|Typical Roman Cobblestone Street|
Giunti al Punto, an Italian chain bookstore with a small section in English and other foreign languages. It's located just down the street from the Pitti Palace. I didn't get a picture, but I did get a copy of Arrivederci Amore, Ciao, by Massimo Carlotto, which is my favorite book by that author. I thought it would be fun to have the Italian version for my collection!
Onto Rome, and here we had a little more free time and a little more luck when it came to running into bookstores serendipitiously. I did some research ahead of time on English-language bookstores in Rome but when I got there I decided
- I wasn't interested in shopping for English language books in Italy because I can get those at home (duh) and
- I would rather not worry about seeking out particular things and just enjoy what I happened to discover.
|The Open Door Bookshop, Rome|
I also practiced my crappy Italian and chatted with the bookseller about being a bookseller myself.
|Libreria Fahrenheit 451, Rome|
|Centro Storico branch of la Feltrinelli|
The first one we visited, on the via del Babuino, was a straightforward affair and fun to browse through. The Centro Storico location featured books, music and movies, as well as a swell-looking café. I visited at the end of an extremely long day of walking so I didn't spend the time there that I would have if I had been visiting at my leisure, but I did pick up a great book on Italian cinema, Il Grande Cinema Italiano, by Roy Menarini. A year-by-year, movie-by-movie history of Italian movie making, it's going to be a great resource. It's all in Italian but I can figure out most of it. We visited a third location near the first, this one a specialty Feltrinelli called RED (Read, Eat, Dream. Leggi, Mangia, Sogna), which carries a large selection of Italian food and other specialty items as well as books. Here, Jeff finished collecting the Hitchhiker's series!
|Libreria Tasso, Sorrento|
The bookstore is smallish and filled with books for locals and tourists alike; they have a selection of English language books as well as guidebooks and souvenir books and other items. I picked up a 2013 calendar of famous Italian films. Fun!
|Libreria la Conchiglia, including many of the books they publish.|
|Simenon gialli at a Roman Feltrinelli|
Most places had at least some books in English, French and German as well as other languages as well as travel guides and souvenir books prominently displayed.
Overall I think my visits to Italian bookstores just made me want to learn Italian all the more, so I can read more of the beautiful and fascinating-looking things that are available!