A serendipitous moment led me to discover this charming and unique bookstore in Castello. I had just returned from spending part of the day on the island of Burano and was hurriedly walking in the direction of the church of Santa Maria Formosa. My trip was winding down and I had only a couple of days left in Venice and there were so many places I had yet to see. Coming from Fondamenta Nuove, I was walking in the general direction of the church when I saw a couple of kids playing in a courtyard that had a large table full of books. On top of the pile of books was a sleepy tuxedo cat.
The kitten opened his eyes as soon as I approached him.
A friendly man standing by the door waved at me in a welcoming gesture. As soon as I stepped inside I saw a gondola smack in the middle of a room overflowing with books. How cool and eccentric is that, I thought.
I walked around looking at stack after stack of books in many different languages.
I asked the man (whom I assumed by now was the owner) permission to take pictures and after giving me an effusive sí, he told me not to leave without taking a look at the back. The back is where one can see the canal and the water gently splashing against the building. I thought I had taken a photo of the canal behind the bookstore but I couldn't find it.
One of the many resident cats.
I left in a hurry to try to make it to S. Maria Formosa before the doors closed. Got there a bit late but I wasn't too disappointed. The libreria left a happy feeling in me and a desire to return and browse through the stacks of books. I have the bookstore bookmarked on my Google map and in case I forget the address, I can always look it up in Annie's fantastic Venice Shopping Guide.
note: I'm not blogging about Venice in a chronological order. I think it would be fun and interesting to do the entries with random topics, like I did with Morocco. Plus, I still have to organize and label many of my photos, in particular those taken inside the churches.