Taxis

 

There is a fixed rate to take a taxi to or from the airport to anywhere within the city walls.  This fixed rate from FCO is 48 euros.  This if for up to 4 people with their luggage.  Be sure to get an official taxi from the taxi rank and ignore anyone who approaches you offering a ride, regardless if they claim to work for the airport or be in some other "official" capacity.  The taxi rank is what  you're looking for and is the only way to be sure to get the official fixed rate.   Be aware  **the fixed rate is only for hotels within the walls of the city*** if you are staying outside the city this rate doesn't apply and you'll be on the meter.

Taxi drivers in Rome, taken as a whole, are no better and no worse than taxi drivers in any major city. Most of them will take you to your destination by the fastest route (which may not be the shortest) and will charge the price shown on the meter plus permitted extra charges of €1 for each bag after the first in the luggage area and €1 for each passenger after the fourth.

Take care to always use an official taxi, licenced by the City of Rome. They are white, with a "TAXI" sign on the roof and the Rome crest (with "SPQR") on the doors. They have a meter, which should always be used unless you are travelling between central Rome (Aurelian walls), main train stations and one of the two airports (Fiumicino and Ciampino). Look to be certain it is being used.

Fixed price to airports. There is a fixed price from central Rome (within the old walls, called Aurelian walls) to the airports and vice versa: €48 for Fiumicino and €30 for Ciampino, including luggage. Don't use "City of Fiumicino" official taxi at Fiumicino airport to go to central Rome: you'll pay a fixed price of €60 (instead of €48).  If you are travelling between an airport and somewhere outside the old walls (excepted other specific destinations like train stations) normal metered charges apply. The most recent link to check for the current prices is here:

 http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopi...

Many complaints about rip-offs arise from someone using a vehicle that is not an official taxi. Ignore touts who may approach you at an airport or train station, offering a "taxi" service. Follow the signs to the taxi rank, and use an official taxi.

Even with the meter, a few drivers may try to rip you off. You may allow a euro per bag, but otherwise they should go by the meter. Make a note of the taxi number plate so that you can report any problem by a complaint form. Misunderstandings can arise over payment, especially as tourists may be unfamiliar with euro currency. Have small change and count it out slowly as you pay, as they have been known to switch your 50 for a 10 (similar color) and claim that is what you gave him. Report them if there are problems. Have one person stay in car while the other watches luggage loading/unloading. However, most tourists have no problems with the taxi drivers.

Tipping: It is not necessary to tip for anything in Italy. However, it is customary to round up taxi fares to a convenient amount. 

Should you feel you've been cheated by one of the licenced taxis, the link for the English version of the Rome Comune's official complaint form is here.
 
There are some explanatory notes on the Italian version, intended to assist in the identification of the offending vehicle and its driver - roughly, they translate as.....

1 TAXI licence number
Shown on the vehicle's front doors (near the symbol of the Comune of Rome) and also on notices beside the numberplate on the rear of the vehicle and affixed to the inside of the left rear passenger's door.
 
2 Name of the driver
Shown, together with the TAXI licence number, on the notice affixed to the inside of the left passenger door (in some cases, instead of a person's name, that of the relevant taxi cooperative is shown)

3 Radio Taxi company
The Radio Taxi firms operating in Rome are as follows: 3570 Radiotaxi - 6645 Prontotaxi - 4994 La Capitale - 4157 Tevere - 8822 Eurocosmo - 5551 Samarcanda - 5601646 Ostia Lido

4 Radio Taxi abbreviation
Varies depending by Radio Taxi company, but a name (an Italian or foreign city, country, river, star or gemstone) followed by a number.  


Rental Cars

 

There are lots of rental agencies at both airports. Here is a list of the popular car rental companies that service Rome:

Sixt rent a car 

Hertz

Avis

And several other local car rental companies.


By Car

 

Private car with driver in Rome / Shutte Service in Rome 

You can pre-book a pick up in Rome or at the airport in a private car  at - http://www.romecabs.com, and  www.romeshuttlelimousine.com,  These are highly rated companies that are recommended on the Rome travel forum all the time.

A cab between the city centre (within Aurelian walls) and FCO costs €48, or €30 for Ciampino; this is a set fare day or night - don't let them charge you more (they may try). Perhaps rather late now but, for a map of the area covered by the set airport fares, see... 

http://www.comune.roma.it/PCR/resourc...

 

For a useful tool to calculate taxi fares, check out  Rome Taxi Fare Finder

Once you arrive in town, you can decide how to get to the sites.  You should find Rome easy to walk EVERYWHERE.  You get to see more, meander in and out of shops, and it is no more than 45-50 minutes to any sites you will want to see in major downtown areas.  You do need good shoes as the brick or cobblestone streets are tough on your feet and legs.