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1. Posted by JJforever (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

See i have a problem with having to go to the bathroom alot so i really need to know if there is plenty of washrooms and public stalls to go in. Im not joking here im being serious!! Im going to London,Paris,Rome, and Venice. Just let me know if there is lots of washrooms and where etc. thanks so much

2. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 10y

stayhungry, can't say I ever noticed an unusually large number of public washrooms. I always used the washrooms inside the restaurant I was dinning in. Maybe you will have to staythirsty also?
Don't forget, you have to pay for most washrooms in Europe which really freaked me out (but if it keeps them clean why not) so remember to take plenty of change with you.

3. Posted by JJforever (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

Thank you. Im still worried though,lol. Do the restaruants let you go in there whenever you have to go or do they dislike that? These paying washrooms.. How often do you see them as your going down the street?

4. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

I can't really remember how often you see public washrooms in London and Paris (haven't been to the other cities) but there are some, the reason you have to pay is usually to stop people loitering around in them - i.e. a group of undesirables standing around in the rain are less likely to decide they'll go stand around in the washroom instead when you have to pay to get in. I don't think you'll have any problem though, if you can't see one around then just head for the nearest station, pub, Mcdonalds or even a big department store. Restaurants won't generally let you in just to use the bathroom and you'll have to buy something.

5. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 10y

That's one thing that McDonalds is good at all around the world, clean toilets.

6. Posted by luis75 (Inactive 27 posts) 10y

I was living in Paris for one year and even though i don´t have the need to go to the washroom so often, it´s true that in some moments i felt that it was impossible to find one.

In restaurants, bars, pubs... you don´t have to pay to use the washroom, at least in France, and usually they are key-opened, so you can go as much times as you need if u are a client. Even if you have to ask for the key to use it, what can be possible in very touristic area bars, i don´t think i´d be a problem for them to pass you the key.

It´s true that McDolnads save me a couple of times, so you´d better try to know where they have their restaurants in the city you are. :)

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

If I remember right (I'm a public washroom avoider!), there were a lot of those outdoor, self-cleaning public washrooms in Paris. I also remember seeing those in London - including a big, clean public washroom near the Tower of London. I recall Venice having public washrooms in busy sectors (near the Rialto bridge, for example), but I can't remember for the life of me if Rome had many. As mentioned above, though, be sure to bring loose change for the privilege of using the clean facilities!

And if you ever find out what those hoses next to the toliets in Italy are for, please let me know.

8. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

I've not been to Italy but if I had to guess I'd say the hoses next to the toilet are for the same reason as the hoses next to the toilets in Thailand. Where they don't use loopaper...erm...use your imagination.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting Clarabell

I've not been to Italy but if I had to guess I'd say the hoses next to the toilet are for the same reason as the hoses next to the toilets in Thailand. Where they don't use loopaper...erm...use your imagination.

There was already TP in the washroom, though. Come to think of it, maybe the hose is a "poor man's" bidet...

10. Posted by Rish_n_Ben (Full Member 32 posts) 10y

There arn't too many public washrooms in Italy in general, your best bet is to go whenever you are in a cafe or resturant.
As suggested, McDonalds is always a good backup, also lookout for any shopping complexes or museums etc as you can usually duck in to their toilets, I found a nice clean toilet in the Vittoro Emmanule building in Rome (you know the white typewriter!).
France was a bit better but bring your change they charge for the public ones.