In my experience it is a bit unusual to have a free toilette on a railway station in Italy. And not a unisex one either. The mens has two squats and the ladies has one squat plus a wheelchair thingo. (Suppose that is unisex.)
Golly those squats are hard work if you are not used to them. A friend suggested they should have a handle on the wall to help the old ladies get up - and I reckon they should.
Anyway, I was out all night clubbing in Genova and got back to Nervi about 8 am (going to walk back to Bogliasco through the park and watch the pretty squirrels) so I went to use the facilities.
They were being cleaned which is great and a mop was propped across the door. I asked the young cleaner when I could use them. He said to use the mens. I said I would wait until I could use the ladies. He told me I had to use the mens and what he said went. He propped another mop across the door and he said he would never open it for me.
I was on a short fuse and exploded at him. Told him something like - Farrrk you mate - I'll just go and *** in the park.
But I made it home fine. If I had been really desperate I would have found a cafe that did have a gabinetto.
I was sorry I flew off the handle at him but it had been a long night.
Nervi is a suburb of Genova and is one of those stations all the trains stop at. Unlike Bogliasco.
It's got a newsagents and a cafe - the cafe doesn't seem to have a gabinetto and if you go in looking for one they shout at you to use the one on the station. Bit rude. But the cafe does a very nice and reasonably priced cafe macchiato.
from Genoa centre, more precisely in the old harbour zone (il porto antico), the bus nr. 15 brings to Nervi - the bus stop is next to San Giorgio Palace - but depending on the moment of the day an on the traffic, it could take long, very long... so I go on suggesting the train...
note: if you decide for the bus, remember to buy the ticket before getting in, you can get one at any newspaper kiosk or "tabaccheria" for the price of 1 euro and you can use it on other busses too provided it's within 1 hour and half since its punching.
a boat would be for sure nicer and more charming and I don't mean a ferry but... it's not so easy as to say it... so the mean of transport I would suggest is the train expecially because in wee ligurian towns like this to park is a nightmare...
Save a few Euros, buy a day ticket, valid for train, bus, lifts and funicular railways in Genoa and also.....a trip out to Nervi! Bus #15 from Piazza Cavour (close to the harbour) or regional trains fron Staziones Principe or Brignole take you there in around 15 mins.....enjoy!