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February 21, 2014

18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once

Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice, Italy.

Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice, Italy.

By Ashley Lutz

Bookstores can be a destination upon themselves.

From Venice to Mexico City, check out some of the most interesting book retailers out there.

1. Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice, Italy. 

This bookstore features classic volumes of American and Italian books packed in traditional Venetian gondola boats. But the show-stopping attraction is the back of the bookstore, which opens up to a beautiful canal.

“It’s a bookshop right on the canal that floods every year, so the eccentric, stray-cat-adopting owner keeps his books in boats, bathtubs and a disused gondola to protect them,” writes Paris Review.

The store is also lauded for its extensive art and postcard collections.

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