Travel Tales

A Staircase To Heaven in Venice For Bibliophiles Worldwide

In focus for today’s #TravelerTuesday is Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy.

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My first visit to the City of Canals was during my honeymoon in 2017. There wasn’t much scope to explore as we just had a couple of days in the city which whizzed by in the Gondola ride and a guided walking tour.

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This city was always on the top of my travel bucket list so when an opportunity to visit it a second time came up, I was more excited than I probably would’ve been about visiting a new place for the first time. Since I missed out on combining my bibliophile needs with my love for travel the last time, I was determined to visit a local library or bookstore in my favourite travel city. That’s how I came to know about this library cum book store which personifies the charm of this city like very few places do. The books are displayed here in a Gondola.

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And to overcome the flooding by the canal waters, the owners had the ingenious idea of using books for that too! At the backside of the store, a staircase has been made by using old books to stop the canal waters from entering inside the store. Climb atop these book stairs and you’ll get a great view of the inner canals of the city! For bibliophiles and travel lovers, this is as much eye-candy and food for the soul as possible, because you get the best of nature and mankind. So I’d highly recommend giving this place a visit.

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The books are quite reasonably priced too, so you can easily grab a copy or two to add to your own reading collection and library. I ended up buying a couple myself!

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Pro-tip : The store gets super crowded on weekends and public holidays so I’d suggest going on a weekday. The place is easily reachable by using Google maps so don’t worry about getting lost.


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