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It's not you, it's Rome. Taxis generally won't stop if you hail them.
Unlike places like New York City, many taxis in Rome won’t stop at a hailing request even if their light is on. This could be because they are on their way to a hotel or another place where someone has called the taxi office for a pick up. Don’t be discouraged though, there are many taxi stations or ‘taxi stands’ as they tend to be called, that stay open well into the night! If you would like to call for an immediate pick up, the official number is 060609. Alternatively, you can visit the website www.060608.it and there is the list of all 65 taxi stations in Rome for you to go to. The main taxi stations are:
o Largo Torre Argentina (between Pantheon & Trastevere)
o Piazza Fiume (Villa Borghese)
o Piazza Venezia
o Piazza G. Belli (Trastevere)
o Piazzale Ostiense
o Piazza S.Silvestro (Fontana di Trevi)
o Piazza dei Cinquecento (Termini Station)
o Piazzale della Stazione Tiburtina
o Metro A Anagnina
o Piazzale della Stazione del Lido (Ostia)
o Piazza Risorgimento (Vatican)
Other useful advice
Rome’s official tourism site advises that you should always ensure the meter is running from the moment the journey begins. Make sure you always ask for a receipt at the end of the journey with the following information: “details of the journey, the licence number, the fare and the driver’s signature.” For more useful tips on riding in Rome’s taxis visit the same links above.
Rome does have alternative forms of taxis such as ‘über’ but as it is still an emerging trend, we recommend the safest option which are official and certified white taxis.