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Unusual Library-Bookstore in Venice | Worth a Visit

Liberia Acqua Alta unique library-bookstore in Venice, Italy. https://ouritalianjourney.com/library-bookstore-venice

 

Liberia Acqua Alta

Library-Bookstore? One of the most unique libraries in the world is located in Venice, The Liberian Acqua Alta is located in Calle Lunga, Santa Maria Formosa; just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square and worth the visit! You can find it Liberia Acqua Alta

 

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Liberia Acqua Alta unique library-bookstore in Venice, Italy. https://ouritalianjourney.com/library-bookstore-venice

Entrance by street

 

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The special shelving in this unique place is art all by itself. The use of boats, canoes, gondolas and even bathtubs is not only colorful but useful to keep the books dry when the store floods.

 


 

 

It is the only place you will find a huge selection of new and used books set in a most unusual way. Sixty percent of the books are new. You will find books on subjects such as art, music, history, food, sports as well as bestsellers and even comic books!

Luigi Frizzo is the owner and creator of this amazing place. It is worth a visit even just to experience walking through without purchasing anything. You might find a sleeping kitty curled up in a corner and they are just part of the charm of this place.

 

Liberia Acqua Alta unique library-bookstore in Venice, Italy. https://ouritalianjourney.com/library-bookstore-venice

 

Repurposing

The books are not only to purchase but have been turned into other uses. Old frayed hardback encyclopedias (remember those?) which no one buys any more are piled in the main courtyard in the back to form a staircase, which you follow to see a wonderful view overlooking the canal (see below). Old encyclopedias are also repurposed and transformed into chairs for sitting.

 

 

Liberia Acqua Alta unique library-bookstore in Venice, Italy. https://ouritalianjourney.com/library-bookstore-venice

staircase

 

 





Editors Note:  This post originally appeared on OIJ on October 13, 2016, and has been updated with additional information.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Barbaraetwins
    September 20, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Very beautiful library, there are also a book in the typical “gondola” 😍

    • Reply
      imodica
      September 22, 2019 at 3:47 am

      Thank you so much for your comment. Was curious, did you think it was beautiful because you have been or because of the photos on the post? Regardless- thank you!

  • Reply
    CJ
    September 23, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    I will be in Venice on my way to Asiago Oct 7.

    • Reply
      imodica
      September 24, 2019 at 2:43 am

      Should be wonderful that time of year. Be safe and enjoy! Thanks for the comment!

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