The most beautiful public swimming pools in Milano

Swim through stunning 20th Cantury architecture

Milano, historically a city rich in water - but with no sea or lakes - boasts a centuries-old tradition in the careful and avant-garde construction of public swimming pools for leisure, sports and for all the Milanese to refresh during the infamous hot summers.

The first public swimming pool facility dates back to 1842: they were the "Bagni di Diana", a luxurious venue in Porta Venezia area that today no longer exist. Only the name of the hotel now standing in the same area remembers us of that place.

Over the decades the structures have alternated, following the history of the city, but today many remain in business, preserving the original structures of great architectural value.

Here we listed the most beautiful must-see / must-splash public swimming pools in Milano:

 

Centro Balneare Giulio Romano

Via Andrea Maria Ampère, 20

In 1929 the "Giulio Romano" swimming pool opened, in Via Andrea Maria Ampère, 20.

At the time it was the largest outdoor swimming pool in Europe, an authentic architectural jewel, inspired by Palladio style.

It featured an absolute technical innovation in water treatment: the pool is fed by the aquifer: until then the water from the canals was used.

Since its opening, it was able to accommodate up to 1500 bathers.

 

Piscina Caimi (now Bagni Misteriosi)

Via Carlo Botta, 18

Inaugurated in 1939, it is a true Liberty jewel.

In the original project, the swimming pool was an integral part of a multifunctional space for sport and leisure, which included a theatre, which today is the Parenti theatre.

The restoration was carried out with the utmost respect for the original structures, with the recreation of the original materials and period details, and was accompanied by innovative interventions but still respectful of the original spirit of the pool itself, such as a floating stage and the colonnade.

The new water heating and purification system, with UV lamps, is cutting edge.

Piscina Cozzi

Viale Tunisia, 35

This huge building was completed in just 194 days and inaugurated in 1934, it was the first indoor public swimming pool in Milano and Italy. It is located in the Porta Venezia neighbourhood.

At the time it was considered the most advanced swimming pool in Europe, with large terraces to accommodate a large audience, the most suitable for hosting swimming competitions.

It has two beautiful trampolines, one of 5 and one of 10 meters.

For the time, Cozzi had very innovative technical features: the large spans that allow for a large space without interruptions, the roofs with windows and transparent inserts, letting light filtering from above.

It was also one of the first swimming pools where heating and ventilation and water purification were meticulously taken care of.

The rigour of the building, belonging to the historical period of construction, is softened by details and mosaics that reflect the theme of water and which contrast with the monumentality of the structure, opening it up to a more civil and daily use.

Centro Balneare Argelati

Via Segantini 6

Opened in 1958.

It is located in the Ticinese neighbourhood, where 40 years earlier there was one of the first public bathing establishments in the city, the “Bagni Ticino”.

The architectural choice and the theme of curved lines, which characterize the whole venue, is not only presented in the rounded shape of the corners of the two pools, but also in the service building, which from the outside appears as a large concrete disk, surrounded by a red brick wall.
 

Piscina Solari

Via Montevideo, 20

Opened in 1963, it is a small architectural jewel restored in 2015 with important modernizations concerning not only the changing room spaces but also the pool, which has been enlarged.

It is located within the Don Giussani park, next to Bocconi University, and it is a neighbourhood swimming pool, designed for recreational swimming all year round.

The roof is a tensile structure with a characteristic "saddle" shape, which is not only functional but also the stylistic code of the building.

The sloping windows that open onto the park make it very pleasant: thanks to the glass walls, the green seems to enter, and creates a pleasant protective "bubble" to the surrounding urban environment. During the summer, many bathers also use the large outdoor solarium.