In Venice, there’s a surprise around every corner.
My husband and I are incapable of walking past bookshops, so of course we had to stop to take a look at this sale table outside a shop in Calle del Tintor in Castello:
|Entry to the Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop in Castello, Venice|
We were lured further inside the shop by the sight of three majestic cats, one guarding the cash register, the other the entry to the shop, and the other stalking around.
I was on the hunt for any out of print books or books of poems by Diego Valeri that I could find.
Imagine my surprise to find a full-size gondola in the middle of a bookshop. Complete with costumed mannequins inhabiting the gondola..
|Inside the Libreria Acqua Alta in Castello, Venice|
The shop was filled with books, old and new, esoteric titles, mainstream titles, reference books, books in French, books in Italian, books in German, books in English – books, books, books!
|Inside Libreria Acqua Alta, Castello, Venice|
At the proud encouragement of the store owner, I ventured into the courtyard to find a staircase made of books.
|Staircase made of books at Libereria Acqua Alta, Castello, Venice|
And the symbol of St Mark:
|The courtyard of Libreria Acqua Alta, Castello|
I looked up to observe the interesting construction and design of the homes around the courtyard:
|Courtyard inside Libreria Acqua Alta, Castello, Venice|
And then I ventured back inside to find this iconic view of the bookshop and its neighbouring canal:
|Inside Libreria Acqua Alta, Castello|
I didn't find any out of print books by my beloved Diego Valeri, but we did buy some prints and enough heavy books to warrant a trip back to our accommodation!