Venice’s Libreria Acqua Alta: The Most Beautiful Book Shop in the World

I’m not sure I agree that it’s the most beautiful but it does have its charm:

For those who love to read, there’s something incredibly enticing about an independent book shop. Especially if it’s full of cosy nooks and crannies and deliciously old paper smells, and there doesn’t appear to be any logical order to the chaos that lies within. Throw in a beautiful water-side location and plenty of unusual characteristics, and you’ve probably got a solid contender for the world’s most beautiful book shop.

That’s certainly what the handwritten sign exclaims outside the Libreria Acqua Alta in Italy’s stunning Venice. Its name translates as “High Water Bookstore” and its entrance lies on one of the city’s most famous canals.

With stacks of books covering every possible surface, including a full-size gondola and old bathtubs, it’s an establishment that tries to use objects which have a connection to water – adding to the shop’s quirky identity. What’s even more charming is that old unsaleable books, like outdated encyclopaedias, have literally become part of the building, acting as walls and steps where necessary.