Before I even arrived in Venice I had been told to look for this odd bookshop.
We found it open one morning and I spent a happy 20-30 minutes browsing and chuckling to myself at the ‘design’. Inside, apart from all the books, is a full size gondola. Full of books of course. And two figures in Carnevale costume.
And like every self-respecting bookshop it has a cherub or two.I bought two books of photographs of Venice – looking for ideas as much as anything. I did not look at them until I arrived home. One was rather ordinary but I did enjoy Serenissima – Venice in Winter by Frank van Riper and Judith Goodman. In addition to some excellent photos it has a generous helping of entertaining and instructive text. I forget what I paid for it – maybe 30 Euros. A very different insight into Venice without the tourists. Maybe it sewed the germ of an idea in my mind.
Don’t miss this bookshop if you go to Venice. Pop in and say ciao to Luigi, the owner.He is something of a character. Probably he thinks the rest of us are eccentric. Maybe he is right.
Calle Longa S.M. Formosa 5176; Castello 30122 Venezia it says on the bookmarks. He also does B&B if you don’t mind sharing with a cherub.