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. 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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  • August 18, 2017
    For lovers of books and unusual places. It's a major detour to Venice. Don't forget to exit at the back of the shop to have a break or pose...
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  • August 17, 2017
    I have a weakness for these establishments. It is the most beautiful I've seen. I spent all day circling and looking for jewelry
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Acqua Alta library is dark and has thousands of books scattered on shelves that defy gravity, bathtubs, a gondola, form a staircase or serve as bed for cats. This chaos is absolutely interesting and worth seeing. The best shop is the emergency exit. Look it up to see if you agree with me.
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  • Book lover's paradise. The store is quirky and jam-packed with books for some awesome photo opportunities. The organization is a little haphazard, so more for a surprise find than looking for a specific book. Several languages represented. Be sure to check out the book stair out back.
  • Cool little bookshop and a quiet retreat from the nearby busy square. Gondola full of books in shop, plus the stairs made out of books with a nice view. Take a trip to the fire exit for a lovely canal side view.
  • A big mess No, sir, it is not the best bookstore in the world... Maybe ten years ago it was interesting when it was mentioned in an article but that's about it. Smells well... really humid... Books look old, some damaged... I wouldn't consider buying new books there... A quick look around is enough. There's much better around Venice.
  • This is the BEST library i have ever been! They has a really nice balcony, you can take artistic photos there and they have a lot of books. BOOKS EVERYWHERE! unfortunatly most of them are italian ones...
  • By far the coolest bookstore I've ever been to. Found so many unique things there!

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