Tennis Clubs in Rome, Florence

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  1. ctm126

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    I'm leaving for a tour of Italy in a week and one of the things I was trying to do was find a good tennis club in both Rome and Florence where I could hit with a pro.

    I didn't need anything special, just an hour or so of hitting. I just wanted to stay relatively current during my trip so I didn't have to deal with the drop off should I not pick up a racket during the time I'm there. I'm not planning on bringing my rackets since the airlines will probably break them anyways, so I was just looking for any suggestions of tennis clubs where I could hit with a pro and rent a racket.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Don't recall seeing any courts in Florence (centro) but just west of the city (about 20 minutes by train) in Montecatini is a park with a gorgeous clay facility, full time pro who will hit with you or find a match for you from his roster of townies. The facility was the "home" court of Adrianna Panatta and has been the scene of Davis Cup matches, perhaps 8 courts including a few in an indoor bubble. Montecatini is a town of thermal baths and spas, nice place to visit.
     
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    Montecatini is actually more like 45-50 minutes train ride from Florence.

    You may have googled this up already, but this looks like a very convenient and central club in Florence: http://www.ctfirenze.it/

    It's in the Parco delle Cascine, a very nice park in walking distance of the downtown and a popular place for locals (at least by day-- I've heard that it's a little sketchy at night).

    Don't know how easy it would be to get court time or lessons. The contacts page is "under construction," but they do have a contact email (informazioni@ctfirenze.org). Might be worth dropping them a line to find out what the options are, or if they can recommend a place.

    Tennis aside, the Tuesday morning market in the Cascine is a fun thing to visit if you are there at that time.
     
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    Thank you guys for all of your responses!

    I did a little Google mapping and I found that in Rome the TENNIS CLUB BELLE ARTI and RUGIADA were within walking distance of my hotel and in Florence the club Alves suggested is literally right across the street. I'll definitely give these places a call when I get in.

    Thanks again!
     
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  5. Rjtennis

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    I went and hit at a gorgeous red clay court facility in Florence and took some privates. I cant remember the name but it was up on the hill overlooking the city near the large replica staute of David. I would really recommend playing there.
     
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    It's too late for the OP I'm afraid... but from the neighborhood that sounds like Tennis Piazzale Michelangelo. There's a listing for it on this page: http://www.nyceflorence.com/florence-city-guide/sports-in-florence.html.

    But I can't find a website or anything more recent than 2010 or so. Wonder if they're still open.
     
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    I was there in September of 2010. It was a pretty big and well kept facility, I imagine it is still there. They are had a running track and a soccer field if I remember correctly.
     
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  9. Rjtennis

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    Thats the spot!! I played on the two courts that are side by side close to the road.

    Ya, i had an absolute blast there. Their courts were imaculate and the pros were great. The greanery and area in and around the club was absolutely gorgeous. Private lessons/hitting sessions were not that expensive either.
     
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