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libreria Acqua alta
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Neighborhood: Castello
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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Sellest
Bushey, UK4,958 contributions
Visited here last week as I’d heard so much about it. It certainly is very different – books piled high, resident cat asleep at the entrance. Rather crowded inside, however, and they do tend to push you through if you are taking photos outside at the back (on the pile of books) or outside at the side. I would not go out of my way to visit, but, if you are passing it is definitely worth a quick delve inside.
Written July 13, 2022
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Amy
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Friends
When we arrived (around 3pm) the shop was rather busy. The walkways are quite narrow, so I didn’t feel like we could stop and look at the books without blocking the way ahead for the people behind us. There can be a long queue for taking photos on the book stairs at the back of the shop. The selection of books is good, on every topic, including lots of books about Venice, there are also lots of posters, postcards, and things you can buy as souvenirs.
Written April 12, 2022
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lotsagoldens
Surprise, AZ796 contributions
I am a book addict, so I had to see this place. Yes, it's a total tourist trap. So what? It's crowded and quirky and you have to wait in line for your turn to climb the steps made of books. But I shopped my way through, while petting the resident cats.
Written July 9, 2022
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Helena
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Family
My mum and I were so excited to go to this bookshop, only to be massively disappointed. The interior was lovely, don’t get me wrong, however considering this bookshop is famous for its cats - there was not a cat in sight, which I also don’t mind as I have worked in animal care and fully understand that they won’t want to be in the building all the time.

The problem is how incredibly busy it was inside.

When you go to a bookshop you want to have a relaxing experience and lose yourself in the world of literature, however we were rushed through the shop with barely an inch between each person. Because of this you could hardly see all the attractions in the shop, and frankly I wanted to leave as soon as I entered. They had staff manning the door, which was pointless in my opinion as they had no system in terms of counting how many people were in the shop at a time to make sure there was social distancing and actually time for people to go through. I was going to buy a book but it was so busy inside I couldn’t even get to the tills.

No wonder there were no cats. They would’ve hated to be in there. No personal space whatsoever. Very rude staff too, rushing people through the shop.

Genuinely do not bother.
Written April 21, 2022
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larryjman
Montreal, Canada234 contributions
This place felt more like a weird museum than a bookstore. Once you enter the store, you feel as if you're on a train and you can't get off and actually enjoy the thousands upon thousands of books that surround you. Instead, propelled by the staff asking you to move along and the people behind you expecting you to walk faster, you end up walking through the store in a sort of pre-planned path, only to end up at the exit without having looked at a single book.

It was by far the strangest experience I had in Venice. I didn't even feel like they wanted me to buy books. There is only 1 entrance and 1 exit, so once I realized I had been escorted to the exit, I would have had to walk around the block just to get into the store again.

I would avoid this place. There are many great bookstores in Venice that actually feel and act like bookstores. They're also WAY less crowded. Unfortunately this place seems to be a casualty of its own success. They'd rather be a glorified souvenir shop and museum than an actual bookstore.
Written May 3, 2022
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Bergbroeder F
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This quaint bookstore is in almost every visitors guide and therefore completely crowded. That’s really a pity because they really have nice stuff fir reasonable prices. The staff does their utmost to accommodate as many people as possible but maybe it’s in their interest if they start working with a waiting line and don’t let too many people in at once.
Written August 19, 2021
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NickofSurrey
Surrey, UK656 contributions
Couples
We came here yesterday (albeit a bank holiday weekend) with brother in law and wife. Came here ourselves on first Venice vosit in Aug 2020, when took a leisurely walk about, and some good pictures on the stairs made of decaying books out at fhe back of the shop. There are now at least 3 times the numbers of people in Venice. They had a man asking you to walk around the outside area, and tutting if you wanted to take a picture on this staircase made of books. In addition, the bookshop was so full it was difficult to buy a book. I wouldn't bother.
Written April 25, 2022
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Eva L
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Couples
I read that this bookshop was one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. It’s not, it’s run down and so crowded that you have too walk in line and cannot stop to look at books but have to keep moving. There are almost only books in Italian (I would say at least 90%), so if you don’t read Italian not that interesting.
Written May 14, 2022
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Daniel&Amy
Rotorua, New Zealand301 contributions
Quite a magical little shop with a really beautiful aesthetic. Climbing up the ruined piles of books outside was fun and everyone seemed to have a good time with it. Unfortunately though, I think the experience of this bookshop would be ruined for the locals by the extreme number of tourists who flock to see piles and piles of books.
Written January 6, 2020
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HeardItBothWays
Easton, PA2,349 contributions
My husband and I visited Libreria Acqua Alta while visiting Venice for the first time. We're both avid readers and were excited to see a bookshop amidst the beauty of Venice. Libreria Acqua Alta captures the charm of Venice in bookstore form. The books are stacked in boats in the center of shelves of more books. There is a small door that leads to the canal and stacks of books you can climb outside to peer over into the canal.

We spent a good amount of time wandering the shelves, which had books in Italian and many other languages (including English). My husband found a copy of one of his favorite books (from the Dragonlance series) in Italian and purchased it to add to our collection.

If you love books, Libreria Acqua Alta is most definitely worth a visit while you're in Venice!
Written January 4, 2020
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