Conceived as a community hub by architect Luigi Secchi in 1939, this modernist lido with its enormous heated pools, close-cropped lawns, shaded porticos, bistro and bar has been painstakingly restored and is once again a favourite summer retreat. Besides the swimming, there’s tai chi, art classes, evening aperitivo ,and dance and music concerts hosted by the adjoining Teatro Franco Parenti.
One of the pools, featuring a fountain with flamingos, is dedicated to children, while the other, Olympic-sized pool is adults only. There are hammocks for snoozing, a hip background playlist, tip-top changing rooms and on-duty lifeguards. Both the bar and bistro are accessible from Via Sabina without having to pay the entry fee.
In winter, the complex is made over into an ice-skating rink, while future renovations will return the tennis court to use. The best time to visit is between 6.30pm and 9pm for an unforgettable aperitivo around the pools.