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Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice
(4.5/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Libreria Acqua Alta on your holiday in Venice, and find out what else Venice has to offer, use our Venice trip itinerary planner.
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  • Particular library and very fine! You can call it a particular stage ... inside there is a gondola full of books and are particular books put to create stairs outside.
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  • Only those who know Venice, or surf the net looking for oddities of Venice can get high water library. Definitely a charming and unique place where thousands of tomes, books, old collections, encyclopedias, old editions, picked by handouts, are stacked in a characteristic between gondolas, bathtubs and dusty shelves. To see! If you are fond of old books (and popular outdoor markets) here you can find books unavailable. But we must have patience and don't rush it. I have found some 60 years introvabii "Pocket" Longanesi elsewhere, and some volumes of "Francis P, printer-Publisher" at the end of ' 800.
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  • A bookstore quite a bit messed up but that intrigues and attracts definitely, you don't go to search for the book but a book; If you go with the intention of finding a book specifically don't go either, but if you go with the intention of finding a stimulating reading you can't not go there! One of the most special places in Venice that was captured and reviewed by a lot of famous magazines and that can't be missed if you have chance to see!
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  • Such a unique place! Great place to browse and take photos. I found the books, especially ones in English, were expensive. But, we came here just to see it. Fun experience.
  • Place with great atmosphere, book lovers will love it. Here you can find postcards, small souvenirs and posters as well. As for the book, they are mainly in Italian but I spotted few English titles. The fact that the place is usually crowded makes me want to leave as soon as possible even though I would spend hours in it.
  • I don't understand why everyone raves about this place. It is chaos. It smells awful. The staircase of books was a travesty, precarious at best. I am a book lover, and i love a dig round a good second hand shop, but I didn't even want to touch anything in here lest the whole shop come down on our heads.
  • Wonderful place! A lot of old books and posters and the atmosphere is very special. I think it's the best place to get a memorable souvenir.
  • They claim to be the most beautiful bookshop in the world. It's certainly a gorgeous place that houses a vast collection of books that nobody knows where they are exactly positioned. There are no shelves and probably not a catalogue... and the place gets flooded every time there's a high tide.