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Address: Calle Longa Santa Maria Formosa (Campiello Del Tintor) | 5176 - Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 296 0841
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A bookstore like you've never seen before!

The place is magical! We saw it thanks to our tour guide. It's a small, tight locale (like most things in Venice), but the appeal is that it's filled, bottom to top with books, of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The place is magical! We saw it thanks to our tour guide. It's a small, tight locale (like most things in Venice), but the appeal is that it's filled, bottom to top with books, of any kind, in probably just as many languages. Books are everywhere (shelves, floors, inside a huge gondola in the middle of the room), but especially... More 

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Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed visiting this book store wish we had longer to look around. Fun seeing all books stored in gondolas in case of high water, lots to browse through

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is probably the quirkiest bookshop I have ever seen. It takes 5 min. from San Marco place to get there and if you have 30 minutes, just go check it out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely worth the visit if you have an afternoon or even are just walking past. The store is absolutely filled to the brim with books (most in Italian) and is a sight to be seen. The owner is lovely, welcoming you into his store as you enter and pointing out his hand made book steps outside! Cute little spots that... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

an amazing little bookshop with books stored not just on shelves but in bathtubs and a gondola as well. There is a mix of italian publications as well as other languages although italian is predominant (naturally). There are posters and calendars as well as guide books for tourists. Most tourists go to have their picture taken at the rear of... More 

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Siena, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

very strange and curios place! very original library on the water! you will take some time (maybe) to find a book but ... it is a pleasure to wait for it!you do not want to leave from there!

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little bit hard to find (my friend took me there and the other time I ended up there by accident), but so charming and unique you will be amazed. Lots of books and fair prices, definitely worth a visit!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got lost and stumbled across this bookshop and couldn't have been more amazed. Picked up so bargains and loved exploring the strange sections, including the historical postcards!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Eccentric bookshop of glorious and beautiful chaos. Features many books contained within a variety of potentially floating objects such as gondolas and bath tubs. There is a staircase made of books in the back yard. Also sells prints, records, cd's and cigarette lighters. Contains cats. If I lived in Venice I'd spend far too much time here. p.s. the fire... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You know when you have been to a place so many times, but only at one particular time do you notice how original it is? This was the time. It was a rainy day in Venice, and I love book shops especially second hand ones. Ones which are wall to wall, floor to ceiling and with an overload of books... More 

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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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