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He Musta Saw Us a-Comin': A Brief, Cautionary Tale about Taxis in Rome

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I haven't been one to write trip reports, but feel that I must put this confession out there: I was fleeced by a taxi driver in Rome, and have (more or less) only myself to blame. Here is the brief tale, and a lesson for us all.

Upon arrival at Termini Stazione from Perugia, my wife and I hurriedly helped our DD2 and her husband purchase tickets and find their imminently departing train to Naples. Then we staggered out the front doors and were met by a very kind man who helped us with our luggage into his waiting taxi. We told him our destination near the Pantheon and its address, and he whisked us away. Reaching the hotel, the driver charged us 42 &euro , and after helping us with our bags, was impatient to get on his way. I handed him 45 &euro and told him to keep the change. Only then did I notice that there was no meter.

Later, when asked, the desk clerk informed me that the usual fare to the hotel was 10-12 &euro !

What I learned from this experience (actually already knew, but neglected to do):
1.) Be very wary when persons approach and grab your luggage (duh!).
2.) Don't get into a taxi that isn't in the taxi line.
3.) Don't get into a taxi that doesn't have or use a meter.
4.) Don't fail to ask in advance how much the fare will be.
5.) Don't allow yourself to be rushed or flustered when dealing with a cab driver.
6.) Don't spend 45 &euro when the fare is only 12 &euro.

The fare from Termini Stazione to most of Rome's historic center is only around 12 &euro. You can get all the way from Rome's historic center to Fiumicino Airport for 48 &euro, for crying out loud!

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