Welcome back! First things first, I must thank each and every one of you for reading along as I countdown to Christmas. My blog has experienced record traffic this week over the last 4 days. Wow. I am overwhelmed and just so grateful.
I've been thinking what I would put into each of the little boxes of this advent calendar. I'm pretty certain my choice would be a few delicious truffles in each box, each a day a different flavor. Wouldn't be too hard, I seem to love every kind of truffle I've ever had. Yes, truffles would do very nicely.
In the previous days, I've introduced you to artisans who practice their crafts to keep Venetian traditions alive. Today I'm introducing you to someone who is responsible for creating a Venetian landmark.
Ready for today's reveal? Drum roll, maestro, if you will.....
|Meet Luigi Frizzo|
We're back in Castello again today, at the Libreria Acqua Alta. Luigi Frizzo's unusual and world famous haven for book lovers is tucked into an old warehouse in Campiello del Tintor, a few minutes off Campo Santa Maria Formosa.
There's no bell for us to ring or "door" to use to gain access to this hidden paradise. Instead you just walk in the entrance, which has racks of books, cards, maps and assorted postcards spilling out into the campiello. Once you've made your way inside, you are usually greeted by both Luigi and a cat or two.
While the shop itself, jammed to the rafters with new and used books, is something to marvel at, it's the owner who makes this place the gem that it is. Luigi opened the shop 15 yrs ago, and continues to add features to the shop each year. Books are stored in a variety of boats and bathtubs, even a gondola, in order to keep them up out of "Acqua Alta", high water. Books that are unserviceable, such as old encyclopedias and waterlogged reference books, have been "re-used" to make stairs in the courtyard, or to line the walls of the rear entryway of the shop.
While the water door is not the main entrance to the book shop, it probably is it's most recognizable feature. This doorway appears in countless photos all over the internet. Luigi's shop is listed as one of the 10 most unique bookshops in the world. After having visited the shop you'll understand exactly why it holds that distinction.
Go ahead, I know you want to. "Follow the books".
This shop is all Luigi's creation- his dream, his child, his labor of love, his gift to Venice.
Definitely put the Libreria Acqua Alta on your list of places to discover the next time you are in Venice. But don't just go to see the books. Please, go to meet Luigi. The man is a legend. And yes, the shop does get high water inside it!
Libreria Acqua Alta, Castello 5167 ,Campiello del Tintor.
And once again, the link to Countdown to Christmas 2014- Day 5. It's Italian Christmas carols!
Today's advent calendar thanks to Bloglovin'