I think this is probably one of the nicest Alitalia lounges system-wide and definitely the nicest in Rome. Ironically, if you’re flying directly back to the US on Alitalia, American, Delta, United, or US, your lounge is the Alitalia Giotto Lounge in T3 which is nothing to write home about. See – Alitalia Giotto Lounge in T3.
However, on this trip I was flying from Rome (FCO) to Newark (EWR) via Paris (CDG) on Air France & Delta. I therefore was in T1 at FCO instead of the usual T3, and wow the Dolce Vita lounge is way nicer in terms of food, comfort, modernness, amenities, and activities.
This is the fifth part of an eight part trip report from my travels to Rome and Siracusa, Sicily:
- Delta BusinessElite JFK – Rome (FCO) B767-300
- Revisiting the Westin Excelsior Rome, has anything changed? Original visit’s trip report here.
- Trip Report – blu-express – Cheap & Very Scary
- Musciara Resort – Siracusa, Sicily
- Alitalia T1 Dolce Vita Lounge FCO Rome – The Nicest Alitalia Lounge? Flight Simulator & Eataly!
- Air France Business Class Rome (FCO) – Paris (CDG) A321
- Air France Lounge Charles De Gaulle Terminal E Gate M
- Delta BusinessElite Paris (CDG) – Newark (EWR) B767-300
The lounge is located prior to the security checkpoint, but that doesn’t mean additional stress due to there being a dedicated check-in area within the lounge (7 agents available during my visit – see second picture below) as well as a separate and empty SkyPriority security checkpoint right outside the lounge. T1 only has Schengen flights so you don’t have to worry about passport control either.
Seating – Multiple seating areas both to the left and right of the check-in area with comfy leather couches, at the bar or in the bar area, along the wall, and hidden behind the check-in area (completely empty with views out to the tarmac, tablets, and electrical plugs).
Food – Alitalia and Eataly (great NYC and Rome locations) are pleased to introduce you to the excellence of Italian food. This was pretty cool not only was the food catered by Eataly, but every food and drink item had a corresponding number which could be referenced on a menu or via signs at the bar listing a description, the ingredients, and history for each. There was also a full coffee and beer Eataly menu.
Gourmet breakfast (the sign is an edible piece of chocolate):
Items you can choose on your own with signage…
Unique Activities – OK, this is awesome…there’s a flight simulator and instructor in the lounge! Besides the two trainers there was no one else even taking advantage of this perk, so I spent a good 30 minutes “in-flight”. While the instructors were not pilots, they were trained by actual Alitalia pilots. I had a great time with my take-offs and landings as well as the landing prep in terms of adjusting speed, descent levels, flaps, etc.
Then there’s the Alitalia store with a small “throwback section”:
Overall, it was by far my best lounge experience in Rome (that would have been Italy too had I not recently visited the new Emirates lounge in Milan…trip report coming soon). Those flying directly to the US can access the lounge but you’ll need a ton of extra time. There’s no air-side connection to T3 / T5 so you’ll need to exit the terminal (not a huge deal since you haven’t passed security) but you’ll then need to walk or take ground transportation to T3 / T5 and then clear security and passport control.
- Trip Report Alitalia Giotto Lounge in T3
- Alitalia B777-200ER New Magnifica Business Class FCO-JFK
- Alitalia A330 Trip Report JFK-Rome (FCO) – Very Impressed – Lie-Flat & Excellent Food in Magnifica Business Class
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