When I visit a museum I don’t like to stop in its bookshop, usually they are just small spaces full of souvenirs. But when I go to Palazzo delle Esposizioni I definitely have to stop by in its bookshop.
It’s located in the basement of the Museum, near the coffee shop. You can access it from the Museum entrance or from its own entrance. The space, really big and completely white, is designed by architect Firouz Galdo. They have one of the biggest stocks of arts books, not only those related to their exhibitions, and they also have design and architecture books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. They also sell very nice designer objects and children’s books that even an adult should read. They used to have a section with the ancient books, made of wonderful old books both for sale and for exhibition, but now they moved it to another library.
The Arion Esposizioni bookshop has been listed, by the American website Flavorwire, as one of the 20 most beautiful bookshops in the world. I can’t be really sure about that, but I’m sure it’s on the top of my list in Rome.