Where to go when you need to go
Finding a place to relieve yourself in Venice isn't always easy, especially
at crowded times of the year. Here are some tips:
- Use the facilities in restaurants and bars whenever you can.
- Never miss a chance to go when you're in a museum or other tourist
attraction that has free toilets.
- If you're arriving by train, use the toilets at the railroad
station, which are much cheaper than the municipal toilets.
Using public WCs:
- Venice's municipal toilets are ridiculously expensive: €1,50 per
- Veritas--the company that operates the toilets--offers daily and
weekly toilet passes through Venezia Unica, but savings are minimal to
non-existent. (See link below.)
- Disabled visitors can use the toilets free. (In theory, travelers over
60 no longer pay, but we can't verify this from personal experience.)
- Hours of operation are from morning until early or mid-evening.
After 7 or 8 p.m., go to a bar or (if you're male) wear the Stadium Pal.
- Don't wait until you can't wait, because there may be a waiting line
(especially during peak tourist periods or on weekends).
- For Venezia Unica's abridged list of the main public toilets and
their opening hours, or for
information on toilet passes,
The easiest public toilets to find:
- Piazzale Roma, between the square and the Grand Canal.
- Rialto, in the Campo Rialto Nuovo on the San Polo
or west side
of the Rialto Bridge.
- Accademia, underneath the Dorsoduro side of the bridge.
- San Marco, in the Calle delle Ascensione, just beyond the arches at
the west end of Piazza San Marco.
- Giardini ex Reali San Marco, along the water east
of the San Marco Giardinetti vaporetto station.
How to avoid drowning:
- Men: Resist the temptation to urinate in a canal, especially if
you've been drinking. Men have been known to fall into canals and drown.
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