Would you love to swim in an ancient Roman cistern, relax in a swimming pool overlooking the Aegean Sea or take a dip under Gothic arches? Then discover these three pools which, despite being covered, are filled with light and history.
La Tor farmhouse in Montclar
In the Catalan region of Berguedà (Barcelona) we find La Tor, a charming farmhouse that offers the ideal place to unwind and enjoy fresh air and nature. Guests can discover the surrounding landscape and architecture, as well as one of the largest and most striking attractions of the remodelled XV century farmhouse, the completely hidden swimming pool.
Located in an underground room, this spectacular heated pool features Gothic arches that create a unique atmosphere that blends romance and history. The lighting provides an elegant touch of modernity, contrasting with the tradition style that dominates the room.
Katikies Hotel, Santorini
To swim in this pool you need to travel next to Oia, a picturesque village on the coast of Santorini. Despite its location in a cave (an environment commonly associated with concepts like darkness and mystery), this pool is notable for its light and serenity.
Immersed in the classic Greek combination of “white and blue”, the pool lies 100 meters above the wall of the spectacular Santorini caldera and features spectacular sea views. The cave belongs to the luxury Katikies Hotel, which boasts first-class facilities that include two swimming pools, a sundeck with a jacuzzi and various restaurants.
Domus Civita, Civita di Bagnoregio
Architect Patrizio Fradiani offers the chance to take a dip in a perfectly preserved ancient Roman cistern after his purchase and rehabilitation of Domus Civita, a fourteenth-century home built in the Italian town of Civita di Bagnoregio.
Fradiani’s remodel harmoniously combined the historic character of the house with the latest in Italian design, without neglecting the property’s greatest treasure: the access, via underground tunnels, to a volcanic rock cave that hides an over two-thousand year old water cistern. It is now possible to stay at Domus Civita, where guests can enjoy this millennia-old treasure, now converted into a relaxing heated pool.