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Before exploring Venice, if you would like to know about this beautiful city, start off at Libreria Studium. This local and popular bookshop stocks books that highlight the history and culture of Venice. Apart from that, it also sells other stuff like novels, childrens literature and so forth. However, its collection is not restricted to Italian language, but also features books in Spanish, English and French.
The publishing house and bookshop, Libreria Filippi, lies on Casselleria in the Castello district. A mainstay for many, many years, this charming, old bookstore is a haven for bibliophiles from all over the world. The family run shop, which is now operated by the third generation of its founding family, stocks a very good range of books on Venice and the Venetian culture - whether it's you're interested in history, architecture, art, costumes, theater or music - you'll find a plethora of informative books and magazines here. There are several hard-to-find, out-of-print books on offer too, along with an interesting collection of photo archives and various other ephemera.
Libreria Bertoni is truly off the beaten track. It is on the Calle della Mandola, which runs from Campo Manin to Sant'Angelo. At the top of the fork where the calle runs past the Fortuny building, you will find this piece of the past. It is a second-hand bookshop, but not in the usual sense. Bertoni follows in his father's footsteps and goes out looking for rare books, both in other bookshops and in the warehouses of publishing houses. It is a place for true bibliophiles. Pop in and have a look.
The bustling neighborhood of Castello is home to one of the most interesting bookshops in the city. One look inside Libreria Acqua Alta, and you'll fall in love with the place. Books appear to have ransacked the entire store, spilling over from the bookshelves to every conceivable space in the sparse area, from the decorative gondola to the out-of-place bathtub. The chaotic set up has a strange charm to it, and has made the bookshop, a well-loved institution in the city. Needless to say, the store's collection is eclectic.
Touted to be one of the oldest book shops around town, the Libreria Toletta boasts of a vast collection of books. It has books that date back to the 1970s era and also has editions of leading publishing houses. And, the reading material available here is not restricted to Italian language, but features English titles too. For more details, check website.