I am sorry, but we really have to talk about the state of Rome’s toilets. I know I usually post some pretty photos of the Eternal City, but you will have to bear with me for this post.
Because what the what is going on here?? How are all the bathrooms in Rome this terrible?
It is like people purposefully rip off the seats.
Oh, and do not get me started on bidets in public restrooms. The first time I saw one at my university in Rome, I lost it. Who would want to use a PUBLIC BIDET?
The whole situation makes going to the bathroom when you are out exploring Rome is truly a harrowing experience. You never know what you are going to find behind Door Number 1.
98% of the time, there will be no seat. 75% of the time there will be no toilet paper.
Then comes the true fun of figuring out how to flush the thing. Button on the wall? Button on the floor? Chain pulley from the ceiling? Plunger on top of the water tank?
So what are my pro tips for a pleasant pee in Rome if you are out all day sightseeing and hydrating?
1. Walk into the first luxury hotel you see like a boss. Your best bet is to pass for guest and bee line for the bathroom that they always have on the ground floor. However, if you can’t easily spot it, casually ask where their hotel bar is, like you just need a cappuccino or a glass of wine. The bathroom will either be back at the bar, or you can ask the barman.
2. When all else fails, McDonald’s. For God’s sake, do not order food there. Just use the facilities and the free wifi as necessary. Desperate times call for desperate measures.