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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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Save money and avoid tourist crowds by booking your accommodation outside the historical center of Venice. Central Venice is full of picturesque canals and narrow lanes, but it is also extremely noisy and hectic throughout the day and late into the night. You can explore the ancient city's charms at your own pace by staying at a comfortable B&B or small hotel located in the city's residential suburbs. To stay close to the finest beaches and restaurants, check into a hotel on the island of Lido, the city's famous seaside resort.
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  • Little gem in heart of Venice. Not sure you would ever find a book you want but worth a visit just to see the chaos and quirkiness of the place. Take the steps up to a beautiful view of a camel in the...  more »
  • A gondolier pointed out this extraordinary bookshop as we passed it on the canal, so a visit was a must and did not disappoint. This is how book shops were in my childhood and should always be - light...  more »
  • I have read and seen photos of this cute little shop and was excited to visit this little gem while in Venice. The owner has resorted to piling his books in bathtubs and old gondolas to save them from...  more »
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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!