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Libreria Acqua Alta

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by Marta Pin (subscribe)
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Published May 16th 2017
Venice's most popular library
How many of you know about Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice? To be honest, I didn't know about it either, until my friend from Argentina asked me to take her to this enchanted library. Indeed, the library, which is nestled in Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa, in the Sestriere Castello, not far from Piazza San Marco, is a small and suggestive building, literally packed with books of every kind and language that are piled in every corner and unique shelves.





One particular attraction is the gondola parked inside the library: anyone can take a tour in the gondola to search for paperbacks.





The stairs are made with disused books and shelves feature different objects such tubs and canoes. Everyone can find a broad range of literature in several languages from Venetian history, art, cinema and music to comics, novels and essays on topics like nutrition and sports.







A group of sleepy cats are living here: I just took this picture of the black one having a nap on the books in the wheelbarrow outside.



The most popular spot of the library is the one in the second room towards the river. It has a little bit of fun as the sign on the door indicates "Fire exit", referring to the water just under one's feet.

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When: Opens every day from 9 am to 8 pm
Where: Sestriere Castello 516/B 30122 Venezia
Cost: Free entrance
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