When the word “Venice” is mentioned, one might think of the Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal, and St. Mark’s Square. Even though these are some of the landmarks that make Venice world-famous, there are other places in the city to be explored, far from the beaten track. One of those places is Libreria “Acqua Alta”.
Liberia Acqua Alta means “library of high water”. Whenever water level rise in the Venetian lagoon, flooding usually occurs in the island of Venice. One might wander how they protect the books from the flood that usually occurs from October to April. Gondolas, canoes, boats, and tanks were used to protect the books, which in turn created an authentic Venetian experience.
As soon as we entered the bookshop, the owner Luigi Frizzo gave us a warm welcome. He told us about the different sections of the bookshop and even mentioned a staircase of books located at the back of the bookshop. As I was perusing the shelves, I saw a huge selection of books, both used and new, in different languages.
Aside from novels, biographies, and reference books, they also have travel guides and maps of all kinds. I fell in love with the bookshop a bit more when I saw children’s books. We eventually made our way to the back and saw the staircase of books Luigi mentioned.
I could not believe my eyes. It was one of the most unique things I’ve ever seen. According to Luigi, the old encyclopaedias and other thick volumes that were used for the staircase were the ones that people don’t purchase anymore, so they put them to good use!
As I climbed the stairs, I took a deep breath and enjoyed the view of the Venetian canals. The moment did not last for long as I made my way back into the bookshop. It was definitely a Venice difficult to forget. I could have spent countless hours in the bookshop, but we decided to leave and visit again the next day. It’s definitely the kind of place that you dream about the next time you will get to go again.
The bookshop is located in Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa (517/B – Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy) and is open daily, as of this writing, from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
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