Friday, February 29, 2008

Info about Toilets in Italy

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 22 November 2009)

Here are some links and comments and observations about toilets (also known as (AKA) bagno, WC, etc.) in Italy:

  • Public Restrooms – Firenze/Florence – Source: Within the Hospitality subsection of Information for tourists section of City of Florence – "The official web sote of the City of Florence" – In English, Italian
  • The words for men’s room is uomo and women’s room is donna (or some language variation) or there are international symbols on the door or they are unisex. Yes, Virginia, that means a man may be standing outside the door waiting to enter the facilities.
  • Many toilets (WC or bagno) in Italy are NOT free! You will usually need a 50 cent piece for entry.
  • The toilets on the Autostrata toll roads (read Interstate) are usually free but the attendant leaves a plate for tips, you can leave a 10 or 20 cent piece or nothing.
  • While we are talking about toilets, they come in all shapes and sizes.
  • To flush an Italian toilet, there may be a small push-up metal rod or a string located above the toilet seat on the bottom of the water tank or to the side of the water tank or there is a metal, rubber or plastic button next to it on the wall or on it but you will need to look for it.
  • Usually, there are no handles on the water tank or foot levers.
  • You may run into some toilets without running water and/or toilet paper.
  • Be prepared and bring a few packages of Kleenex or something equivalent. A waterless hand sanitizer is nice to have with you.
  • PLEASE NOTE: There are a large number of toilets in Italy without seats. You may have to squat.
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That's it for Friday, 29 February 2008: venerdì, 29 febbraio 2008.

Ciao, Ben

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(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 22 November 2009)

2 comments: said...

Great source of info Ben. One of those things that you don't think about planning for but comes in handy. I enjoy your blog. Ciao - Joe

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quite detailed and useful infos - tnx