So I have been to the much hyped bookstore (Alta Acqua) in Venice. I actually found out about it on Tumblr. It isn’t very far from the main square, around 10-15 minutes of walk.
Photos do it service though, it is a paradise for any book lover - books in gondolas, books in bathtubs and cats roaming around all the time. it looks messy but actually they are quite organized - books on art, architecture, philosophy, books in English, Spanish, German, Italian, all have their own corner. You can also browse by national criteria - English, German, Italian, Russian literature. Prices go from 5 to 50 euros and the owner is a very charismatic individual. A must if you are a book lover in Venice. I spent two hours there without noticing.
ITALY, Venice : Tourists walk on the flooded St Mark’s Square during an “acqua-alta” (high-water) alert in Venice on February 1, 2014. The rise in the water level is due to winds and currents and can flood some parts of the city in a yearly phenomenon known as “acqua alta” (high water). AFP PHOTO/ VINCENZO PINTO
An exceptionally high tide (or acqua alta) on Sunday inundated %70 of the city of Venice. While the entire city struggles against subsidence, some areas are more at risk than others. This map, prepared by Virginia W. Mason and National Geographic Society, shows the areas of the city most at risk, 2009
This was one of the coolest bookstores I’ve ever been to! I didn’t end up buying anything, because most of the books were in Italian, but it was so awesome to just walk around and take pictures.
In the back area there is a staircase of old books that have been damaged by flooding and painted phrases all over the brick walls. While it was somewhat sad to see all those books ruined it was incredible to see that they’d done something fun with them instead of just throwing them out.
If any one of you are ever visiting Venice, put this place on your list of things to do!