Among fake illegal taxis, people who offer you “skip-the-line” tickets and street vendors scammaldini, a naive tourist can become the victim of various inconveniences.
Here are our “Safety Tips to Live Rome” like a Roman avoiding any kind of scam.
Our first “safety tips to live Rome” is about:
1 – TAXI
A – FARES, BE AWARE OF THE FARES!
the taxi driver could choose the longest or most busy road to raise the price or could add extra costs (such as tolls or a baggage fee or number of passengers).
In big cities like Rome, taximeters can hardly be tampered, but a dishonest taxi driver could, for example, insert the nightly or weekend fare, usually higher, to raise the final amount.
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B – FIUMICINO – ROMA (direct)
Since you are going to the center of Rome, you must explicitly ask the taxi driver to use the fixed rate. The fixed rates are as follows:
– From Fiumicino to Rome (inside the Aurelian Walls | Termini Station) fixed rate of € 48.00 including supplements.
Other fixed rates, all-inclusive of all surcharges, with other destinations are:
– Tiburtina Station: € 55.00
– Civitavecchia Port: € 120.00
– New Fiera di Roma: € 25.00
C – CIAMPINO – ROMA (direct)
Taxis stop to reach Rome is in the square in front of the airport itself.
From Ciampino to Rome (inside the Aurelian Walls) the journey time is about 30 minutes, with a flat rate of € 30.00 including supplements.
The fixed rate of € 30.00 is per vehicle.
The fixed tariffs, all-inclusive of all surcharges, with other destinations are:
Tiburtina Station: € 35.00
Ostiense station: € 30.00
Fiumicino Airport: € 50.00
D – PAY ATTENTION WHEN YOU GET THE CHANGE:
“Trick of the wrong change”: sometimes some taxi drivers, taking advantage of the fact that tourists are not familiar with the local currency, voluntarily provide a wrong change.
Other times they could be so skilled to exchange the banknote you’ve provided with a smaller one, having already the change ready for the wrong banknote.
Do not use large bills to pay the taxi, but try to always give the exact amount that is required. Alternatively use the card, they have a card reader.
E – ILLEGAL TAXI:
Many unlicensed taxi drivers roam the Fiumicino Terminal 3, Ciampino airport and Termini station.
Sometimes they could offer discounts pretending to be a Uber driver.
The abusive drivers are not obliged to undergo regular checks on alcohol and drugs, do not respect the shift, do not pay taxes and may not have insurance. Therefore we do not recommend you using them.
Be wary of any taxi that is not located in the area assigned to them.
You will always find them in line outside the airport.
You can also call the “Radio Taxi” 063570 service or reserve private drivers with a license here on nearstation.com by clicking the button aside
Our second “safety tips to live Rome” is about:
2- STREET VENDOR
A – COLOSSEUM/VATICAN SKIP-THE-LINE:
Near the Colosseum / Vatican you will find a series of promoters, who will try to sell you the “skip-the-line” tickets, with the excuse to shorten the waiting time to visit the attraction and ask for up to three times the normal ticket price.
“So, to skip the line just make a reservation online and there is no price increase”.
B – BOTTLES OF WATER:
Once arrived at the Colosseum, many street vendors will try to sell you bottles of water. The price is increased and the hygienic conditions for storage are not respected.
Buy water only in shops or use the fountains of Rome where the water is drinkable and free.
C – PICKPOCKETS:
The pickpockets are camouflaged among the crowd.
A trick often used at the entrance of the meter is to: encircle the victim, push hard to enter, waiting to take advantage of the moment of closing of the doors to rob and escape.
Keep your backpack / bag in front of you, in your arms. Put your wallets and mobile phones in areas that are not easily accessible.
D – FREE GIFTS:
Some street vendors pretend to give you roses or bracelets. In the best case they persecute you and continually disturb you until you pay. In the worst case together with the bracelet, a knife is placed on your wrist asking you to deliver your belongings.
In Rome nobody will give you anything for free. Do not answer any questions and do not get close to these people.
E – GLADIATOR:
They lend themselves for a souvenir photo, maybe a selfie with your mobile phone. A selfie that can cost up to 40 euros.
Do not get approached by anyone.
Our third “safety tips to live Rome” is about:
3 – RESTAURANTS AND FOOD
A – PRICE INCREASE:
Many restaurants, especially in the more touristy areas, could raise the prices of their menus considerably or voluntarily make a “mistake” when they give you a change.
Always check the prices on the menu before consuming.
B – TABLE SERVICE:
You might be invited to sit at the table to make a drink (coffee, wine …). You may have the nasty surprise of paying two coffee 10€ due to table service.
Always ask if the table service is free, otherwise ask for the price of the service.
C – EATING NEAR THE MONUMENTS:
Do not stay near the monuments when you are having a snack otherwise you could be fined