Sometimes, even in Rome you just need a good book. The problem is, in a city that speaks mostly Italian it can be difficult to find bookstores that speak your language. That doesn’t mean it is impossible though, you just have to find the right tour of Rome that will show you all you need to get the perfect book in an entirely new area. After all, visiting bookstores can be a fun and interesting experience, especially in an entirely new country. They are just one of many things to enjoy in the city of Rome.
Probably one of the first bookstores the majority of people coming to Rome will see. Borri Books actually sits inside the Termini train station. It also happens to be a rather large store at that. You would think to normally avoid a bookstore set up inside a terminal of any kind, but this one actually does a good job of being a stand-alone and large store with a variety of choices. The store is composed of the three stories that the station is, but you’ll only find the English section of books on the third floor. It’s a perfect destination to start your book tour across Rome, or even just to kill some time if you need to wait for the train.
Hidden in the streets around the Piazza del Popolo you will find this bookstore, looking like it belongs quite well with the rest of the historic area. The only problem is that it is also consumed by the heaviest traffic of tourists too. Luckily this bookstore is a great reprieve from the crowds and it is exclusively focused on providing English books, in a town composed of mostly Italian. The bookshop has a long history and has moved a few times throughout Rome, but now it sits as a rather large selection of English books from the US and UK. If you can’t find something from the thousands of books on display, then you can even order some as well from them while you are there.
Almost Corner Bookshop
This little bookshop used to sit on a corner a decade back, but now it hangs around nearby a corner in the Trastevere district, which is where its name came from. Most of the selection you will find are actually entirely new books, so no used ones to be found here. Instead you’ll find a little bit of everything, with a clear focus on English books once again. The owner of the shop practically knows everything about any of the books that are in the store, which makes finding anything specific that you want the perfect place!
Open Door Bookshop
Continuing with our tour, we find the next shop nearby Almost Corner and still within the Trastevere area. If you can navigate the craze of people in the cobbled paths then you’ll find the perfect little second hand bookstore to go along with the new book store you were just in. This bookstore has a wonderful selection across all different languages with the biggest section for English books. You’ll find good old book smell and plenty of incredibly cheap and sometimes free books to be had.
If you’d like to see more of the bookstores across Rome you will have to take a trip there and see for yourself! You can find other stores like La Feltrinelli, which is a chain bookstore, and in particular you will want the International one found in Rome. You can also find Liberia del Viaggiatore, which are mostly Italian books, does have a few good sections for travel in English.
That concludes are little bookstore tour through Rome! Get out there and grab a book!
Sarah Murphy has worked in Dublin for the last two years as a blogger, web content manager and marketing coordinator. A journalist by training and travel junkie by nature, she regularly travels to Italy for both business and to experience some of the Rome tours, where she mostly spends her time in search of the perfect gelato.