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Public toilets in Florence

The city of Florence has been making a bit more of an effort to offer clean public toilets around the city, which is, of course, good news for tourists.

So the other day I was in the Santo Spirito area and the need arose to test the facilities, which I happily did just for you, dear reader. Read on to find out the results of this test…

And the results? Clean! Almost homey with a pink toilet seat and marble walls and floor. Furnished with soap and paper; not at all stinky.

The negative part? (1) cost: 60 cents. Not cheap, but less than buying a drink at a bar just to use their dirty can. (2) closes at 7pm, later in summer. It is precisely at night that these services must be made available in order to encourage cleanliness and order in the city.

The city offers a map to find these public toilets (download pdf), which now include prestigious locations such Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Borgo Santa Croce. The fancy cans in Piazza Duomo will run you one euro so you’re better off getting a coffee at a bar wrapped into the price.

Here is photographic proof of the cleanliness of said bathroom.

And here is your souvenir bathroom ticket receipt, perfect for pasting into any travel diary.

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By: arttrav

Alexandra Korey aka ArtTrav is a Florence-based art historian and arts marketing consultant.

  • admin

    I am generally a toilet scrooge (i don’t tip) but between paying and soiling public property, I prefer to pay ;-)

  • Nina

    I personally refuse to be taxed for my natural secretions and will not be paying for this service. I also never tip the loo ladies nor do I feel obliged to “buy something” in a bar in order to use the facilities (now they are obliged to let you use their bathrooms anyway by city ordinance). Call me a “loo-scrooge”, but it's wrong to make people pay!
    So, having said that, my most memorable “public toilet” experience in Florence was tucking behind a bidone with 2 other girl friends near Santa Croce and laughing so hard that any attempts of being discreet were thwarted! This was many years ago and now with the new City ordinance, I would just find an open bar or restaurant if I could no longer hold it in!

  • Alessio

    Maybe things are different abroad, but here in Italy it's not wrong to make people pay, because 'people' are not polite and kind and correct and clean (many of them). To keep a decent public toilet service, full-time staff needs to be employed, and payed… waiting for civilisation to come.

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