libreria Acqua alta, Venice

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Browse for books at libreria Acqua alta, an unusually decorated new and used bookshop. Books are shelved among gondolas, rowboats, bathtubs, and oars: choose from a collection of atlases, dictionaries, history books, and biographies. The space is cluttered with stacks of old books used as wall decorations and supports for stairs. Get a view of the canal through the back door, while saying hello to the store's collection of roaming cats. Take a look at our Venice trip itinerary builder app to schedule your visit to libreria Acqua alta and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We had seen photos of this bookstore online and were interested in checking it out :) It was cool seeing books packed into gondolas, bathtubs and other strange shelving.... sortof an other world shop....  more »
  • A side of Venice that I did not know far from the mass tourists. A place full of very special culture where there are cats inside. I loved it and I recommend seeing it ☺️
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  • This is a bookshop like no other, and I do love books and bookshops. It is hidden away in a side street and looks nothing from the outside, but step inside and be amazed! Where have you ever seen a Go...  more »
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  • This bookstore is extremely interesting. They keep their books is gondolas in some spots due to the frequent flooding (I'm guessing that's what draws people in) but it's more that that. It seems small but there are so many books in this shop! It was enough to just walk through and read the titles - the atmosphere is very peaceful. Definitely a must see for any book lover on your trip to Venice.
  • Quaint unique bookshop that's is/was know to get flooded. It's nice to visit and see. If you live cats, they have a few resident gattos. Due to its popularity it can get very busy/full so be prepared
  • Lots and lots of books and cats in a very quirky atmosphere. It has a couple of small courtyards outside with walls and a stair made out of old damaged books besides the many sections and small corners inside. At the back door (by the so-called "fire exit"), there's a free access gondole to take pictures in the canal. Really worth the visit, and definitely a must stop for book lovers. Ps. Don't forget to donate some coins for cat food.
  • This book store was definitely charming. A must see for bookstore lovers while in Venice. The center of the store features a long gondola filled to the brim with books. The books are organized into sections and there are also a lot of interesting prints for sale. I wish that the selection of books pertaining to Venetian art was more comprehensive but you can find interesting editions of novels and history books for a reasonable price. I highly recommend visiting the store it is also a great photo opp with sections of the store opening out to large piles of books.
  • Super cool store to see at least once, but it was so crowded with so many tourists (like me) trying to get pics and soooo hot and sweaty inside that it was hard to look at anything at all without squishing by people hot, sweaty people 😆. With that said, I'd definitely stop in if its not peak summer time or if you can find an off time of day to visit. Good to note that it's cash only.
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