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Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice

(4.5/5 based on 1,300+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • A unique and ubiquitous library where the subject is the book. Books everywhere, even out and ruined by water and time. Locals are lovely and the door that overlooks the Canal really from souvenir photo. A gondola (obviously full of books) makes a fine show in the middle of the room. To visit.
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  • For book lovers might be a stab in the heart for how books are kept in this place. Piled everywhere, some even outside where you can find a scale completely made of books which is used by tourists to look out to see the Canal below. The gentleman who runs the library's proud of this scale, so much so that as soon as you enter advises us that the back is this weird scale of books, so he knows more about attraction library. Books there are so very many, seem mostly used books, sifting through here and there something you can find both in Italian and in other languages. Cute Tiger 2 cats and also Dominique
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  • If you are going to search for a particular book or comment on organization and cleanliness or break the boxes for clichés. Don't go there. Only go if you want to watch something that comes out of the box, to remember, mountains of books stacked on boats or stacked by way of stairs. narrow paths between piles of literature with a structure that fully reflects that of the city itself, Venice, calli ... narrow streets and crumbling historic buildings bathed in canals and waterways dirty .... but who watched in their entirety shall provide charm and mystery. A library that is capable of desecrating the book and make it part of a work even bigger. A bookseller naif that recreates the charm of their city in his Bookstore. A city where you have to try ... a library in which you have to try.
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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.