Best Italy Travel Books

The best bookshops in Italy – come in, cool off, warm up, read on….

Where to buy books in Italy.In the day of electronic devices allowing you to read, take photos, check your email and what not, there is still nothing like a good ol’ fashioned page-turner…with actual pages.

And you never have to worry about the batteries running out.

Besides the ever-helpful travel guides such as Rick Steves or Lonely Planet, travel stories and even locals’ biographies provide excellent insight into the places you are visiting.

For avid foodies, we suggest cookbooks-cum-souvenirs from travels around Italy. Traditional Italian cuisine changes not only region by region but also even within each town or village area at times, with recipes based on the fresh local produce combined with traditional ways to cook Italian recipes.

paperback-exchange-florenceBooks make great gift ideas to bring back to family and friends. A copy of their favourite-ever book published in Italian or even a book bought at a famous book fair or second-hand book stands at one of the great markets around Italy makes for a unique thing to buy in Italy.

But what are our favourite bookstores in Italy?

We asked around our guides in Florence, Rome, and Venice to create this list of the best places to buy books in Italy.

In Florence, we love the Paperback Exchange for a great collection of English books.Paperback exchange bookstore florence around as you cool down in the summer or warm up in the winter.

If you’re hungry not only for food for thought, but also food for feeding, then try Brac. The entry on Via dei Vagellai, 18 is hard to spot but once you find it, you’ll love it! They have a great menu of café-style food. It’s all vegetarian, but so delicious even the most devout of meat-eaters may not notice.

In Venice we are head-over-heels for Libreria Acqua Alta as much for it’s great selection of books as for it’s unusual décor. The books are kept in old gondolas and a bathtub – plus occasionally even on the shelves – in what may be one of the world’s only flood-proof bookstores. The cats who live here are very happy about that.libreria brac firenze tables be found at Sestiere Castello, 5176/B, 30122.

Looking for books in Rome? Then try Libreria Fahrenheit 451 in Campo de’ Fiori. It’s a stunning little bookstore decorated with local artists’ artworks. This may be one of the trendiest bookstores around, offering not only books but also a great place to mingle with the cool kids of Rome.

Around Italy there are also book carts including across the road from the main train station of Rome (Roma Termini) as well as just off Via del Corso (also a great shopping street in Rome!) and in Piazza Strozzi in Florence you’ll find a great selection of used books on wooden carts for some book browsing al fresco.

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Favorite travel books for Italy?

by simplestlife

I'm about to go buy some travel books on Italy and was curious if anyone had any feedback or recommendations on which books are the best. To give you a sense of what I'm looking for...I want information on the cheap deals as well as the mid-range priced hotels and restaurants. We're traveling on a budget but we're not afraid to spend more when it's worth it.

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