Libreria Alta Acqua (High Tide Bookstore)
Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 28, 2016
If you are a bibliophile and you want to see a different side of Venice, be sure to visit the Libreria Alta Acqua. It’s filled with books, new and used, in every conceivable floating device (gondola, rowboat, canoe, etc.).
The “fire exit” leads directly to a canal. How thoughtful of the management to provide flippers. While I was taking this photo, a boat passed by.
The entrance has stacks of water-damaged books wired to the wall, under a blue kayak.
There’s no discernible order to the collection. Be prepared to rummage through the piles.
In the patio at the back, water-damaged books are fused into two staircases with signs to “Go up” and “Enjoy the view.”
Here’s the view from the top of the steps. The patio is actually below the level of the canal wall, so it must get quite wet during high tide.