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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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  • You know when you have been to a place so many times, but only at one particular time do you notice how original it is? This was the time. It was a rainy day in Venice, and I love book shops especiall...  more »
  • The library is almost a work of art, the books are arranged or up or in small boats/gondolas so that in case of flooding do not get wet books. The librarian smokes inside and there are many cats. Rare and unique!
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  • very excentric old man, lovely place! the owner has a mascot cat... a very famous one! the place if full of books (you cannot believe!). there is also, on the outside, a staircase made of books; old b...  more »
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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.