Italy Loves a Good Rainshower (But I would Change One Little Thing)

If you’ve been following me on my Insta-stories on my Spain and Italy vacation, you might have noticed that I am fascinated with bathrooms.

I mean, when you’re travelling, you’re not exactly hanging out in kitchens (unless you’re visiting friends and family) but there’s always a bathroom in the hotel room or a restaurant to see.

However, every single hotel room shower in Spain and Italy had one thing in common.

They had a rain shower head in the bathroom.

And of course there’s nothing wrong with that.

But the hand held shower head was at waist level. Just like this image below.

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And there’s one tiny little problem with that.

What happens when you don’t want to wash your hair? It’s hard to lean back and not get your hair wet when you are underneath a rain shower head.

In North America, the hand held shower head is ALWAYS high enough so you have the option of using either one.

If you don’t want to wash your hair in Europe, you have to hold the shower head in one hand the entire time.

Here’s the bathroom in our hotel room in Capri. The countertop was the marble (on the right, below) the shower was covered in this blue mosaic and the rest of the floors and wall tile was simply an 8″ square white tile.


However, again, the hand held shower head was installed at waist level (above).

If you don’t want to open up the ceiling to install a rain shower head, you can always get a set:

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My Mom joined us halfway through our month long Italy vacation when we had arrived in Positano (Terreeia knows how much I love my Mama and it was her suggestion).

Then we arrived in Capri, one night she decided to wash her smalls and here they are hanging up to dry in the bathroom I’ve just been talking about. Moms are kind of resourceful like that, haha.

Terreeia surprised my Mom with a cooking course in Positano the same afternoon that she arrived! She loved it! There they are on the right paying close attention (below):

We took a water taxi to dinner one night as well.

For those of you that read that I lost my luggage when we arrived in Italy, IT’S STILL MISSING! My Mom had to bring me a new laptop power cord and a few other items when she joined us.

It really is as beautiful as all the photos but it’s so much better to experience in person! I’ll write more in another post, we’ve just arrived in Tuscany for the last few days, we’ll be home on Friday!

Over to you my lovelies, do you have a rain shower? What makes them so great?

Frankly, I did not install one in my bathroom renovation last year and I think they are overrated and certainly an unnecessary feature in hotel rooms where they are also more expensive to install. If I had a steam shower, I would install one, but I’m missing why they should be installed in every bathroom. But that’s just my opinion.

I’m photographing my bathrooms when I return and will reveal them soon, eeek, one year later is slightly delayed I know!

What do you think about rain showerheads? Yay or Nay?

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  1. We have done a Master bath renovation recently. We have a rain shower and a handheld shower head. We use only one at a time. The trick is to have a diverter valve installed inside the wall when all the plumbing is installed. The diverter valve handle switches the water flow from the rain shower head to the hand held. I rarely use the rain shower but my husband loves it. I love the hand held for all the reasons all the other comments have already explained.
    We also installed a rain shower/hand held combo in an existing bath. The trick was a simple shower arm with diverter that is attached to the shower pipe extension leading to the rain shower head. By adjusting it up or down the water flows to the rain shower head or to the hand held.
    Works for us and everybody is happy.

  2. When we renovated our bathroom a few years ago, the designer said, “Don’t get a rain showerhead. You won’t need it.” So we didn’t and I’m glad. We don’t miss it in the least.

  3. Shower caps… you can get eight in a bag at Dollarama, or a more substantial one at Winners or a bath and beauty store. The low hand held is for the nether regions. It sounds like you are having an amazing vacation! So happy for all of you.

  4. I hate rain showers! I have frizzy dry hair and don’t wash my hair daily so I can make a good blow dry last! I have been to so many hotels where I HAD to wash my hair because of that darn thing! There was no other option and even wearing a shower cap got my hair wet. So I say -if you have to have a rain shower put in another option- like a hand held with a holder.

  5. Agreed!!! Overrated!! I do not want to wash my hair every day. Therefore, I hardly ever used the rain shower head in our renovated Atlanta bathroom. I do not have one in our Columbus condo, nor our Naples home and we do not miss them at all one.

  6. Loved following your journey! So sorry the airlines failed so epicly!!!
    I personally detest rain showers! I’d prefer the handheld be at the height for us average to tall people. (I dont really like the handhld either but could be useful and ok as long as at a good height)

  7. I have a rain head and hand held on an adjustable bar. You can have either one working by itself or both on at same time. It’s really nice.

  8. I have an amazing rain shower we purchased at Costco which has different settings. It is very therapeutic particularly the setting that pulsates on my back and neck. I can adjust it so my hair doesn’t get wet. I love it and would not want to be without it.

  9. My husband and I both hate rain showers, big waste of money (and I’m sure a high margin item … which is probably why they tell you to put one in, LOL). Not enough pressure and the water comes down straight in a tube instead of a cone.

    I loved the travel tip from one of your followers: Pack half of each person’s stuff in each suitcase. So if one suitcase is lost, at least you have 1/2 your stuff and trip isn’t ruined.

