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The Public Restrooms in Venice

Anti-Urinal in Venice Italy
Anti-Urinal in Venise, Beware the feet!
You know that the Venetians invented the anti-urinal to prevent the men from urinating against walls?

The explanation is pretty as author Tiziano Scarpa illustrated in his small jewel of a guide “Venezia è un pesce” (Venice is a Fish), an absolute must read before coming to Venice:

“In certain corners out of the way, one can spot mysterious stone projections, in coated or visible bricks approximately a little more than a meter tall, shaped like stony slabs resemble the triangle of a descending roof, those in bricks in the quarter of a small, rounded dome, in an edge of flat giantess loaf, in a big quarter of panettone.

The functioning of the pieces of roofing and dome on the other hand is more ingenious: they are designed to make splash back spatters on the poor person of service and especially to make re-cast the channels of his wee on its feet.

In effect, often these anti-public urinals do not arrive up to the paving; the lower edge is ordinarily suspended in around thirty centimeters of the soil.

[...] Children, we did not know that were ancient anti-urinals, of Restrooms of Duchamp upside down, anti-urinals: they played it with the skill of the football (soccer?) players, which they made slip one after another and that they caught each in our tower when they landed the one on other one.

his game had a name: scainèa, "Scalinella" (small staircase), to mean the appearance of a ski jump of this slanting steps.”
Tiziano Scarpa - Venezia è un pesce

Then, now that you know, use the public restrooms or those of restaurants and bars!

List of the Public Restrooms in Venice

Santa Croce

Tronchetto Parking
(Open 8:00 - 19:00)
Near the Vaporetto Station

Piazzale Roma
(Open 8:00 - 19:00)
Calle Cossetti 456/A


Train Station Santa Lucia
Near the Luggage Deposit (Platform 14)

San Leonardo
(Open 7:30 - 19:00)
Rio Terá San Leonardo, 1586/A


(Open 10:00 - 19:00 - Closed from 10th november to the 31th January)
Castello 4053/4054

Pineta Sant'Elena
(Open 14:00 - 17:00)
Giardini Sant'Elena


(Open 9:00 - 19:00)
Campo de la Caritá, 1050

San Marco

San Bartolomeo
(Open 9:00 - 20:00)
Calle de la Bissa, 5404

Diurno San Marco
(Open 9:00 - 20:00)
Calle dei Preti, 1265

San Polo

Rialto Novo
(Open 7:00 - 19:00)
Campo Rialto Novo, 551


(Open 8:00 - 14:00 and only on Wednesdays)
At the 4 Fountains Park


(Open 10:00 - 18:00)
Fondamenta Serenella


(Open 9:00 - 19:00)
Rio Terà del Pizzo, 32


(Open 9:00 - 19:00)
Near the Basilica Museum.

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