Guide to Florence’s Best Bookstores


Check out our selection of the best bookshops and bookstores in Florence

Looking for the best-seller of the moment to help you go through the cold evenings of winter? Or maybe you just want to wander between the shelves of a cute bookshop waiting for your eyes to be caught by a mysterious title or a pretty cover? From crime novels, love stories, classics to art books and essays, here is a guide to the best bookstores of Florence to satisfy your reading wishes.

paperback exchange bookshop florence

Paperback Exchange

Via dell’Oche 4r
Mon-Sat 9am-7pm; Sunday closed

A few steps from the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral stands the main English bookshop of Florence. Paperback exchange is the Anglo-American bookstore of reference for both expatriate residents and students. The store offers a very rich choice of books, from the newest best-seller to second-hand books. This place is also open to book exchanges, you can come with the book you have just read and trade it for a new one. If you’re not sure of what you are looking for, the welcoming Anglo-American staff will be happy to help you!

Florence bookstore Guide Todo Modo

Todo Modo

Via dei Fossi 15
Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm; Sun 11am-7pm

This hidden bookshop in the city center is a magical place for book lovers.  Small place, vintage vibes, good books, coffee and wine… This is what Todo Modo is. From floor to ceiling, this incredible place is filled with books of every kind, from magazines, novels to children stories. Even if most of the books are in Italian, they also have an English selection. This bookstore is the perfect place to go to relax with a good book and a glass of wine, to study or to organize a work session with your colleagues. The incredible staff is always ready to share their precious literary or food advice with you.

Florence bookstore Guide
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La Feltrinelli RED

Piazza della Repubblica 26/29R
Mon-Sun 9am-8pm

Situated under the arches of the majestic Piazza della Repubblica, La Feltrinelli is without a doubt the main bookstore in the city center. This modern huge shop has everything you can dream of and offers a lot more than just books. Movies, music, food and gifts are also available in this bookshop. The selection of books in English is quite large, you can easily find classic authors next to the new trends. The bar of the bookstore is also a nice place to work or relax with a cup of coffee.

Libreria Libraccio

Via de’ Cerretani, 16/R
Mon-Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 10.30am-8pm

Just a step away from the Duomo, you can find Libraccio, another major bookstore in the city center of Florence. This place is full of interesting and various articles. The ground floor is mainly dedicated to the recent books of all kinds, with foreign languages sections: French, Spanish and English. This place also offers a large range of stationery and educational resources as well. If you have some books you want to sell, Libraccio is the place to go. The staff will offer you a price you are free to accept or not. The whole first floor of the store is dedicated to the second-hand books, and if you look carefully you might find real vintage treasures on the shelves.  

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