The Best Independent Book Stores to Visit in Verona
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Don’t leave Verona without spending an afternoon browsing some of its great independent bookshops, each of which has its own unique flavor and character. Whether you want to sift through piles of secondhand books, browse for hours in a cozy atmosphere or sit over a coffee in a radical-chic book cooperative, all book lovers can find their next favorite place in the city here on our list.
A magical place for readers, there’s a bit of everything here at Il Gelso. The place is crowded with good books, well-made stationery and other curios, making for a really warm and welcoming atmosphere. You can spend hours browsing here amid the well-curated displays, but it certainly won’t be long before this becomes one of your favorite places in the city.
This well-stocked store near the historic center of the city carries two stories worth of new releases and used books at half price. It’s also a great place for CDs, DVDs, and stationery. You’ll be sure to find what you need, and if you don’t, you can always place a request through the staff.
Close to the center of the city but tucked away in Corte Sgarzarie is this little bookshop, full of color and creative vibes. Roberta, the owner, is warm and helpful and she carries a small but strong selection of fiction and nonfiction, as well as poetry, films, and gift items. The shop is also an event space in the evenings, hosting readings and signings with authors.
Italy has a great tradition of comic books, and you’ll be sure to discover plenty of that here at Verona Fumetti, dedicated to comics of all shapes and sizes, from Japanese manga to Argentine graphic novels. This is the perfect place to plunge into a thick volume by great Italian artist/writers like Gipi or Zerocalcare.
Verona Fumetti, Via Guglielmo Marconi, 66 37122 Verona, Italy, +39 045 803 6033
Books, culture and food collide in Veronetta to form this supernova of an alternative bookshop called Libre!, exclamation mark included. More than just a store, it’s a cooperative space that you can subscribe to for events, exhibitions, workshops and a selection of organic products from local farms. Particularly notable is its section of books about DIY construction from recycled materials, but there’s also a well-curated selection of everything favoring small and independent presses.
Libre!, Via Scrimiari 51, Verona, Italy, +39 045 803 3983
Libropoli is one of the best places in the city to sell and buy used books. It caters in particular to students because of its location in Veronetta, in the center of the student zone along the Via San Vitale.
Libropoli, Via S. Vitale, 7, 37129 Verona, Italy, +39 045 594008