UPDATE SUMMER 2012: This pool no longer exists. The article below was published in 2009.
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 pastâ€”and hordes of visitors filling the streetsâ€”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 newÂ city-run pool and entertainmentÂ park made it easy to findÂ a splash of reliefÂ 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,Â just behind the Colosseum, in the Parco del CelioÂ (a popular park frequently used as a concert venue). The pool wasÂ part of a larger city-run “resort” called Allâ€™Ombra del Colosseo, meaning literally “in the shadow of the Colosseum.”Â It included the pool, food andÂ 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 26Â through September 5, 2009.