This is a Roman toilet. As in Ancient Roman.
And this is what just about every bathroom I've ever been in in Italy looks like.
Italian culture has been perfecting the art of indoor plumbing for thousands of years and they have it down to both an art and a science. From what I've seen, bath design in Italy is a matter of efficiency, hygiene and speed. I find a lot to admire in how they go about designing bathrooms.
But when I'm in the US and I go looking for Italian bath components, I find anything but the efficiency I so admire in Italy.
Check out this combo from Hidra:
Here's another one, a little more sedate and also from Hidra:
Or how about this one from Simas:
Here's a sink-bidet-toilet combination from Axa-Moss:
Here's another sink-toilet-bidet combo, this time from Ceramica Cielo:
Somewhere I can hear the voice of a young Haley Mills, "Father, I must have a pony..."
So if this is how Italian Sanitary ware shows up for the rest of the world, why doesn't it look like that in Italy? I've asked this question about Italian kitchen design before and I'm asking it again because I didn't get a satisfying enough answer.
Is Italian design just for export? Or do they keep it to themselves and leave the pedestrian stuff for American visitors (never a tourist here!). Do all countries do that?
To all my non-US people, how does American design show up where you are?
What is the state of Italian bath design anyhow? Is it somewhere in the wall-mounted wonders from Hidra or is my vacation picture more like it?