The Best Swimming Pools in Milan: Enjoy the Summer in the City


When the summer gets too hot to handle, you need to know the best swimming pools in Milan. These are a few of the places where you can enjoy the cool.

If it’s glamour you’re after, the Ceresio 7 Pools & Restaurant is the perfect place for a very special day. Climb up to the top of the historic Enel building, where the Dsquared2 group is now headquartered, and you’re rewarded with a breathtaking view. From the skyscrapers toward the Swiss border to the buildings around Gae Aulenti Square, your rooftop terrace delivers the modern Milan skyline in all its glory. Two pools surrounded by designer furniture reflect the rays of the sun, tempting you to dive right in. And once you’ve cooled down, you relax with a poolside drink as you wait for lunchtime to arrive. The restaurant is run by the chef, Elio Sironi, whose fish, meat, and vegetable dishes will delight your palate. They are light, but filling. And while you eat, you can’t draw your eyes away from that fascinating panorama. You decide to stick around a little longer maybe—just until cocktail hour or perhaps, dinner.

Whoever said that spa visits are only for the winter was very wrong. Pools, hot tubs, spas, and various other facilities offer the perfect antidote to the heat of the summer when you can’t get away. The spa is primarily for beauty treatments, of course, but there’s much more than that. It offers a chance to get out of the hustle and bustle for a few hours of pure relaxation. Book an hour of self-indulgence at QC Terme Milano and leave the world behind. Take your robe and towel through the elegant entrance hall and set off through the waterfalls and water jets to pools with chromotherapy, music therapy, and more. You feel relaxed as the waves gently massage you. Outside there is a splendid garden, enclosed by the 16th-century Spanish walls, with particularly lovely hot tubs for a summer’s evening. And if you dive into the VascaStorica—the history pool—then you’re in for a real treat. The glass walls reveal the archaeology around the pool, so you are effectively swimming in an underwater museum!

For an afternoon with the family, nothing beats a trip to the Idroscalo, one of the best swimming pools in Milan. It was built in 1930 as an airport for seaplanes, but it took fewer than 10 years to transform into one of the city’s favorite haunts, earning the nickname: the Sea of Milan. Take a look at the calendar and you’ll see that there is a whole host of events taking place around the green spaces that surround the Idroscalo, from top quality sporting events, like the national rowing championships, to music festivals. As you sip a cool drink while lying in the sun, glance over to where your children are having the time of their lives in the water park in the children’s village, or jumping around on the huge inflatables in the Dolly Park, or even hiding in its magical miniature castle. If they aren’t too tired, you can take the family for a ride on a paddle boat, a swim in the pools at Punta dell’Est, or a trip around the exotic butterfly oasis.

You can also go for a walk in the Parco dell’Arte, the Fine Art park. There are 20 sculptures by world-renowned artists in its green spaces. It’s nice to relax your body, but there are times when your mind needs to reset as well. Alone or with friends, with the family or with that someone special, grab your bathing suit on and head to the park. Summer in Milan is surprisingly fresh!

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