One of the most original bookshop ideas in Venice is for sure Acqua Alta near Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its book stairway, but now I just discovered a new one near the Scuola Grande S. Giovanni Evangelista: a self service book-/antique shop.
You might ask what’s so special about it, as all bookshops are based on the principle of self service? Well, in this shop the owner is not present (thus the shop is closed), but to the left and right of the door you find various old books (in German and French too), DVDs, old tapes, masks, … for sale. When I passed: €2/item.
But how do you pay for the articles you chose if no one is present at the cashier?
Here’s the answer:
A wooden box to drop your €2 coin. Pretty nice idea, isn’t it?
Piacere, mi chiamo Beatrice!
I grew up in the heart of the Alps, in Innsbruck, and decided in 2012 to move from the snowy Tyrolean peaks to the Venetian lagoon.
The travel-bug bit me during an Erasmus stay in France and so I decided after my University studies to start a backpack adventure through Canada.
After one year I said “good bye” to the American continent and moved to Venice (What you do for love!) and searched for a possibility to combine my passion for languages, travelling, culture and reading.
The solution? Four years ago I passed the governmental exam here in Italy to become a licensed tour leader and then a tour guide. Since then I’m guiding visitors through this fascinating city.