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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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a hidden treasurre

Recommended to us by our guide on the walking tour one could easily spend hours in this amazing bookstore. Lots of books in many languages, trinkets scattered throughout the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Barb L
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Recommended to us by our guide on the walking tour one could easily spend hours in this amazing bookstore. Lots of books in many languages, trinkets scattered throughout the store, a staircase made of books, a gondola, post cards and more. Definitely worth checking out

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a little crazy....books EVERYWHERE! If you looking for something eclectic, this is it! Beautiful views from the back with steps made out of books that overlook a beautiful canal.

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Vicenza, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is very interesting. I've seen pics of this place and had to visit yesterday, when we were in town for Carnevale. It wasn't that far from St. Marco's. We enjoyed sitting on the chairs by the water, and seeing the stacks of old books outside that one could climb on.

Thank Michelle R
Brewster, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place celebrates Venice, lots of books, a gondola down the middle. there is a nice selection of post cards including many that you won't find anywhere else. the place has flooded and some creative uses have been made with wet books.

Thank Woolite-13
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The building itself is nice and the location too. The books that are inside have very good prices. And they have a lot of nice cats inside :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting shop, some lovely postcards and prints, nice view from the little garden, cute cats and really friendly owner, nice to pop in whilst you're having a walk around the city

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read about this place in a blog of hidden Venitian secrets. So glad we made the effort to stop by and have a look around. If you are a lover of books this is definitely a place you have to visit. Books are all in Italian but just visiting this shop for the vibe alone is worth it. Continue walking... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous place! Explore the place maybe buy a postcard or a calendar of "Good looking priests" ;-) There are cats which love to be pet, books are stored in gondolas and bathtubs. The place is just really cool and the owners English is surprisingly good :-)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you remotely like books, this is definitely worth a stop. It was a little hard to find but honestly, not harder than finding anything else in Venice. Plus, just behind it is a lovely crossing of multiple canals which made for some great pictures. There were mountains of books in multiple languages so don't let the language thing hold... More 

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off, a heads-up: I am a bit of a bibliophile. And I love what I call 'living mess', that is, chaos of life. This place has it. When you walk in, it looks more or less normal, with stands selling postcards, prints of Venetian cityscapes, and books at sale prices parked on tables outside. Enter, however, and a different... 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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