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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  • This most unusual book store is prepared for aqua alta...flooding. All of the books are on shelves in bathtubs and other containers that float. If a book happens to get wet, they do not throw it out, ...  more »
  • I absolutely loved it here and could have spent all day browsing just to find some gems! Yes the majority of books are not English but if you have a look around or even ask the staff there were more t...  more »
  • This Libreria is something special, but very tourist. You shoving himself between the gondola, strewn with books and the laden bookshelves past, and certainly everyone will find a book that he would like to take home, even in languages other than Italian. The dilapidated small back yard and the gate open to the Canale are the most traditional alpine me two welcoming sitting chairs.
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  • Quite a magical place to visit - I went with my 5 year old daughter and she loved it too - can you imagine a child of that age being excited about going to a second hand bookshop? The main attraction for kids is of course the set of stairs out in the little courtyard made entirely of books, but the rest of the shop is also a bit of an Aladdin's cave. I loved the little water door with the chair by it and couldn't resist posing for a photo there. As for the actual books, it's a bit chaotically arranged but if you have time to have a proper rummage you're bound to find something which interests you.
  • the atmosphere is lovely. if u like books or cats have a wander around. you can find postcards, posters and lots more there. get there early before the tourists or else you'll all be shuffling past each other with no room to enjoy your surroundings. also allows photography so take pictures to your hearts content
  • Lovely bookstore with a huge selection and a cool pile of books outside that, when you climb up, help you get a view of the canal. There's also a nice seating area inside that looks out at the water. With mounds of disorganized books everywhere, cats roaming around, and rain falling outside, this is a nice cozy place to spend time.
  • So weird but cool. I'm pretty sure it's a book shop, not a library though. Would recommend checking it out just as something different
  • Most amazing library I have ever visited. There is a huge gondola filled with books in the middle of the room with a few cats living amongst the books. Must see!

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