Termini Station is the beating heart of Rome, a little big world people usually rush through, but also a place worth spending some time at if you’re not just running after your next train!
“The dinosaur” – as Termini is nicknamed after the sinuous white roof covering its main entrance – had a very different appearance until the Great Jubilee in 2000, when some important restoration works started to reshape it.
The station has a quite monumental side along via Giolitti, a place I love: a real architectural gem called Cappa Mazzoniana (a kind of majestic, fireplace marble hood designed in the 1930s by architect Angiolo Mazzoni); after being used for a long time as a warehouse, the place was reopened to the public in 2008 with a restaurant which did not have enough success, thus closing shortly after.
The area remained mostly abandoned until October 2016, when the company behind the success of Mercato Centrale of Florence planned to open a new Mercato Centrale in Rome.
The Cappa Mazzoniana is returning to its original function, as before becoming a warehouse it was used to house the kitchens for the preparation of food catering for trains. Usually packed during peak hours (climb to the upper floors to have less crowds) Mercato Centrale has a wide choice of restaurants and shops of typical Italian products, with that scenographic market atmosphere of vendors trying to attract passers-by with their daily menu and products.
A treat for the palate and a feast for the eyes!