ItaliaPass Lounge, Mural Walls
Credit: Raffaele Fazioli

The coolest travel news out of Rome right now isn’t from the Vatican, the classic-turned cool neighborhood of Prati, or the cutting-edge MACRO contemporary art museum. Instead, it’s Rome’s bustling and iconic Termini train station, which is generating a bit of buzz with the opening of its new lounge.

Available exclusively to ItaliaPass members, the modern oasis, designed by architect Pierluca Maffey, features backlit murals of Rome (think evocative domes, cypress trees, and terracotta rooftops); smart leather furniture by Delta Salotti; free WiFi, complementary iPads and a Skype room; and all the espresso from Caffé Morganti coffee roasters (oh, and Grezzo chocolates) you might need to get you to your next train.

Another bonus: ItaliaPass members will also have exclusive access to guided city walks and Italian vintners and chefs, who will be doing tastings at the lounge.

Annual ItaliaPass memberships are normally $99 but are now on sale for $49, or can be added to an ItaliaRail ticket for $19. Considering ItaliaPass, created by ItaliaRail, is quickly emerging as the country’s premiere benefits program, perhaps this is a relatively small price to pay for la dolce vita.

For more information about the ItaliaPass Lounge access, go here.