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Libreria Acqua Alta

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Libreria Acqua Alta
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Dimitris Kamaras Libreria Acqua Alta

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The “most beautiful bookstore in the world” is possibly the most unique—with books stacked pell-mell, including in bathtubs and boats.

This bookstore is a bit off the beaten tourist path, but worth the trek for bibliophiles and photographers anxious to visit and snap photos in this one-of-a-kind shop, owned by the affable Luigi Frizzo. Though books are famously stacked high on shelves, in bathtubs and even in a boat—all to secure them from the frequent acqua alta (high water) that befalls Venice—there are books literally everywhere here, and there’s a certain charming element of a mad professor’s workshop. 

Time Out tip: The Libreria Acqua Alta is not just a photo op—it’s a small, independent business, so buy something, even if it’s a book written in Italian!

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By: Elizabeth Heath



Address: Calle Longa S. Maria Formosa 5176/b

Opening hours: Daily 9am-8pm
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