Li­bre­ria Ac­qua Al­ta: a ma­gi­cal pla­ce

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What's the be­st sou­ve­nir to re­mind you of your trip to Venice? Pur­cha­sing a book from the Ac­qua Al­ta book­sto­re will heighten your ex­pe­rien­ce. Ac­qua Al­ta is one of the mo­st unique book­sto­res in the world. The fir­st sight that gree­ts vi­si­tors is a gon­do­la, fil­led to the brim wi­th books! This ama­zing book­sto­re is lo­ca­ted in the Se­stie­re Castello, in a nar­row al­ley­way ju­st steps from Cam­po San­ta Ma­ria For­mo­sa, whe­re you're li­ke­ly to en­coun­ter mo­re Ve­ne­tians than tou­rists. Apart from its mat­chless am­bian­ce, the ve­nue stocks an im­pres­si­ve se­lec­tion of books in­clu­ding nu­me­rous vo­lu­mes about Venice and its art and its hi­sto­ry, as well as hun­dreds of new and used to­mes that are real­ly dif­fi­cult to find el­sewhe­re. Other hi­ghlights in­clu­de po­sters, post­cards and nu­me­rous other Ve­ne­tian-the­med ob­jec­ts. It's near­ly al­ways open and rea­dy to wel­co­me vi­si­tors - you can bro­w­se its fa­bu­lous se­lec­tion of books at lei­su­re and even ta­ke pho­tos be­cau­se no-one will di­sturb you as you wan­der drea­mi­ly amid­st its pi­les of prin­ted pa­per. To com­ple­te the my­ste­rious at­mo­sphe­re, the sto­re has be­co­me ho­me to a num­ber of stray ca­ts who hang out on top of the stacks of books ju­st wai­ting for you to ta­ke a pho­to­gra­ph that will be po­sted world­wi­de. Li­bre­ria Ac­qua Al­ta. Castello, 5176/b (Cal­le Lon­ga San­ta Ma­ria For­mo­sa). T: 041 2960841. Map F4

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