My weekend in Rome had a bad start because of the taxi I took from Fiumicino airport to Four Points Hotel.
As shown on the Google Map, the route from the airport to the hotel is about 25 kilometers and the usual price should be around €30-40 depends on the traffic. Before I arrived, S already warned me about the taxi drivers in Rome; they are notorious in making people pay extra money by driving around or choosing the longer route. When I arrived at Rome airport, I also noticed that a new fixed tariff was implemented from the airport to the city. Perfect I thought. I was confident stepping into a cap, directing him to the hotel.
On the way we started chatting in Italian; in the meantime I saw some pages about the new tariff again in the taxi. I thought everything should be fine but I also noticed that he didn’t start the machine of calculating distances. I was worried but hoping that this seems-nice-taxi-drive would ask for the fix tariff of €30. When we arrived at the airport, he said "sessanta euro". What? 60 euros? Is he crazy or I have problem with understanding his Italian? I confirmed again but he ensured the price was correct. Looking at his face I just wanted to pay and run away.
Later I double checked with the hotel, they told me that €60 is not that bad because these taxi drivers even dared to ask for €180 before. Okay think in another way, this time I paid my tuition of learning how taxi drivers might behave in Rome.
當我們抵達旅館之後，他開口跟我說，60 歐！什麼？我聽了心都慌了，再次確定，他睜大了眼像是要把我吞下去般地確定我要付 60 歐元，我心想我的義大利文還沒流利到可以罵人，只好付了錢快快逃離。進到旅館後，我問了前台跟Ｓ同名的服務人員，他說，60 歐元的確是比一般正常行車速度下該收的 35 – 40 歐，不過還不算太糟。嗯？沒講錯吧？是的，因為他曾經聽說有位客人從機場到旅館就付了 180 歐元！
Relative Information about Taxi tariff in Rome:
Fixed rates from and to the airports