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Rome taxis.. sharing sensible advice.

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I should have posted this last May when I was in Rome, but I've been reading some posts where travelers are (rightly so) looking at picking up a taxi at Termini.

I just want people posting here to know that there are still people trying to illegally pick up passengers there.

In my first piece of advice- don't get into a vehicle unless it has a Rome official taxi logo on the side. (http://www.roninrome.com/transportation/taxi-shuttles.

However, you should know that that doesn't guarantee you a proper or legal fare. In May, there were 1/2 dozen official taxi drivers "bidding" for passengers and negotiating fares. In my opinion, this is not right, but I don't see Rome officials doing anything about it.

There is not really a "taxi line" like you see in other places and like at say, the SM Novella station in Florence. True, the taxis are parked in the taxi area, but it is not a single file line with one person directing you to the next taxi in line.

Rather, in my situation, these 1/2-dozen drivers were asking me where I was going. When I said "Trastavere Station", the first guy says, 'Thirty Euro"! I'm like, WHA??? The next guy doesn't even want to take me. Finally, I yell (rather loudly I'm afraid).. "METER"! "Who is willing to take me as a metered fare?"

I see a taxi driver on the line who waves me over. I get into his taxi. Meter said E15 when we got to my apartment (what I expected). He got a good tip, too, for being honest.

I just don't know how to tell people they have to speak up here in order not to get ripped off. It just seems to easy at Termini. (First visit, some guy walked off with our luggage and we asked "official", he says yes, we get to his van and no... no insignia. We took our luggage back.)

Any other frequent Rome Termini visitors, please do give us your input. Thanks!

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