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Rome: Cool off at the city’s new outdoor pool… by the Colosseum

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The Colosseum sits behind the resort-style pool in Rome's center. Photo by All'Ombra del Colosseo
The Colosseum sits behind the resort-style pool in Rome's center. Photo by All'Ombra del Colosseo

UPDATE SUMMER 2012: This pool no longer exists. The article below was published in 2009.

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Summer can be stifling in Rome and come August, most of the locals head for the hills. This year (2009), with more Romans staying put than in the past—and hordes of visitors filling the streets—Rome seems more crowded and even hotter than ever.

But for those visiting the city in the heat of the summer (or those Romans taking a “stay-cation”), a new city-run pool and entertainment park made it easy to find a splash of relief from the heat.

Take a dip, Colosseum-style.

The swimming pool, run by the Castellum Sport and Culture Association, was located in the heart of the historic center, just behind the Colosseum, in the Parco del Celio (a popular park frequently used as a concert venue). The pool was part of a larger city-run “resort” called All’Ombra del Colosseo, meaning literally “in the shadow of the Colosseum.” It included the pool, food and drink stands, live music performances, a disco (this is Italy after all), and even a poker table!

All’Ombra del Colosseo was open for frolicking from June 26 through September 5, 2009.

 

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Annie Shapero was born and raised in the cosmopolitan oasis of Columbia, Missouri. A call to the big city brought her to Chicago, where she pursued a degree at DePaul University's theatre conservatory. Four years of "rigorous, professional" training and a minor in Italian language led her to her next destination: Rome, a city of natural born tragedians with a flair for comedy. There she put her dreams of Broadway stardom on hold and took up a wild series of careers (including "marketing strategist" for an edible Egyptian insecticide). Eventually, she found her niche: writing for "WHERE Magazine Rome." When not in Rome, Annie hops about the Mediterranean, indulging in the local gastronomic and dance traditions. Ole´!

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4 Responses to “Rome: Cool off at the city’s new outdoor pool… by the Colosseum”

S Bowman says:

Very disappointed as pool closed when I went in Aug 2012.

Cameron says:

Cool off at the city’s outdoor pool? It’s all lies…. It doesn’t exist. August 2012

Thanks for the update, Cameron. We’ve edited the post to reflect this.

Cameron says:

Thanks Thomas. Didn’t mean to sound harsh. Just swaggered all the way down there the other day and it’s now a theatre or a club.

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