I'll be meeting up with my travel companion at Termini station, and I'm looking for a recommendation on where we should plan to meet. Is there a good (visible, safe) cafe in the station that someone can recommend? I'm afraid with customs at the airport, I'll have a few hours to waste, so I'm looking for someplace half pleasant!
There is a good coffee shop on the mezzanine level (I think it is called Momento) with views down to the train platforms and arrival/departure boards-- tables inside the shop and along the mezzanine hall. Loos nearby. Get a newspaper from one of the shops and spend a pleasant few hours watching the world go by.
I think that's the track level, which isn't the uppermost; there's a mezzanine level above it. On that map, the grandistazioni.it site (which I guess is the source of the map) shows Café Moka just beyond the head of track 24, in the big gray block on the left.
Originally posted by dragonpat: This part of the map says that is the mezzanine level of Termini
Right- the Momento cafe I mentioned above is just above the words "Galleria Centrale"-- the seating is inside and around the outside of that box- you can look down onto the main hall from the outside tables. For me, it is the most peaceful location in Termini, making it a good spot for a layover. The lower (subway) level is mayhem; there is a grocery store down there, though-- you may find that helpful/ interesting.
BTW, there is a pretty good 2-story bookshop just at the Cinqucento entrance, right around the word "altrio" on the mezzanine map. Reasonable English selection, including travel guides.
there's a mezzanine level above it. On that map, the grandistazioni.it site (which I guess is the source of the map)
This is probably whay I was confused. I had never been to the mezzanine level of Termini. All the American Mezzanines I know about were beween the main floor (ground) and the first floor European (between the first and second floor American). I had always presumed that there was some incomplete floor between the metro level and the street level that I had never seen. I had thought the root word for Mezzanine was meso which means "between".
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