On The Surface, It Looks Like Any Other Swimming Pool. What Lies Beneath Will Take Your Breath Away.

The Hotel Terme Millepini in Padua, Italy looks like any other resort. With palm trees, spas, gourmet restaurants, it's a little slice of heaven. Following a recent renovation, however, the hotel entered the Guinness Book of World Records. The record? World's deepest pool. After a few lessons from an in-house freediving expert, ambitious guests can attempt a descent below the surface, to reach the bottom of the Y-40 "Deep Joy" pool. At 40 meters, or 131 feet, the pool is as deep as a 14-story building is tall. Less courageous individuals can view the divers from several underwater windows, as well as a transparent tunnel that runs beneath the surface. The water is kept at a constant temperature of 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit), so there's never a need for a wetsuit, even way down below.

Non-swimmers can still get a one-of-a-kind view.

A series of levels with unique designs and artificial caves provides multiple challenges for skilled divers.


At the surface, you'd never guess just how far down you could go.

With depths like these, it's no wonder there's an occasional mermaid sighting.

With practice, a free diver can reach the very bottom of this manmade abyss.


Guests, especially children, can't get enough of the resident mermaid.

Measurements and markings guide the divers down and help them keep their bearings.

Credit: Amusing PlanetY-40 Deep Joy

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