Keeping your cool in Florence – Swimming in Florence

Viareggio - Tuscany's most famous stretch of beach

Gelato and Italy’s great crushed-ice treat, granite, are two excellent ways to lower your temperature in Florence. But if you are looking for a complete immersion to cool off, there are some excellent ways to do so.

You can take a swim and get a signature Tuscan suntan at the Nannini Bellariva swimming complex, almost hidden along Florence’s Arno river by its surrounding greenery that hides its sunbathing lawns, Olympic-size swimming pool and children’s play pool. No Florentine activity is complete without a meal of pasta or pizza, hence the rooftop restaurant. Open 10am-6pm, Lungarno Aldo Moro 6. Telephone +39 055 677 521.

Alternatively, hop on a train to Viareggio to head to Tuscany’s strangely-art-deco-feel beach-side boulevard. Rent a chair and umbrella and pass the time on the golden sands of Viareggio. Whilst there is a public (i.e.: free) sand area, most people rent beach chairs by the day on one of the many private beach zones. You can then make use of the showers and bathroom throughout the day, rent a little cabin to store your clothes and buy refreshments from the beach-side bar. It’s also lovely to take a stroll along the boulevard, stopping for a gelato at any one of the gelato stores along the way (they are ALL fabulous!) or the signature chocolate filled Crêpe.

For a little inner-city oasis, Le Pavoniere is located in Florence’s historical Cacine Park. Whether you’re after a more sporty swimming sensation, or to relax pool side in your latest designer cozzie rising only to make use of the cocktail bar, Le Pavoniere is the place to be. If you’ve packed your disco bathing suit, then head to Le Pavoniere by night to swim and enjoy live music by DJs and other performers. You can also diner at the onsite pizzeria-restaurant.

Hidron Wellness Centre takes the poolside experience to an entirely new level, with a whole bevy of beauty and fitness treatments, gym and other activities to keep your body moving and smoothing. Get rid of aches and pains from lugging luggage with a massage, come face-to-face with a facial, or keep fit in one of the fitness rooms.

Join us for a Tuscany Bike Ride and Villa Swim, or skip the bike riding in Tuscany and head straight to the pool side for our Bella Vita Wine Tour and Villa Swim or simply enjoy La Dolce Vita Villa Swim and Lunch.

If you are looking for a more traditional, historical activity in Florence, we have The Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour. There is also our skip-the-line Accademia visit –The Original David Tour. Combined with a small-group walking tour of Florence, Original Florence Walk, to hear more about Italian traditions and the fascinating history  of Florence with an excellent English-speaking tour guide, we have the Florence tours discounted package, Florence in One Glorious Day (or 2).

To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence, RomeVeniceCinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more.

We also have a great range of fantastic private tours that cater to your every desire. From Private tours in Florence (and Tuscany Private Tours ) to Rome with a Private Guide Venice private tours to the Private Tours of the Cinque Terre and beyond, we are at your beck and call.

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