Bathrooms in private homes in Italy in general are immaculate, Why do many in public places look lost without their toilet seat? This questioned was left unanswered until one of our seats broke at our Villa in Tuscany and I had to find a suitable seat to attach to its porcelain base. My search led me to bathroom shops throughout Tuscany. Many looked ok until trying to match the boltholes. After two months of a search, hesitating to replace the entire unit, I began to understand the reason as I yanked out the remaining bolts and put the broken seat in my car to be sure to have it available for a match.
Questioning proprietors of public locations I learned that questioning cleanliness of the seat, people tend to stand on the seat, cracking it . This being the reason proprietors decide to eliminate the seat all together after various breakings on the same seat. It was hard for me to accept this answer, but realized after questioning many that gave me the same response that it may be true.
But my conclusion resulting from my search is that Italians in their innate ability to find beauty or create it along with their passion for sculpture channel all their frustrations for beauty even into the toilet seat, with little consideration for its replacement. In California when needing to replace a seat I had a choice of two or three which brought me immediately to a replacement. In Italy my search led me to hundreds of beautiful designs of curved, squared, oval, round seats of which none would match the bolts on my porcelain base. Being a private home I could not abandon my search as proprietors of public facilities may do, and join those that go seatless. Eventually not able to find a replacement I replaced the entire unit and decided to have all future replacements match the one I found which prove to be most practical, popular, functional and least attractive. It may have been designed by an amateur Italian scultore but it served well its purpose, Strangely enough it never has suffered a crack in the seat.