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Libreria Acqua Alta

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Address: Calle Longa Santa Maria Formosa (Campiello Del Tintor) | 5176 - Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy
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Nice place to see

The building itself is nice and the location too. The books that are inside have very good prices. And they have a lot of nice cats inside :)

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The building itself is nice and the location too. The books that are inside have very good prices. And they have a lot of nice cats inside :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting shop, some lovely postcards and prints, nice view from the little garden, cute cats and really friendly owner, nice to pop in whilst you're having a walk around the city

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read about this place in a blog of hidden Venitian secrets. So glad we made the effort to stop by and have a look around. If you are a lover of books this is definitely a place you have to visit. Books are all in Italian but just visiting this shop for the vibe alone is worth it. Continue walking... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous place! Explore the place maybe buy a postcard or a calendar of "Good looking priests" ;-) There are cats which love to be pet, books are stored in gondolas and bathtubs. The place is just really cool and the owners English is surprisingly good :-)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you remotely like books, this is definitely worth a stop. It was a little hard to find but honestly, not harder than finding anything else in Venice. Plus, just behind it is a lovely crossing of multiple canals which made for some great pictures. There were mountains of books in multiple languages so don't let the language thing hold... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First off, a heads-up: I am a bit of a bibliophile. And I love what I call 'living mess', that is, chaos of life. This place has it. When you walk in, it looks more or less normal, with stands selling postcards, prints of Venetian cityscapes, and books at sale prices parked on tables outside. Enter, however, and a different... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delighted to finally find the place after walking with a crutch all morning only to find two cats guarding the place and attacking my daughters assistance dog. She was in tears. We were told to go away.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a strange old place, full to the rafters with books, with very little discernible order. I genuinely would have bought a book, but finding something to buy is a matter of chance rather than intention- in my case, I almost purchased a vintage 'gentleman's magazine' for my best friend as a memento... Eclectic Acqua Alta certainly is!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are a mindful traveler, concerned with the culture of the places you visit, you have to see this library, so peculiar! You'll be fascinated and delighted..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The bookstore that welcomes floods! Definitely visit this hidden gem in VENICE - peek into the backyard, flip through old prints and pet the cats!

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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 neighbourhood 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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