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  1. #11
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    Default Late Arrival

    Hi Lourdes,

    Thank you for the advice! After thinking about it, I don't think I would feel comfortable leaving my luggage in the taxi. How would you say in Italian "Please wait for me. I will be back but I want to take my luggage with me to be safe. I will be back in 10 minutes." I hope that doesnt offend the driver.

    In the worse case, I would rather have the taxi leave and have to walk 15 minutes to catch another one than to have to go through the trouble of trying to locate my luggage because I left it in the taxi and I was taking too long.

    Thank you once again.

  2. #12
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    You definitely have to do what you're more comfortable with!

    You could also have the one handing over the keys meet you at the apartment... or meet you at your cab on your first stop.

    You can also go to your first stop and get off, particularly if you're at an agency and need to complete form and not sure how long it might take... maybe too long to have the cab waiting while the meter is running.
    In that case, definitely take two cabs!
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  3. #13
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    Default Late Night Cabs

    Because of a missed train connection, we arrived unexpectedly at Firenze Campo Di Marte train station at about 2:00 a.m. on a Thursday. Along with a few other passengers, we called the numbers on the taxi stand sign. Everyone else's taxi came quickly (they were all Italian speakers) but my daughter who has the most Italian of all of us, had trouble understanding the dispatcher/recording she was hearing when she called. (She was not able to use English as we had been in the past calling cabs.) It seemed to involve instructions for a text/SMS message? A car finally came for us, at least 20 minutes after everyone else was gone, but we think it was the same driver that had previously picked up another of our fellow missed connection travelers (We think he sent it back to check on us - he had been very helpful in explaining our situation to the conductors on the trains we eventually used to get back to Florence).

    We are just curious if there is a certain procedure for getting a late night cab. I'd like our daughter to know as she is staying here until Christmas.

  4. #14
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    Very sorry to hear of your troubles when you arrived in Florence, particularly with the missed train connection - never any fun finding the best next one to get to where you want!

    As you might have ready in my earlier posts on this particular thread, when you call a taxi here in Florence they give you the name of the taxi that you're to expect. It generally is the name of a city and a number - such as Berlino 125 or Roma 456 or something of that sort. They say it in such a matter-of-fact voice that you might miss it if not prepared for it, since they don't tell you "here is the name of your cab" before saying it. It is just likely that with so many cabs arriving for all the passengers, someone else took yours!

    Definitely your daughter needs to know how to call one during her time here, and also know that after 9pm, if she's alone, she should catch a cab and get a small discount. She needs to ask for the 10% discount off the rate given for women traveling alone at night once she arrives at destination, they won't give it automatically.

    So when you call a cab, just indicate the address where you're at, be prepared for their answer:
    the approximate time it will take for the taxi to come pick you up and the name of the cab - or maybe in the other order, don't recall right now!

    You can also call for a taxi with a text (SMS) message.
    For the 055-4242 So.Co.Ta. taxi company, the number is: 334-6622550
    while for the 055-4390 taxi company the number is: 333.8077555 (this second one also offers calls with Skype at "taxi.firenze")

    In the message, send the address where you need to be picked up (street and number).
    If it's a restaurant, hotel, cinema or something like that, indicate the name of the place and add your last name to the message.
    You'll get an SMS confirming your taxi with the name of the cab and the estimated time for it to arrive at your address.
    In this way, you can also reserve a taxi for tomorrow or another date... for example:
    "via aretina, 12 - per le 6.15 del 02 novembre - Rossi" (the address, time and date for pick up, last name).
    Oh.... if you're heading OUT of Florence, in the SMS indicate that your destination is out of Florence so they'll send the appropriate taxi.... otherwise is is always assumed your destination is Florence.

    Hope this doesn't happen to you or your daughter again!
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