Alitalia has opened flagship lounges at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa airports.

The new lounges, which embody a “concept of Italian hospitality”, have been designed to be more like an Italian home than a public space, according to Alitalia. The materials used in the lounges – from the marble to the lighting and the backdrops – embody Italian culture and way of life.

A live cooking area showcases Italian culinary skills with chefs preparing a selection of pasta dishes and pizzas in front of the guests twice a day. There is also a buffet area and staffed bar area where guests can try a selection of Italian wines or a typical aperitivo.

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Features of the new lounges also includes VIP and meeting rooms, a library, a prayer area, bathrooms with showers and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Casa Alitalia at Rome Fiumicino is located on the site of the previous “Giotto” lounge, in boarding area G. It covers an area of about 800 square metres, with over 115 seats for guests.

At Milan Malpensa airport, Casa Alitalia is located in the Satellite Nord boarding area and covers about 500 square metres, with over 90 seats. Guests of Casa Alitalia at Malpensa will also be able to board the aircraft directly from the lounge by means of a dedicated air jetty.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cramer Ball, the Italian Airline’s CEO, said: “With Casa Alitalia we will showcase Italian excellence and style in an elegant yet relaxed setting, where a warm welcome with attention to details will make our guests from all over the world feel as they were in a typical Italian home.

“The opening of these new lounges is a further step in the re-launch plan of our ground and in-flight services. We aim to become the best airline in Europe, and to achieve this we must ensure excellent service for our passengers before, during and after their flights.”

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The lounge is open to Alitalia’s Freccia Alata Plus and Freccia Alata members, as well as SkyTeam Elite Plus members, holders of long-haul and medium-haul Alitalia Business Class tickets and holders of Alitalia American Express Platinum cards flying with Alitalia.

Admission to the lounges can be purchased for €30 and can be purchased online or at the airport.

Additionally, renovation and improvement work has been completed at lounges in Venice, Catania, Milan Linate and at the former “Dolce Vita” lounge in Terminal 1 of Rome Fiumicino airport.