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Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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4.5/5 based on 1,100+ 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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  • for those who know the history of Gaston Lagaffe who must store the archives, this place filled with books of all kinds and all languages, there will make you think. Others must go in this magical place. Whether you are looking for a book, a poster, a comic or anything this place is unique. A must see
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  • You should't miss a visit in this library. Is a very special one, the most special i have ever seen, on the level of the water. You should go there to buy a bokk, make a picture or enjoy the amazing p...  read more »
  • I think it is more ' unique setting ... books and books and books gondolas, boats and bathtubs ... stairs you can climb consisting only of books ... a must see
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  • Very neat place. You can't see a bookstore like this anywhere else. It's worth a stop if you are near by.
  • I found this place on a list of unusual bookstores around the world...and being a sucker for the quirky, I knew I had to find it when I went to Venice! It can be a bit hidden if you don't know what you are looking for and you should go into this place with the expectation of whimsical curiosity rather than that of finding a particular tome. When you first walk in, the book clutter can be a bit overwhelming, but once you dive in, you find some interesting things. There is literally no method to the madness, and I think that is partly the point as well as the charm. There are two huge gondolas filled with books that are part of the novelty as well. But, for me, the best parts were going out back to the climb the "bookstairs" (yes, it is exactly what it sounds like) to peek over the wall to see the view of the canal and then going into the second big room and sitting in the little sitting-area facing the water entrance and watching the random gondolier pass by. The "fire exit" is also pretty hilarious! I did end up buying a couple of books, more for the novelty and souvenir aspects than any actual literary ones. The prices here are a bit on the steeper side, but consider it as part of your price of admission! The owner, btw, is an old seadog type that is a bit of a casanova, very personable, and jovial. Stop by and have a chat with him, you will not regret it!
  • Stumbled upon this place by accident. Although I'm not a book person (so didn't spend hours here) I highly recommend at least visiting this curiosity! Books from floor (literally on the floor) to ceiling, everywhere! Mind the resident kitties!
  • Forget Harry Potter, this is a truly an enchanted place! A step into this world will catapult you in a different dimension, where you can explore every sort of books, even climb on them!
  • This is a magical place, definitely not your average bookstore, run by locals that refuse to let go of their great city, perfect place to get a boom, a poster or a super original postcard.
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