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10 incredible bookstores in unusual places

By: Melissa Breyer on June 12, 2014, 12:01 p.m.
Libreria Acqua Alta

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Libreria Acqua Alta

We started this list with a floating bookshop, and we end it with a twist on the concept. Libreria Acqua Alta is located on a canal in Venice, Italy; and while it is housed on terra firma, it is often flooded. But those Venetians are nothing if not resourceful – and when life gives you high water (which is what “acqua alta” means), break out the gondolas! And bathtubs and row boats and whatever else you’ve got that floats. While many of the books are stacked on raised shelves, the bulk of them are “shelved” in flood-proof containers that protect them. And if selecting books from a gondola on a canal in Venice isn’t enough to put you in a severe state of reader's rapture, perhaps the shop’s clowder of cats will help. Books, boats, cats, Venice? We're going, come hell or high water.