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Where to go for a refreshing dip with breathtaking views

Are you hankering after a refreshing swim in a pool surrounded by nature with captivating views?

Here are some hotels and resorts with splendid outdoor pools open also to non-resident guests.

Villa San Michele, a Belmond Hotel

On the Fiesole hill, just above the historic centre of Florence, Villa San Michele, an exclusive Belmond Hotel, stands on the site of an evocative former medieval monastery. The lovely terraced garden also features a swimming pool with stunning views. The cost is €75.00 per person, or €80.00 for those who also want to enjoy a delicious poolside cocktail, with happy hour from 5.30 to 6.30pm.

Via Doccia, 4 – Fiesole
ph. 055 5678200

Villa La Massa

Among the facilities offered by Villa La Massa luxury hotel, set in 10 hectares of grounds on the banks of the River Arno with amazing views of Chianti, is a sparkling heated pool, open from 10.00am to 7.00pm, with an elegant bar. Cost for a full day is €120 per person or €200 for two, including lunch and a refreshing smoothie in the afternoon.

Via della Massa, 24 – Candeli
ph. +39 055 62611

Relais Villa Olmo

Just 20 minutes from, Florence among the olive trees of the Impruneta hill, is the Relais Villa Olmo boutique hotel. Guests of the Diadema Wine Bar & Restaurant can enjoy access to the panoramic swimming pool together with a two course lunch from the à la carte menu, dessert, water and coffee for €65 from Monday to Saturday; Sunday lunch and dinner every evening of the week with a choice of three courses costs €85.

Via Imprunetana per Tavarnuzze 19 – Impruneta
Tel. 055 2311311

Fonte de’ Medici

Fonte de ‘Medici is an ancient hamlet dating back to the 1400s in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, surrounded by vineyards belonging to the Antinori family, who produce two of their most renowned wines, Tiganello and Solaia, here. Entrance to the elegant swimming pool, from 12 noon to 6.30pm is €70 euros per person, with use of a double bedroom and lunch at the restaurant, a triumph of Tuscan tradition.

Via Santa Maria a Macerata, 31 – Montefiridolfi
ph. +39 055 8244700