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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
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Can spend hours here!

This is a hidden gem, even if most of the books are in Italian and even if this is a language you can't read.

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a hidden gem, even if most of the books are in Italian and even if this is a language you can't read.

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cool little place, friendly staff, got some nice postcards & magnet. Just nice to walk around it, see the books that are stacked from the water levels (venture out to those areas) and who doesn't love a little authentic bookstore anywhere you travel?

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Augusta, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Books literally stacked from floor to ceiling, nicely divided into various genres and subjects. It was exhausting to try to get through it all and the people working there were super nice if you wanted to find something in particular. Books, magazines, cookbooks in every language imaginable.

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Chobham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

books in multiple languages, hidden gems in every room, beautiful little space hidden amongst the tight streets of the city.

Thank ns21719
Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This has t be the quirkiest bookshop ever,a must visit place for anyone. Read about it before my trip to Venice and was determined to find it. It exceeded my expectations,I loved it.

Thank Malcolm M
Afton, Virginia
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has a certain charm, particularly if you like old bookstores, with lots of prints and postcards. Understandably, most of the books are in Italian (I did purchase an Italian pamphlet of biscotti recipes as a gift for my sister-in-law, and I think we'll have fun translating the directions). I would not make this my sole reason for coming to Castello,... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very special "book store". A nice stop on the walk through Venice. Take your time to look at the books and enjoy the atmosphere. The owner is keen on talking to you.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A relaxing wander through different rooms displaying all sorts, hardly anyone in there which is lovely after all the crowds outside.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really cool little place for books, but also a great place to find prints. They had a couple bins of prints to rummage through and a pile of posters. Really excited with my finds!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across this place by pure accident as you tend to do when wandering around Venice. It's a second hand bookstore which backs out onto a side canal. Inside there is a full sized gondola full of old books. Everything is completely mad a quirky here, including the steps on the terrace which are made out of books. I'd... 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 neighborhood 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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