The name of this versatile bookshop, “Todo Modo”, has been inspired by the novel of the same name by Leonardo Sciascia, a famous Sicilian writer. The novel itself “stole” the name from the Spanish sentence “Todo modo para buscar la voluntad divina”, pronounced by Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.
Anyway, this spot has nothing to do with religion. It is an independent bookshop, situated in a nice street not far from river Arno, where it is possible to find both new and second-hand books (if they have a blue tag, they are second-hand, if they have a green one, it just means that those are recommended by the owners of the shop).
Inside, there’s an easy-going café, where it is possible to have a meal or some beverages, maybe while reading a book. Beyond the café, there’s a lot of free space (a couple of times I’ve used those to start reading a book I was not sure whether to buy or not), which often becomes a small theatre or hosts small concerts and events.
Not bad for a bookshop!