The idea was if the images were published on the internet and then voted on .... then maybe the people responsible for the condition of the toilets might take a bit more care and maybe, just maybe, the standards would rise.
This in fact precisely what did happen. If you check out the images of the toilets from four years ago and compare them to the images now you can see a great leap in the right direction with many being completely rebuilt and disabled access becoming the norm. It was mainly the toilets in Barga Vecchia who showed the way with the 1999 and 2000 Osteria Angelio and Capretz followed by the surprise win in 2001 of the Xray dept. at the Hospital then in 2004 the prize has moved down the hill to the Barga Giardino area with the Pasticceria Lucchesi taking the coveted prize.
This year, another surprise as it has gone to the newly built public toilets below the Belvedere Alberto Magri .. the new car park toilets to be exact.
A wonderful view of the mountains surrounding Barga, disabled access, always clean and tidy with soap and toilet paper always at the ready and the biggest surprise of all ... two hot showers has meant that the Carpark toilets have swept the board.
Seasoned observers on the Best Toilet in Barga Competition are now already placing bets of the winner for 2006 ... could it be possible that something is finally done about those terrible public toilets in Barga Vecchia ?
hmmm, we shall see.