Old funicular connecting the center of Bergamo with Città Alta (Upper Town), Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy
Tips And Tricks For Navigating Taxi Rides On Your Next Italy Trip
From reckless drivers to inflated meters to union strikes, Italy presents unique challenges when it comes to taxis. Luckily, these tips and tricks can help you find a good ride.
Local municipalities regulate Italian taxis, and each has its own rules. Drivers must follow strict regulations and have a taxi driving license displayed in the cab.
Avoid unlicensed taxis, which do not operate on a meter and can charge exorbitant rates. Licensed taxis are always white, marked with stickers, and have a taxi sign on the roof.
You can't hail a taxi on the go in Italy — they are usually found at designated taxi stands, and booking in advance is more reliable. Apps like IT Taxi or Free Now can help.
Italian taxis start with a base fare, which varies depending on the city, time of day, and day of the week. There may be additional charges for luggage and specific destinations.
Always ask for an estimated fare before you hop in and demand that the driver use the meter. You should also know specifically where you're going and write it down on paper.
While most taxi drivers in Italy are honest, having a map handy or using your smartphone's GPS can help avoid the "scenic route," a way for the driver to charge more.
While more taxis now accept credit cards, many drivers prefer or only take cash. Ask for a receipt, especially if you need to report a complaint or for business expense purposes.
Ensure that your cabbie has "Tarrifa 1" on the meter. If it says "Tarrifa 2" or "Tarrifa 3", the driver is charging the double or triple rate reserved for beyond the city walls.
Tipping is not expected but appreciated. Most cab drivers do not speak English fluently, so you'll have a better rapport with them if you attempt to speak some Italian.