war. 

At its inception, FLOG focused on providing recreational activities for its battered community. Its first milestone was the construction of the Poggetto swimming pool, created by converting a WW2 periscope testing plant tank into Florence’s first outdoor public swimming pool. Alongside the pool, a tennis court was also established, creating a hub for sports enthusiasts and those seeking a mental and physical escape following the war. Today, the Piscina FLOG Poggetto continues to thrive, nearly 78 years later, as a local’s go-to destination for daily poolside activities and events. It is accessible via Tram Stop Poggetto or Bus 20.

Recently renovated to adopt a modern style, Piscina FLOG Poggetto’s all-purpose pool is transformed into a contemporary infinity pool complete with classic shallow and deep depths. A fence now separates the gravel lounge area from the pool as well, adding a touch of privacy and exclusivity that summer guests will appreciate. While seating is limited, you’ll find some comfortable lounge chairs near the changing rooms on the far side of the pool. Arriving early is recommended in order to secure a spot and fully enjoy the relaxing, upbeat atmosphere.

FLOG offers a range of additional amenities next to the infinity pool to enrich your visit. Embrace your artistic side with live performances at their indoor theater or challenge your friends to a game of ping pong or foosball inside the cafe area. If hunger strikes, head over for dinner (or lunch on the weekends) to the FLOG’s pizzeria for a mouthwatering pizza Margherita. Make sure not to miss the opportunity to catch a movie in Italian at their adjacent outdoor cinema during their nightly 9:30 pm screenings, available for an admission’s fee of €6. Nightly movie screenings under the stars, lively pool parties, and invigorating night swims are just a few of the experiences uniquely offered at this aquatic complex, open from late May until August 31 to the general public. Check their Facebook page for up-to-date Movie screenings and events info on Facebook.

Adult tickets are priced at €8 (€11 on weekends/ holidays), while reduced tickets are available for students, seniors over 65, and children aged 3-12, priced at €7 (€9 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays). A photo ID is not required for entrance except for discounted tickets to prove age or student status. Unique to Piscina FLOG Poggetto is the flexibility to leave and re-enter on the same day for a fee of €2. Showering before entering the pool is mandatory, as are swim caps which can be purchased for €3 on-site. Additionally, sunbeds are available for €4, and chairs can be rented for €3. Please note that there are no lockers in the changing rooms for guest storage.

For those planning an afternoon visit, tickets from 2:45 pm onwards are €7 (€8 on Saturdays/ holidays).  Children under 3 enter free. 

For an extra touch of indulgence, consider FLOG’s Spritz & Splash combo which includes pool entry and a refreshing spritz drink, available from 5:30 pm until closing time. On weekdays, the Spritz & Splash package is priced at €7.50, while on weekends €8.50.  (sofia beatrice barsan)