Where to go when you need to go

Public WC pavement sticker in Venice

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 visit.
  • 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, click here.

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. (See cautionary blog post with video).