I've never left a review before, but I thought this place was unique. I'll give the summary first with details below.
A very chill vibe. Alphaville is spacious with couches and chairs (if you've been to Italy, you already know how strange that is), with functioning wifi.
It is a two or three minute walk from the middle of the historic center, and this puts it just outside the tourists' beaten path.
The coffee is consistent. There's always a selection of good, cheap slices of pie, as well as microbrew beers.
The bathroom is spacious, functioning, clean, and with handsoap and hand towels (another rarity for Italy).
I've been there a few times and I'll definitely go back. There is a young, Italian couple who seem to always be working there. I assume they are the owners. They seem nice, quiet.
As for the details, it is about 100m from Palazzo Gallenga where the University for Foreigners is. So, the atmosphere seems to be a mix of local Italians and what seem to be (graduate?) university students mostly from other EU countries. So, the average age seems to run about 25-35. However, these are people living in Italy, so I wouldn't call them tourists. There are also the locals from the neighborhood. So, it is very cosmopolitan without being touristy.
The Italians here will argue politics just like in other cafès. However, here they will probably be closer to 35 instead of 65. I mentioned already that it is spacious. Most Italian cafès are made for people to drink their espressos while standing and leave immediately after, (therefore very little seating). This place is the opposite....very spacious with couches and chairs. As for the Wifi, I've been to lots of cafès with signs claiming to have it, but this is one of my few experiences where they actually did.
Now, as for the bathroom, this may not seem like a big deal, but again, if you've lived in or travelled through Italy, you know that most cafès' bathrooms are either extremely dirty, or don't have tp and/or handsoap, or the toilet doesn't flush, etc. This may not seem like a big deal....until you have to use the bathroom. Not feeling like you're going to catch hepatitis is a major difference maker at this place.
Overall, a very good experience.
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