  10. I 100% agree regarding rainshowers. In addition to making it impossible to keep your hair dry, they don’t work well for all the nooks and crannies of the body.

    One of the baths in our house had a rainshower installed at such a height that only a small child could use it. Really. It was one of the first things we changed.

  11. I am in Germany and the owner of our apartment has this set up and I hate it with a passion!!!!!!!!
    What on earth are you supposed to do with the thing at hip level? Shower your feet? It makes zero sense! Ours won’t even tilt- so you have to hold it. Aside from the hair dilemma how are you supposed to apply soap? Why is that thing even there?
    And with the rainshower, Even if you DO wash your hair, what if you apply conditioner? You turn the whole thing off and wait in the cold ? It just makes zero sense unless you are a man with very short hair. My husband doesn’t mind it.
    Can someone enlighten me?

  12. Traveling is educational. 🙂 There are so many things that are done differently in different countries. As an example, in North America it is uncommon for the clothes washing machine to be located in the kitchen. Not so elsewhere.

    As for the shower head you are finding at waist height, that is called a shower douche or a bidet shower. [e.g. As someone said earlier in the comments, it is for cleaning one’s nether region.

    As to a rain shower, I personally do not like them. I have a shower head that can be raised along a bar to standing height and lowered to use for other things, sitting, cleaning the tub, etc.

  13. One of the things I love about travel is finding out about all the different bathrooms. In my opinion, there is no ‘right’ way – just what you grew up with and what you therefore think is conventional!
    I’ve never had a hand held and will never ever want one. I’ve just returned from Croatia, where they were all hand helds at a variety of heights, and it was fine. Not my preferred way of washing, but my four year old loved them! So much so that when we renovate the bathroom that he mainly uses, I will consider installing one.
    I’ve always had rainshowers – as that seems the most common in Australia. As for getting wet hair – it’s pretty easy to bend your neck, I find. Keeps your hair out of the water, and your body in. Simple!

  14. Totally agree with you re rain shower heads. Hopeless if you aren’t wanting to wash your hair. You have to stand half in and half out of the shower. I hate them. My friend and I decided it was a man who came up with this idea!

    • They certainly all do and one of the first nights I sat on the bidet instead of the toilet and managed to turn the faucet on at the same time to freezing old water on my butt, haha. Maria.

  15. I agree, rain shower heads are totally overrated. I guess if you have fine or thin hair you can get your hair wet while standing under one of those, but I have thick, wiry hair and it takes forever for the water coming out of one of those gentle shower heads to get my hair wet. Im all for a good strong spray. Something that has some force.

  16. When we did our master bath renovation a few years ago, we didn’t install a rain shower, but we did add a handheld, which I love. Hope you have fun in Tuscany. How wonderful to have your mom along on the rest of your trip!

  17. The rain shower head was probably invented by a bald man and caught on because it’s one of those items that looks great in pictures and appears high end whether or not it offers usefulness to everyone. I don’t like them because I feel there is not enough water pressure to wash the suds out of my hair.

  18. Hi Marie & fam,
    We installed the whole meal deal in our master bath: rain shower, handheld wand plus jets – – easy to toggle back and forth, depending on needs. No regrets; I feel pampered each time I step into our luxurious spa!☀️
    Safe travels…
    Cheers! Sonja

  19. Nay, for the very reasons you describe. I’m a kitchen and bath designer and my experience is that it’s generally men that want them. They always wet their hair! If I put one in, I always put in a handheld on a bar.

  20. Interesting about the bidet showers. Never knew that but I’m not surprised now that you mention it. But who wants to think about showers when Maria has more days of heavenly pictures coming our way. It’s so wonderful “traveling” with you. Enjoy!! Ps as bad as it is without your luggage, Maria, the trip simply is incredible! Thank you for sharing. xo jan

  21. Hi Maria. Beautiful pics and what a lovely trip! I can hardly wait to see your remodeled bathrooms!!! I have been waiting to remodel my own bathroom until I see yours because you have impeccable taste. Travel safely. Jill

  22. I agree, Maria, and my husband actually pointed out the disadvantage of a rain shower to me when we considered one for our future remodel. I feel the same about the body “car wash” systems. I think a beautiful shower with a well-working head and handheld (or just a high handheld) is nice, but the rain showers and extra sprayers just seem like a waste of water and money for what you need to get clean and be comfortable.

  23. On a similar topic, Maria will you, or anyone else, comment on just a handheld sprayer used as the shower head (mounted above your head) vs a fixed head with an additional hand-held? Is having just the removable sprayer a disadvantage in any way? I realize it’s less expensive.

    • The adjustable hand-held positioned above your head makes it easier to wash someone, or wash the tub too, however, there are millions of bathrooms out there without it so if you’re on a budget, I would make it fixed and spend more money on decorating which is always more fun than upgraded fixed elements if you don’t need to have them! Hope that helps, Maria