101 Ways To Flush a Toilet in Italy

31 Jul

America has what I would call a standard way to flush a toilet. So standard you probably don’t even think “How do I flush this toilet”. Yet on our Trafalgar Tour “The Best of Italy” it became a topic of discussion. The women mostly were confused.


Most toilets in Italy have two square push buttons mounted on the wall above the commode. The right push is for number one. The left button uses more water and is for number two. Neither flush well so two pushes are in order.


What became a problem was where do I push. Some toilets have a pedal on the side. One really confused the women as it had a rubber ball mounted on the floor. One even had a toggle type button on the bottom of the tank above the commode that was pushed.

The women of the tour came up with a solution. The first or second person had to figure out “how to flush”. Then they told next person entering the stall “it’s on the wall” or “there’s a pedal you step on”.

Every hotel room had a bidet. That had its uses too. A place to wash sox or underwear, and of course, to soak your feet after a long day of touring!

All of this was solved when we found this toilet in Siena. No flush required.




One Response to “101 Ways To Flush a Toilet in Italy”

  1. Steve July 31, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    I saw the Siena outdoor model but was too modest to use it

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