Why People Use The Second Toilet In Italy | Calm Your Curiosity 

Have you ever traveled to Italy? One of the most notable things you will notice is a second toilet in most public washrooms. What’s up with that, and why do people use the second toilet in Italy? I was shocked to learn this was an Italian culture that’s been in place since the 1800s.

In this article, I’ll share some reasons and myths about Italian people using the Second toilet in their bathrooms. Personally, I would say I found it interesting and practical. Also, I liked the Italian concept of using a second toilet.

Italian people use the second toilet because it is more sanitary than a regular toilet. It uses water to clean your bottom after you use the bathroom, so you don’t have to use toilet paper or wipe with your hand. This makes it easier to clean yourself and reduces germs spread around your house when you use the bathroom.

Why Two Toilet Seats In Italy?

Two toilet seats in Italy? No, I’m not talking about the Italian toilet seat. We’re talking about the fact that there are two kinds of toilet seats in Italy: one for sitters and one for standers.

You may think this is a joke, but it’s true! When you visit Italy, you’ll notice that most public restrooms have two toilet seats: one mounted on the wall or floor and another that looks like a chair. That chair-like seat is meant for standers, while the regular toilet seat is meant for sitters.

So why do they do this? As we all know that Italy is a country that has a rich cultural history and many things that are considered traditional. One of these traditions is using two toilet seats in every bathroom.

There are many reasons why this practice started, but it most likely began as a way to keep one toilet clean for public use. It was also common for families to share the same bathroom before indoor plumbing became more common, so having two seats may have been necessary to ensure that everyone could wash their hands after visiting the bathroom.

Today, most Italians no longer live in large families or share bathrooms with others. However, many still prefer to keep their toilet seats separate for hygiene reasons. Italian people do not consider it unsanitary to sit on the same toilet seat as someone else if you use different parts. 

This custom encourages people to wash their hands after they go to the bathroom and discourages them from touching their faces or other areas of their bodies while they are still dirty. They also feel it’s easier to keep them clean if they’re not used together all day.

What Is The Second Toilet Bowl For In Italy?

The second toilet bowl in Italy is called the bidet toilet. It is a shallow basin used to clean the genitals and perineum after using the toilet. It is used to clean your private parts after using the toilet. 

It is not uncommon for people to use a bidet when they have finished using their first toilet bowl and before and after using other appliances such as a shower or bathtub. 

The water temperature can be adjusted by using a control system on the bidet’s side wall, which is often integrated into other controls for other appliances, such as lights and fans.

If you also want to know about another type of Italian toilet which is Squat toilet read my detailed guide on squat toilet in italy.

How To Use a Bidet In Italy?

As you know, Bidets are a standard fixture in Italy and can be found in most bathrooms. But if you’re not familiar with them, they can seem mysterious! Don’t worry; I am here to guide you on how to use a bidet:

Step 1: Turn on the water. You’ll typically find two faucets in your bathroom—one marked “cold” and one marked “hot.” Turn both on to get water flowing through the pipes.

Step 2: Adjust the temperature of the water. If you have to adjust either knob, do it slowly so as not to create too much splash or pressure in your bathroom!

Step 3: Sit on the toilet seat and place your feet on the floor (or on a footrest). You will likely feel something cold against your bottom—that’s the bidet nozzle! It should be facing you or slightly up from where you’re sitting.

Step 4: Turn off the nozzle by pressing the red button on its side or top (depending on the model). If you’ve turned off all other faucets in your bathroom already, then this will be enough water pressure for what we’re going to do next…

Step 5: Use toilet paper or washcloths to clean yourself thoroughly after using the toilet (and before standing up).

Also Read:

How To Flush Toilet In Italy 

How Does a Bidet Work For a Man?

Most people think of bidets as for women only, but it’s just a misunderstanding. Men can also use a bidet, and here I will tell you how a man can use a bidet.

To use a bidet for men, follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Simply sit on the toilet and do your business as usual. 

Step 2: When you’re finished, get up and go over to the sink attached to the toilet. Please turn on the water, then press down on the lever that controls how hard or soft it sprays (this will vary from model to model). You should be able to feel the pressure of the water through your fingers as they hold down this lever—you’ll need this pressure for it to cleanse your bottom correctly. 

Step 3: Let go of the lever and sit back down again on top of where you sprayed yourself off with water; let gravity do its job while you sit there. Once everything feels dry again (which may take a few minutes), stand up and wipe yourself off with toilet paper or warm water.

How Does a Woman Sit On a Bidet?

The bidet is a fixture of many cultures and countries, but it’s a little trickier when you’re a woman. To use a bidet first, it’s essential to understand how a woman sits on a bidet. 

Most women will sit on the seat with their legs and feet resting on either side of the nozzle. Some women may choose to spread their knees slightly apart for comfort or because of the shape of their bodies, but any standard does not require it.

When using the bidet, it’s important to remember that everyone is different. You’ll want to experiment with different positions until you find what works best for you.

Usually, you can sit on a bidet in two ways: facing the bowl or facing away from it. Facing the bowl is more traditional, but if you have mobility issues or trouble standing up, facing away from it may be more accessible.

If you’re facing the bowl, sit on the edge of the seat and place your feet on either side of the base (or as far back as possible). Place one hand on each side of yourself, near your knees, and slowly lower yourself onto the seat until your bottom is completely flat against it.

If you’re facing away from the bowl, sit on the edge of the seat with one foot in front of the other so both legs are bent at 90-degree angles at knee level. Your thighs should be facing forward, and your heels will be touching behind them (as close as possible). Place both hands straight out in front of yourself. So they’re parallel but closer together than your knees (about 1 foot apart).

Also Read: 

Why There Is No Toilet Seats in Italy?

Do People use Toilet paper in Italy? (Detailed Guide)


I have brought this post to you in light of my personal experience, the information I collected, and the interpretations I made generalized after staying in Italy. I hope I did not confuse you and that you got something from it. If you are from Italy and know any facts, I left out, feel free to contact me and give me some feedback about your experience.

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