Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse New York JFK Airport
Virgin Atlantic A330 Upper Class New York to London
Sheraton Edinburgh Grand Hotel & Spa
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge Edinburgh Airport
Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel
ERSTE Premier Lounge Prague Airport
Czech Airlines Business Class Prague to Rome
Alitalia Business Class Lounge Rome Airport
Le Anfore Lounge Rome Airport
Alitalia A330 Magnifica Class (Business Class) Rome to Boston
Upon landing we began the trek towards the “G” concourse, where Alitalia’s US-bound flights depart from. Believe it or not I had never transited Rome Airport before, so was quite looking forward to the “experience.”
After walking through a seemingly endless series of hallways we arrived at the immigration checkpoint. I had an EU passport so could use the EU line, while my friend only had a US passport, so had to use the non-EU line.
In typical Italian fashion the queues were long and disorganized, and really the most shocking part was the number of people cutting the line. They’d just walk to the front of the line as if they didn’t notice all the people waiting, and when they were told there was a queue they’d just merge into the very front of it. Unbelievable.
Once through immigration I followed the signage to the “G” concourse, which required taking a train.
Once in the “G” concourse I followed the signage to the lounge, which was in the middle of the concourse on the lower level.
The Alitalia Giotto Lounge and Le Anfore Priority Pass/contract lounge shared an entrance and were both on the lower level.
I found the signage to be rather hilarious, I don’t quite know why.
Once inside the lounge I presented my boarding pass and was promptly admitted.
I had somewhat high expectations for what I figured would be Alitalia’s “flagship” lounge, though was sorely disappointed. The lounge was fairly small and crowded, the decor was ridiculously kitschy, and the food selection sucked.
There were several seating areas separated from one another by transparent orange panels.
Just about all the seats were taken, so we ended up having to sit in the business center, which were the only empty seats we could find.
The buffet area was in the center of the lounge.
There was an espresso bar, and next to it some booze on a plate.
Then there was a fridge with a ton of bottled water, both still and sparkling.
And then there were some small snacks in white plastic containers.
There were also some finger sandwiches which didn’t look especially tasty.
While I wasn’t hungry I decided to try the “small plates.” While they looked decent, they tasted like cardboard.
As I took pictures of the lounge the espresso attendant started yelling at me in Italian. I don’t speak Italian, so just stood there as he yelled at me. When he was done I walked off. Not sure if they don’t allow pictures or what, but I’m happy he wasn’t able to effectively communicate that to me, or else I wouldn’t have any pictures to share. 😉
After being in the lounge for about 30 minutes we decided to check out the Le Anfore Lounge, which I’ll cover in the next installment.
At around 2:30PM we headed up to our departure gate, G11, for our flight to Boston.
At around 2:40PM they started boarding passengers that needed extra time to board, and at around 2:50PM they began business class boarding.
As far as I’m concerned Rome Airport is in the same category as London Heathrow or Paris Charles de Gaulle when it comes to clusterf*&$ery, and unlike those airports, there don’t seem to be any decent lounges either.