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Taxi Tips Please: 4 + Infant - Paris & Rome

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We are usually "Public Transportation" people. Know Paris well and visit frequently, but haven't been to Rome in 40 years. As we've aged, especially at night, we will pay for a cab back to the hotel if we've enjoyed the wine or it's late and we're tired, instead of using the metro, but not in a larger group.

Our upcoming situtation: We arrive Paris, Gare de l'Est at 23:00, after a full day of traveling with an 11 month old. Normally, we would just take the #4 metro line to St. Michel or Odéon to reach our hotel (a short walk away), but we will be traveling with a jet lagged family, each with a small suitcase or back pack, and a stroller. My first inclination is, "We can do this" (metro), but I'm not sure that's the smartest thing to do. Which would you take under the circumstances, taxi or metro?

Re: Taxi etiquette in general...My memories of "way back when", when traveling with my parents as a larger family together, were that taxis wouldn't take more than 3 passengers. More than 3, you had to take 2 separate cabs.

Today, I know that there are van taxis...but what is the protocol? If we queue up and are next at the Taxi stand and it's a sedan, not a van, will they allow 3 in back/one up front or make us wait (letting others go ahead) until a van is finally next? Or will a van further back in line, get out of the rank and pull forward? How does that work in a Taxi line?

Same questions, sort of, for Rome. We have arranged for personal shuttle service from airport to Rome, but what pointers can anyone give us for transportation in Rome proper with an infant during our 3 days there?

I am planning on using the bus close to our hotel or walking mainly, but realize there may be situations for saving time and energy when a taxi might be the right choice. What are the do's and don'ts for Rome taxis? Again, how does it work for 4 + infant? I speak fluent French, but little Italian so there is a disadvantage there in Rome.

Thanks for any help/observations/opinions...this type of travel with baby will be a first for us. As young parents, we never took our kids much further than the next state to go camping, besides the mandatory cross-country trip to see grandparents so we're looking forward to the learning experience...but we want it to go as well as possible! Thanks!

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