I have frequently defended Roman taxi drivers on this website because I have only had good experiences. But this last trip left me a little frustrated. We arrived to Termini and tried to catch a taxi to our hotel which I knew was only a short distance away. (Why take a taxi then? I pack light but my family does not). But every driver was trying to charge me 25-30 euro, feeding me stupid lines about "flat rates from Termini". I was in the taxi line. I was prepared to pay extra for the big bags but not double/triple the price. I couldn't get anyone to just agree to turn on the meter. Even the fact that I speak Italian and made it very clear I know Rome did not help at all. We ended up walking because I was annoyed. I confirmed with the hotel that it should have been 10 Euro.
For the remainder of the trip, the taxis were fairly priced and the drivers friendly.
Has anyone else had this experience with Termini?
Don't worry- I still love Rome and still had a great trip!