"We are either being robbed or this is a kidnaping" I thought to myself as the taxi we were in pulled into a junkyard under an overpass.

Pompeii

Florence

Tips for using Taxis in Italy:

  1. Only get in to marked taxis


  2. Get your taxi from the taxi stand or have your hotel clerk arrange for pickup.


  3. Ask how much it will cost before you get in to the taxi.


  4. To keep the actual cost close to the quoted fair a taxi driver may driver very aggressively in traffic.


  5. If you feel uncomfortable with the driver, get a different taxi.


Information on Identifying and evading pickpockets is available on the Spain Travel Guide.


Here are some links to authoritative resources regarding safe travel in Italy:


  1. US Dept. of State