Mercatello sul Metauro
Listed as one of The Guardian‘s Top 10 wild swimming locations in Italy.
Just 10 minutes away from Le Piscine dell’Auro, near the town of Mercatello sul Metauro, the river bends under a high cliff. There are small waterfalls and two pools.
The book Wild Swimming in Italy suggests the spot is partly shaded by trees and perfect for picnics. There is also a park nearby with tables and a barbecue.
Where to eat nearby
If you prefer not to picnic, Il Girone dei Golosi in the hamlet of Castello della Pieve is only 5 minutes away. It has excellent online reviews and lovely views.