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Best Books, Music & Movies in Rome

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The staff are particularly competent and polite in this specialist bookshop which stocks all kinds of books on esotericism, Eastern philosophy and religion. It is popular with those looking for something different, an alternative to Western culture. It is frequented by many scholars of theology.

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Bookàbar

Palazzo delle Esposizioni, a space that is popular for hosting various traveling exhibitions, is also home to this vast bookstore called Bookàbar. Renowned architect Firouz Galdo, has given this place a wonderful contemporary design. White walls surround the colorful racks of books. Design and art are the central themes running through the publications sold here. Many titles are in accordance with the exhibitions held at the palazzo. This palzzo also has a bar and a restaurant, where you can satisfy your hunger pangs while sitting down with your favorite book.

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Librairie Française de Rome

Librairie Française de Rome offers Romans and visitors to the city a space to explore French culture. Every kind of historic, scientific and literary text can be found in this French bookshop, all naturally, in the French language. The friendly and helpful staff are always willing to assist their clientele in any way. Librairie Francaise de Rome acts as a meeting point for the French community in Rome thanks to their strong ties to the nearby French Embassy and desire to spread French culture to the masses.

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Fahrenheit 451

This delightful, family book shop stocks works published by the smaller Italian publishing houses, as well as those by well-known publishers. Since 1989, this store has been delighting various book lovers with their extensive collection. This is the right place to come for those who are trying to find an obscure publisher or book, not to mention those looking for a rare copy of their favorite book. This store is a wonderful place to pick up something for a friend who is an avid reader.

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Libreria Spagnola

While visiting this eternal city in Italy, why not explore a bit about the culture of their neighboring country, Spain? Libreria Spagnola with its immense collection, of more than 30,000 publications, on Spanish and Latin American literature, aims at promoting this knowledge amongst locals and visitors to the city. This library also lends its space to host various interesting events and workshops headed by popular poets, writers, eminent leaders and musicians. Established in 1962, this library occupies a prime position on the popular Piazza Navona, right opposite the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi.

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Open Door Bookshop

There is a comforting smell of old books, that pacifies and relaxes the mind. The yellowed pages, faint lettering and creamy smoothness of the pages are a pleasure to the book-lover. The Open Door Bookshop provides a similar experience with its vast collection of second-hand books. Dealing in books since 1976, the bookstore has garnered quite a few loyalists who browse through its stock in search of prized labels. One can also sell our collection to the store at reasonable prices.

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Altroquando

If you want to take a break from your historical tour and catch up with the reel world, then Altroquando is your ideal destination. This extensive space that is primarily a bookstore also hosts film screenings and various entertaining events, like workshops for children, photography courses, music lessons and more. A cinema-buff will find the DVD of any movie title he is looking for as well as paraphernalia associated with it, and also books on directors, actors and the work. Guests can find books on photography, art and fiction here.

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Anglo American Book

This is the place where anybody who wishes to practice their English, including foreigners who are passing through Rome, can find English language books, magazines, dictionaries and university texts. There are around 45,000 titles available, but if you cannot find the book you are looking for, Anglo American Book also has an order service.

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Antica Libreria Cascianelli

This bookshop is perfect for students and collectors of rare titles, where is possible to find historic texts hard to locate in most other stores. The texts are well cared for and come from private collections or from the shop owner's own research. He will also recommend trustworthy book restorers to clients. Contemporary books on historical themes are also on sale here.

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Libreria Griot

The culture and traditions of Africa comes alive in Trastevere at Libreria Griot. Established in 2008, this bookstore houses a vast literature, fiction as well as non-fiction titles penned by African authors. This store hosts various events led by prominent speakers, that can be enlightening and enables to broaden one's perspective on various cultural issues. Workshops that bring the familiarize the people with African traditions, like language classes, are conducted here.

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Almost Corner Bookshop

Native of Ireland Dermot O'Connell, offers avid readers in the city with a haven to immerse themselves in. This small bookstore, nestled in Trastevere neighborhood, houses a humungous collection of books ranging across various genres. From thriller, fantasy, suspense, fiction, to non-fiction, anything title you need you will find here. If you can't find a publication you are looking for, the amicable staff will strive to get it for you. Apart from their vast collection of English books, you can also find some foreign titles here.

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IBS

This extremely large bookshop, spread over many floors, has sections devoted to all kinds of books. The upper floor is dedicated to the humanities such as psychology, philosophy and medicine. The music department comprises of a huge collection of books on the subject and customers can also hear the latest CDs. The basement, housing a variety o paperbacks, is a place that fiction lovers should explore. There is also a good coffee shop on the top floor where you can relax while leafing through your purchases. This library also host events that will be enjoyed by the readers, like book signing or author speeches.

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