Final works completed on first floor of Rome's Termini station.
Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi inaugurated the second part of the recently-completed reception and commercial space on the first-floor of the capital's central Termini station on 19 July.
The 3,000-sqm Terrazza Termini, which overlooks the train tracks, is accessible by escalators and elevators, and also has direct access to adjoining streets Via Giolitti and Via Marsala.
Terrazza Termini, partially opened since 2016, provides a place where travellers can relax between train connections, and is designed to counteract the limited seating available on the crowded ground floor.
The modern steel and glass space is equipped with shopping and dining facilities, seating, free wi-fi, travel information display boards, air conditioning and toilets, all monitored by no less than 44 security cameras.
The project launched in 2012 and is financed with €130 million in funding from Grandi Stazioni (Gruppo FS) and Italy's transport ministry.
The terrazza is part of a much larger development which will include a 1,330-space car park – currently in construction – over the railway tracks. Once complete, the facility will provide parking spaces for more than 1,330 cars at the train station, with vehicle access from Via Marsala.
By 2020 the amount of parking spaces at Termini will increase from the current 275 (230 in Piazza dei Cinquecento and 45 on Via Marsala) to more than 1,600.
Termini is Italy's busiest train station, with around half a million passengers and 800 train services each day.