We are travelling to Italy this summer and keep reading about a lot of clothing and shoe requirements and are wondering if these issues will affect our ability to use public toilets in Italy. My partner has a small bladder, and I am worried that if I develop a prostate problem at some point before we leave, I may have to rethink the clothing I am bringing to account for my possible increased use of public toilets.
It seems that everyone dresses in high-cost designer clothing and shoes in Italy - so really, I am assuming that I will not be allowed in the public toilets unless I have on, say, an Armani suit with the appropriate footwear to match? Also, now my partner is looking at a lot of Gucci, Fendi, etc. clothing, handbags and shoes, and it may be the case she will spend all of our significant vacation funds on these items and while she will be well-dressed, we'll have to sleep in parks in tents. This brings up another issue then: if we have to sleep in public parks in tents, how much luggage can we bring, and what has to be in it? It's going to be extremely difficult to fit both designer clothing and something comfortable in the Official Rick Steve's Clothing Satchel on a Stick, so I'm thinking if we want to actually go to Italy, sleep in parks in tents AND use public toilets, we'll have to just stick with the one outfit of extremely high-priced Italian designer clothing and shoes because that is all that will fit in our Official Rick Steve's Clothing Satchel on a Stick. This might be helpful in that at least my partner won't have to buy so much designer clothing as we won't have room for it.
Back to my original question: Oh wait, I have another question: I have also read that I shouldn't buy anything blue for Italy, because that color may indicate that I've spent time in prison, and then I'll be stopped a lot on the streets by the police to look at my passport and etc. to check and see if I am on probation or whatever - is this true? Wouldn't the fact that I am wearing my Armani kind of avoid this even if it's blue?
Also, I really prefer not to wear those skinny Italian shoes (especially for the hike, see below) and I won't have room in my Official Rick Steve's Clothing Satchel on a Stick, so I am wondering whether or not I can get into the public toilets with big white sneakers on, as long as they cost, say, more than $200? If so, how can I indicate how much they cost? Do I put a sign on them? If so, does the sign have to be in Italian and English or is just English ok?
OK, NOW back to my original question: I really want to get this public toilet thing out of the way because I want to make sure I have full access to public toilets. The reason for this is we have 6 FULL NIGHTS in Italy, and right now, our itinerary has us seeing Rome on the way to the train station to take a train immediately to Florence, and then see the major hill towns on a bus to Cinque Terre (can someone tell me which ones are "not to miss?") where we will hike from the La Spezia train station to Monterosso al Mare (again, is Armani required for this?), get on another train to Pisa, another to Venice, a round trip gondola ride from and back to the train station, back to Florence, down to the Amalfi Coast with a quick stop in Naples for a pizza (although we may try to fit in a ferry ride to Capri right before that - does anyone know where I can get tickets online?) and then back to Rome on the 7th day.
So can anyone recommend some good parks to pitch our tent in that will fit into the above itinerary where we can use the public toilets in our Armani (and as long as I can still consider the over $200 big white sneakers)?