Autumn is the best season to start a new book. The first cold days are perfect to stay home with a blanket, a cup of hot tea and a great read. Luckily for bibliophiles, Tuscany, Florence in particular, is full of plenty of amazing independent bookstores waiting to be discovered.
Todo Modo is maybe the coolest independent bookshop and café in Florence, with more than 15,000 titles to choose from. All kinds of books can be found in this 180 square metres of space, from second hand books to modern day ebooks. You can choose your book and order it by phone, Facebook, or WhatsApp, but, in any case spending time in this bookstore is a true pleasure. Todo Modo has a great layout with plenty of wooden tables for reading. Free Wi-Fi is also available. The bookshop also hosts events; such as book readings, meetings, performances, and seminars. Other notable facility is the bar in which you can enjoy great organic food and drink.
Located in the Oltrarno area, which has been recently nominated as the most lively neighbourhood in the world, La Cite is mostly frequented by Florentines who come here to sip a coffee, have a beer, read a book or watch a band. This hipster bookstore/pub/café is the perfect place for book lovers and music fans. During the day La Cite is used by students looking to work and study, but come nightfall it turns into an alternative pub.
Arezzo is not the typical Tuscan town frequented by tourists, but beyond its nice central square there is another great reason to come here: Libri Antichi e Rari. This bookshop is a paradise for those who are looking for rare books, as it has a large selection of antique volumes and manuscripts dating all the way back to the 16th century. The books are from the private collection of the owners who assembled an impressive assortment of rarities.