Taking a trip to Italy this year? Why not visit some of the prettiest places to swim out in the open with our list of the top wild swimming locations.
Best for Hot Springs: Fosso Bianco, Bagni San Filippo, Tuscany
Hidden in the woods, a hot spring flows down the huge white calcareous rock face into a set of stunning hot pools. Just relax and enjoy this magical place, in winter or summer.
Best for Blue Pools: Laghetti D'Avola, Syracuse, Sicily
Two perfect rocky pools with an incredible colour, surrounded by a breathtaking canyon full of waterfalls, wildlife and flowers. The best place for river scrambling and an aquatic mini adventure.
Best for Waterfalls: Cascata Plera, Tolmezzo, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
A waterfall drops into a true blue pool over the this funnel of rock. The air is always fresh, with the small droplets suspended in mid-air.
Best for Jumping: Torrente Ceronda, Valleys of Turin, Piedmont
In the middle of a wild and quiet forest, hold your breath and dive between the rocks into a large turquoise pool.
Best for Waterside Food: Lago di San Domenico, L'Aquila, Abruzzo
In the magnificent scenery of the Gole del Sagittario, this enchanting green lake is perfect for a picnic. Most eerie and magical at sunset.
Best for Kids & Families: Le piscine dell'Auro, Metauro Valley, Le Marche
In this magnificent valley the river Auro flows from one waterfalls to the other, in a series of easily accessible natural pools. The rocks are great for sun bathing and the water is warm and pleasant.
Best for Canoeing & Boats: Lago di Ledro, Trentino
Exploring the beaches of this beautiful lake by canoe, the best way to enjoy the stunning valley.
Best for Wild Camping: Foppiano, Fiume Taro, Emilia Romagna
In one of the most beautiful valleys of the Appennini, the River Taro's clear water offers a great opportunity to dive and swim. There are many beautiful villages around and wild camping in the forest.
Best for Canyons: Torrente San Michele, Lake Garda, Lombardy
Start your adventure in Campione del Garda and paddle up through the gorge of San Michele, where small pools, waterfalls, and rock channels are great fun.
Why not book car hire to ensure you can explore more than one of these beautiful outdoor pools on your italian getaway.