In both instances, it was a case of "let the buyer beware" and we can only blame ourselves for being well and truly ripped off!
In the laundry instance, we took our washing to a local laundry service, predominately a dry cleaners, but also with washing machine facilities. We asked for our washing to be done in the machine and specified that only two shirts be ironed.
We returned to collect our washing, to be aghast at the 120 Euros bill!
Yes, it was a per item charge and included ironing everything, immaculately, even our underwear. We did not have the language skills to argue, so forked out the ransom ansd wondered why our washing had not been gilded at the price.
Later, a block further down the street we found the laundromat the hotel had actually directed us to. Meanwhile we worked out we could have dined out several times, or purchased fifty rounds of pastisse and a beer for the same price!
Our second rip off encounter occured outside Roma Centale station. A taxi tout approached my travel companion and we ended up paying fifty, rather than the fifteen Euro going rate according to the Hotel proprietors, for a very short journey indeed!
The driver took off like a shot the minute he delivered our luggage to the hotel. We did not tip him, nor indeed, M Bastard of the Paris Laundry service.
Sadly, in the long toilet que at the Colusseum I met another young women who had suffered the same taxi tout rip off as her introduction to Rome. Neither of us gained a good first impressions of this wonderful city as a result.
Always use the official taxi que at the Rome station and anywhere else for that matter and ignore anyone who approaches you and offers to carry your luggage, lest you fall victim to the same scam!
Fortunately, I believe in karma!