tipping the limo driver in Italy

Sep 16th, 2012, 02:55 PM
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tipping the limo driver in Italy

I'm sure this must have been asked and answered, but I'm not finding it.
We've arranged through our B&B for a driver to pick us up at the Naples airport and drive us to Amalfi. Same driver will return us to Naples 8 days later. I have no idea what the nature of the relationship is between the inn owner and the driver, nor whether the driver is his own boss. The fee is 220 E for the roundtrip. Please advise whether and how much you all would tip him. Appreciate very much any advice.
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Sep 16th, 2012, 03:12 PM
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I would tip the traditional 10%.
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Sep 16th, 2012, 03:14 PM
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The driver won't be expecting a tip. Well, OK, if you're American, he'll be hoping you have the American tipping virus.

I would probably only tip (and then, a small amount like 5-10 euros) if the driver had to wait at the airport because your flight was delayed, carried your luggage some distance to/from the car, or if he gave truly exceptional service such as acting a bit like a tour guide along the way, giving you historical or cultural info about the area, etc.
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Sep 16th, 2012, 04:17 PM
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I too tip about 10% in europe - rather than the 20% I would in the US.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 09:05 AM
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thanks for the advice. Having been a tipped employee at one point in my life, I like to "do the right thing" without overdoing it. 10E each way would be about 10%, so I think I'll go for that.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 10:05 AM
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Is he going to carry your bags up lots of steps once you arrive? If you've got a lot of stuff, think about that.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 10:09 AM
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Do you know who the driver is? 220 round trip to the Amalfi from the airport is a nice price.

I think it is rude to assume that Italians look at Americans hoping for money. Most Italian taxi drivers are professionals with a professional attitude. Maybe if you only go to the worst tourist places, where the drivers have become cynical, you get that attitude. But even on the Amalfi, the taxi drivers take great pride in what they do, driving that road all the time. They don't look at tourists cynically.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 11:23 AM
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I think he might expect to carry our suitcases (1 large one each) up the steps to the inn. Typically, we carry our own but the 80 or so steps and my SO's bum knee might change our usual routine. I'm glad you pointed that out and will add to our planned tip. We won't have euros til later that day and the inn owner has assured me that it won't be a problem, so I assume it's either a relative/friend, or someone he refers business to routinely who trusts him. The arrangement seems to be that we will pay the inn owner who will forward the payment to the driver in some fashion.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 11:30 AM
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Yes, I am sure you can trust the inn owner to deliver your payment and any gratuity you wish to add. Even if the driver is not a relative, then the owners are his "clients", and they have a special relationship.

It is very impressive that these drivers carry the luggage up the many stairs, even in the hot sun. They appreciate the tip, but they also appreciate it when visitors recognize they are professionals and appreciate their skill and courtesy.
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