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Libreria Acqua Alta

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Address: Calle Longa Santa Maria Formosa (Campiello Del Tintor) | 5176 - Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy
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+39 041 296 0841
09:00 - 20:00
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USD 430.90*
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Really cool and unique bookshop, well worth seeing. That said, there isn't much to do except look around.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jacob S
Newmarket, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really cool and unique bookshop, well worth seeing. That said, there isn't much to do except look around.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So we turned a corner and here was this amazing book shop. We walked into and saw this amazing sight. Books just everywhere. There is piles of damaged book out the back where they have made into a set of stairs. You could spend days in the store. We saw the shop cats too. A must to visit.

Thank helen118
Lancaster, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved stopping by this eclectic bookstore with all of its unique decor and sense of humor. Put it on your "to see" list when visiting Venice.

Thank Erica F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a unique and fun bookshop. Great for a few photos of clever ways to store books. Worth a visit. You won't see another bookshop like it however it's very expensive.

Thank Matt C
Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's unique, for sure. Some friends told me I should go there, but when I arrived I realized I'd already been by there several days before, had looked at a few prints and books jumbled out front, and decided nothing inside was probably worth going i to look at. The name of the store doesn't show up very well. So,... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not really sure why this is featured so high up on things to do in Venice. It’s just basically a long, narrow shop stuffed to bursting with books piled up into all manner of receptacles, including bathtubs and boats. I may be wrong but there didn’t seem to be any logical order to the way the books were... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Now to this quirky shop. An amazing number of books are stored both inside and out. To protect them from the flooding that occurs in Venice, many are stored in bath tubs and a full size gondola. Worth a visit if time allows.

Thank Kevin S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second time in Venice and at the Libreria Acqua Alta. The owner of this place is so friendly. The place is a mess but as a book lover I must say it is a lovely mess. So much stuff that I'm sure there are many treasures hidden inside under piles of books. I always buy something and... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I still feel very special for visiting this place. It's a completely crazy bookstore with piles and labyrints, even stairs made out of books all around. On one hand, it's very emotional to see many of those books ruined by water that keeps flooding the place. On the other hand, it's so impressive to imagine this collection growing throughout the... More 

Thank Iva S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Inside the library there in Francesca's gondola, commissioned in 1885 by countess Isabella in memory of her daughter whom she unwillingly abandoned. A true story venetian

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Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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