Summer of sports

Expanded services include rate drops and new trails

Editorial Staff
June 1, 2011

There is no shortage of outdoor activities in and around Florence this summer.


For the first time, all of the city's 120 sports facilities will be open. The city has announced new rates at many of its public sports facilities, and although most entrance prices will remain the same, city-managed boccia ball courts now have a fee (3 euro per hour) and there is a slight increase for the use of soccer fields.


The sports superintendence has sought to expand services to citizens: ‘We want to continue to support sports at all levels,' said vice mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, ‘including the enhancement of eco-friendly facilities.' Until this upcoming summer, those who ran in the Cascine have had to leave their bags in their cars and return home for a shower. Now, runners can use the Pavoniere or the Sports Club for 3 euro.


As part of the Firenze Walking City project, nine new jogging trails in the city's five districts are also planned. The trails will be indicated on map of the city, which will also outline local sports facilities. Other changes approved by the city council include modifying the age eligibility and costs for those aged 14 to 16 and 60 to 65.


Florence residents with disabilities can get the ParSport card, a 10-euro card that entitles holders five free pool activities or swimming lessons during the year. Disabled non-residents are eligible for a 50 percent discount on lessons and activities.


The city of Florence has also introduced a half-day ticket price at public pools, which will now cost 4 euro after 2pm. In addition, the Paolo Costoli Pool will be free every Thursday in July and August until 8pm (It is highly recommended you call the Costoli pool at 055/6236027 for more details on this offer.)



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