ADD TO YOUR PERSONAL LIBRARY
Venture slightly from St. Mark’s Square and find yourself in the Castello district, home to Venice’s most famous book collection. This spot probably also wins the prize for the world’s most unique bookshop! Step through the door and be transported to another world. A gondola filled with books occupies the middle of one room. Elsewhere, a boat serves as unusual shelving while encyclopaedias are used as stairs. Everywhere you look, stacks of second-hand books and only the owner, Luigi Frizzo, knows where to find the one you’re looking for. This true Venetian welcomes tourists and locals with authentic Italian charm. This welcome is also extended to those arriving by water. The door at the back opens onto romantic views of the canal, meaning you can visit the Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop (Calle Longa S.M. Formosa, 5176) by boat. Rummage around a little and find books on Venice, some of which are in English, children’s books, best sellers, an erotic novel section and much more. If you don’t find a book, you can always leave with a picture or print of the city and new ideas for organising your book collection!