Mantua tips for dummies - How to call a taxi

Visiting Mantua, you may need to call a taxi (cab).
When you are in front of the Rail Station, in Sordello Square (Ducal Palace) or at the Teatro Sociale, there is no problem: a taxi station is close to you.
But if you are anywhere else you have to make a phone call.... and it's not so easy: a recorded voice will answer your call, speaking only in Italian!
So here you have all the tips you need.

1) Before making the call, take note of where you are: the street/ square number or the name of a landmark (for example "Palazzo Te", or "Teatro Bibbiena").

2) Then dial on your phone: +39 376 368844 (if you have an Italian phone, just dial 0376 368844).

3) A recorded voice will answer you saying:
"Risponde l'operatore automatico Radio Taxi Mantova. Dopo il segnale acustico avete cinque secondi di tempo per comunicare il vostro indirizzo completo e rimanere in linea"
["This is the automatic answer from Radio Taxi Mantua. After the beep, you have five seconds to provide with your location and then hang on"]

4) After the "beep", provide with your location.

5) The company will look for the nearest taxi. The voice will say:
"Stiamo cercando il vostro taxi, attendete prego"
["We are looking for your taxi, please wait"].
It can takes some time: just wait hanging on.

6) After several seconds, the voice will say :
"Arriva il taxi XXXX  in X minuti. Se accettate dite sì"
["The taxi - name and number of the taxi* - is coming in minutes - number of minutes to wait fo the cab -, if you agree, say 'Si' (Yes)"]
You have to confirm your booking saying yes, using the Italian word "Si".

7) Hang up: your taxi will arrive soon.

*Please note that taxis are white cars, their name is composed by the name of a city and a number (for example "Padova 8", "Parma 12", "Verona 13" and so on). Please, check on the side of the car that the taxi coming is the one you've booked.

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