We are arriving in Rome on March 16th. I thought I would pass this info along. I received the following e-mail from Rome Cabs. This sounds pretty ominous, and I hope all works out well for them.
We have you booked for the airport pick up below,
While we are always reliable and on time a big problem arised.
The government is about to change the licensing law for limousine and cab services making it very difficult if not impossible to work for us.
The new law was written by politicians elected by the Taxi drivers.
Off course the Taxi drivers do not like us because we are offering a much better service at almost the same price.
Unfortunately our trade union declared a strike of LImo Cabs NCC on MArch 16th,
There wil be a big March and all of us will go there with our vehicles,in my case 19 family men with their sedans and vans.
That's the day when we have you booked.
There will be big guys picketing the airport making sure nobody of us will be working and the ones working can expect their car smashed,or some people throwing stones putting the safety of the clients in Danger.
The Taxis will be working normally and cost to you hotel will be 40 Euros fixed rate.
For the firts time ever I suggest you use the Taxi for your airport pick up.
They are readily avaliable just outside the terminal.
Please let me know if this is Ok.
Having been prepared to use Rome Cabs for our trip from the airport to our hotel, we are now going to figure out whether a cab or train is our best bet. I remember reading posts about there being 2 different cabs in Rome - one which charges a set fee of 40E and the other possibly trying to charge you more - both white in color but having different logos. Could someone please tell me which cab company is the "official" one?
I am not going to let this put a damper on anything, although it's not a way that I'd choose to start our trip. Italy awaits and we are looking so forward to meeting her.