Summer is here, and now is the perfect time to relax by the pool! Luckily, Rome is full of hidden pools that aren’t too far off the beaten path. This guide is for those sticky summer days when sitting in gridlocked traffic to the beach sounds like too much to bear.
So where are these pools, and which ones are the best?
The best pools in Rome are Aldrovandi City Suites, Rome Cavalieri, Grand Hotel Gianicolo, Palazzo Naiadi Roma, Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel, and Spa and Radisson Blu. These luxurious pools are offered by upscale hotels in the city center, many with lush gardens, rooftop views, massage treatments and relaxing spa options.
Off the beaten path there is Belle Arti, Club Lanciani, Piscina delle Rose, Aqvi Blu, Rome Marriott Park Hotel, and QC Terme which offer sporty, affordable family-type pool setting.
If you have young children, you might want to treat them to a day at the water park. Rome has three quality options, each bringing something different to the table: Hydromania, Zoomarine and Luneur Park.
Please not that many pools in Rome, (especially public pools), require that you wear a swimming cap for entry, which you can purchase there for a few euros.
Related Article: Beaches in Rome: The Ultimate Guide
Continue on to see pictures, full pricing and special amenities of each pool. Quoted prices are for the weekend only, weekday visits you can expect a significant discount!
Tucked away on the perimeter of posh Villa Borghese, this stylish 5-star hotel oozes luxury. This secluded pool is partially shaded by palm trees, bouganvillaeas and cream-colored parasols. The cost of entry will also get you a free drink, towel, lounge chair, access to dressing rooms as well as bar-to-lounge-chair drinks service.
Via Ulisse Aldrovandi, 11
In addition to three outdoor pools (one exclusively for children), Rome Cavalieri boasts an ancient Rome themed, glass-enclosed indoor pool with intricately tiled columns, spa treatments and steam rooms. Widely known as the best spa hotel in Rome, pamper yourself by reserving a cabana where you will be waited on hand and foot. Entrance fee includes use of outdoor pools, a towel and lounge chair.
Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101
Price: 80€ / 115€ (depending on the month)
Located just outside of Trastevere, this fully equipped swimming pool offers a great view of the city from Gianicolo Hill, and at a bargain price considering its part of a 4-star hotel. One of the great draws is the poolside restaurant and bar, which is perfect for a quick bite and a cold drink. For only 35 euros, you get a lounge chair, towel and access to the locker room.
Viale delle Mura Gianicolensi, 107
Palazzo Naiadi Roma
Check out this stunning rooftop infinity pool at the 5-star hotel Palazzo Naiadi. Known mostly for its lavish spa treatments and massages, you can also have a meal or have poolside service with a view of the beautiful Piazza Repubblica fountain. Entrance cost is pretty steep at 150 euros, but consider you start out with a 50 minute, full body massage. Well worth it, as it is also in the heart of the city center!
Piazza della Repubblica, 47
Price: 150€ (includes 50 min massage)
Another 5-star hotel built right next to Villa Borghese gardens, Parco dei Principi offers a respite from the rigors of the city. Amazing gazebos, landscaped gardens and a large area for sunbathing are some of the highlights, as well as unique seafood dishes available at the restaurant. Towel, lounge chair and umbrella is included in the price.
Via Gerolamo Frescobaldi, 5
Conveniently located in the center of Rome right next to Termini station, Radisson Blu has two roof-top pools that will make you forget all about the bustle of the city below. Stop by here to also gain access to the spa and rooftop restaurant, which is frequented by tourists and Romans alike. 90 euros will get you a towel, chair and access to the locker rooms.
Via Filippo Turati, 171
Aqvi Blu has very good value for what you get in return. Its a little bit out of the city center while still being easily accessible by metro. For 35 euros you get access to a huge, modern pool, lounge chair with umbrella and surrounded by a sunny garden. Brunch options are also available and well worth it!
Viale del Pattinaggio, 100
QC Terme Roma is overall the best place to go for a spa trip. Set in a 5-star spa and wellness hotel near Fiumincino, this very modern location offers all types of unique treatments; including waterfall rooms and water massage pools.
Via Portuense, 2178
For the sporty types, this pool is heaven! Olympic sized lap pool lined with lounge chairs, there is plenty of space you can just relax. You also have access to water based workout equipment and bikes. This location isn’t too out of the way either, as its tucked behind a church on Via Flaminia.
Via Flaminia, 158
Fitness buffs rejoice, because Club Lanciani is full of engaging activities to get into. There is sort of a country club vibe going on, and has a huge pool at the center that is perfect for the summer heat. In addition to the pool, they have tennis courts, soccer fields, squash courts, and a full gym. This place is a rare value for the amount things you can do!
Via di Pietralata, 135
No nonsense Olympic sized pools here, this is another great place to get in a workout. They also have an extensive program for your children, and a full restaurant is available. Swimming and canoeing lessons can be booked prior to arrival as well.
Viale America, 20
Rome’s largest dedicated water park, you’ll find several water slides, wave pools and tiki-style beach themed bars.
Vicolo del Casale Lumbroso, 200
Price: 22€ adults / 17€ kids
Zoomarine is sort of like Sea World with carnival rides. Dolphin shows, roller coasters, and an enormous shallow pool are all available just ouside Rome.
Via dei Romagnoli
Price: 27€ adults / 20€ kids
Luneur is Italy’s largest and oldest amusement park which also features a smaller waterpark. Dolphin shows, falconry, and many roller coasters are available.
Via delle Tre Fontane,100
Price: 12,50€ / 22,50€ (12.50 for splash zone, 22.50 for splash zone + unlimited rides)
All prices listed are for the weekend. If you go during the weekday, you can expect a deep discount!
And there you have it, a list of the best pools Rome has to offer! Remember, pools aren’t the only way to beat the heat–if you have the time you should visit one Rome’s nearby beaches. Check our article Beaches of Rome: The Ultimate Guide
Which one of these pools do you want to try first? Comment below!