A calm oasis is probably not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Rome. Like any big city – but particularly Rome – there's always a touch of chaos. Traffic can be crazy, and there are droves of people. Add scorching Roman heat to this, and in the summer months, locals and visitors are always looking for ways to stay cool.
While the Lazio coastline has much to offer from local beaches like Ostia and Fregene to pretty seaside towns like Santa Marinella in the north to Sabaudia, Gaeta and Sperlonga in the south, if you have limited time or are sans car, a city pool might be a better option.
And OS Club is just the place.
Summertime in Rome doesn't get much better than OS Club! — Photo courtesy of HeartRome
Located a stone's throw from the Colosseum, this restaurant/bar has , for the past few years, opened up their garden space to the public and erected an above-ground swimming pool, complete with decking!
Surrounded by lush green trees, there are sun beds and a full-service restaurant on hand that'll have you thinking you've landed at some posh beach club.
For those looking to really splurge, there's a Jacuzzi package, which allows for a 30-minute soak plus a bottle of Veuve Pelletier champagne for €120 (for up to 4 persons).
Sun bed service means you can have your lunch, snack or cocktail delivered right to you. And the super friendly staff will even drop your drink off to you pool side!
The on-site restaurant offers a wide variety of options, from salads to couscous and fresh pasta and rice salads. There are also sandwiches (around the €5 mark); ice cream; and other snacks.
There's a full list of cocktails, virgin cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks too. Drinks range from €7 for beers and fruit cocktails to around €8 for regular ones.
The pool is open daily (expect for Monday) from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. From Tuesday to Thursday, entry is €10. Friday to Saturday, it's €12, which will get you into the pool plus a sun bed for the whole day. On Sunday the cost is €15 and includes a drink of choice, too.
The OS Club pool season will run right through to September. This spot's the perfect way to cool down on those hot summer days, with the convenience of a location in the very heart of Rome.
It doesn't get much better than this!