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Acqua Alta Bookshop – Unique in the world

As the movie “You’ve got a mail” teaches, there are many reasons to fall in love with old, small and independent bookshops. They are distinctive, they likely hide treasures and you can probably start a conversation with the shop assistant about a book that one has loved and the another has not appreciated.

Actually Acqua Alta Bookshop is not so old but owns all the others features. The bookseller Luigi Frizzo opened this library (10 minutes from St. Mark Square) about ten years ago. In a short time this spot has become really famous and it is not so difficult to understand why. On the entrance a signboard reads: “Welcome to the most beautiful Bookshop in the World”. I don’t know if that is true, but I still haven’t found another place where books (new and vintage ones) are lying between gondolas and poles and where cats wander peacefully among the visitors.

Coup de théâtre: the stairway built with old encyclopedias in the backyard.

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Details about this spot



Castello 5176/b, Venice

Telephone number


Opening Times

09:00 - 20:00 daily


Book: € 2
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)