Paperback Exchange

Paperback Exchange, Florence: Address, Phone Number, Paperback Exchange Reviews: 4.5/5

Paperback Exchange
4.5
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Are you an English-speaking traveler who loves to read? Trade in some of your old paperbacks and pick up some new ones: with hundreds of titles to choose from, you'll never get bored.
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Neighbourhood: Duomo
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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Ariana
Cleveland Heights, OH139 contributions
Nice
Mar 2019 • Friends
Nice little English bookstore in Florence. Make sure to ask if they have a discount bin--that proved to be very useful for me and my friends.
Written 22 June 2019
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RandiFayeC
Longwood, FL990 contributions
Great selection - near Duomo
Apr 2018 • Solo
Just down the street from our AirBnB. Unexpectedly finished the book I had brought very quickly so when I walked by I was happy to see that I could replenish. They even bought my old book - very happy I didn't have to bring it home to donate.
I stopped by twice, both times the staff was friendly and helpful.
Written 5 May 2018
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Taycheedah
Edinburgh92 contributions
this shop is a treasure
Mar 2018 • Solo
I love this shop, which I first discovered around 15 years ago. The stock is brilliant and very well-organised, the shop is attractive and inviting, the staff are helpful, and it's wonderful to be able to exchange the books I've read en route to Florence for credit towards other books to read on my way back home to Scotland. I think they're very generous with the credit that they offer, and they always have an interesting selection of second-hand books, as well as lots of new ones in various fields. Among the second-hand books, I found an Amy Bloom, a Mohsin Hamid, and a Monica Ali I hadn't already read, so my time at Bologna Airport was spent very happily reading these lovely books. Highly, highly recommended!
Written 18 March 2018
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Tim R
North Carolina Coast, NC215 contributions
Lots to offer ... lots to read
Apr 2017 • Couples
This is a wonderful find for readers. It's a well-stocked book store for those of us always looking to find an important book or two. The staff is alert and friendly. It's simply a wonderful place to browse the shelves, searching for something perfect to read. I'm certain that you can find it here....
Written 30 October 2017
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LeahS1950
Tel Aviv, Israel14 contributions
Books galore
Nov 2016 • Couples
A rainy evening in Florence drove us to search for shelter. The Paperback Exchange was perfect. The huge selection kept us browsing until the rain stopped. Also picked up some hard-to-find second hand books. They have a good selection of quirky travel guides for local sights. Great atmosphere!
Written 26 December 2016
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TawnyaSingapore
Singapore, Singapore168 contributions
Good bookstore, native English-speaking staff!
Jul 2016 • Couples
We popped in here to find souvenirs for young relatives, and were given lots of great help by the staff (owner?). There was a really good selection, and it's within feet of my favorite wine store and a two good gelato places. I could live here!
Written 29 August 2016
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Jonathan
London, UK19 contributions
Beautiful & Peaceful Bookshop
Sep 2015 • Couples
A lovely little shop that is deceptively large and well-spaced out. You can browse for a good hour and there is even some seating if the person who accompanies you needs a rest.

They have a good mix of new and used books, everything from fiction to textbooks, plenty of books on Florence & Italy, and very interesting children's books.

Browsing will pay off, I found a little sale section and managed to pick up a copy of the Aeneid for only €3. They also have a wealth of Dante's Divine Comedy copies to suit everyone's taste and budget.

Even if you're not into classics or used books, they also have a great selection of new releases in both hardcover and paperback.

Best of all, every member of staff was welcoming, polite, and helpful. Not to be missed.
Written 3 September 2015
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ecenada
Istanbul, Turkey139 contributions
Far too expensive
Jun 2015 • Solo
I went to Paperback Exchange the next day I arrived in Florence to buy some secondhand books and seeing the atmosphere of the store, I really liked it. Though the staff was helpful and nice enough, I found the books to be too expensive, I couldn't find a secondhand book less than 8 euros.
But if you want to enjoy the bookworm atmosphere, go ahead but about buying some books I think you should think twice, there are other secondhand bookshops with a reasonable price.
Written 16 July 2015
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BJH-CA
Noosaville, Australia95 contributions
Great find
Jul 2014 • Friends
Found this place near the Duomo - Plenty of English books - big selection - after 2 months travelling nice to get some reading material for the onward journey - staff spoke English and very friendly
Written 30 January 2015
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theoctogenarian
Liverpool, UK19 contributions
Great bookshop
Lovely bookshop down a small street near the Duomo. They sell books mostly in English and a good shop to browse. There are seats inside too encouraging you to spend time. Particularly liked that there were second hand copies on sale too and you can take your old books in and gain credit in the shop. There is also a loyalty card. Very friendly staff who were enthusiastic about their shop and how it works. It was a pleasure to call in and I did so a number of times. Yes I did buy books too.
Written 25 June 2013
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