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Books and Boats! The unique beauty of Venice’s Libreria Acqua Alta

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Read more about this beautiful and unique Venice bookstore that has its books in gondolas and other boats due to Venice's rising water level.

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One of the most unique and beautiful bookstores of the world is in Venice. And it’s a little bit like Venice in its lovely disorganization.

Venice is sinking, the water level is rising, and water is, obviously, no friend to books. The Libreria Acqua Alta (translation: High Water bookstore) has handled Venice’s flooding during the high water season by placing its many tomes in gondolas, bathtubs, and boats.

Stacks of damaged books are used for decoration, particularly at the back of the shop, where they form a staircase leading to a viewpoint. The spot is an incredibly “Instagrammable” place, so it can get crowded during the peak of the tourist season.

The shop displays a combination of new and used books. However, the overwhelming imp