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La Libreria del Viaggiatore, Rome's Best Bookstore

I hate shopping for anything that I can’t eat, drink, or read. I can’t bear 5 minutes in a clothing boutique or god forbid a shoe store. But I can, and often do, spend hours in produce markets and bookstores. One of my favorite places to browse in Rome (or anywhere else, for that matter) is La Libreria del Viaggiatore. This travel-oriented multi-lingual bookshop on Via del Pellegrino measures a mere 50 square meters, but holds a world of travel literature, guidebooks, and maps, each carefully shelved by owner Bruno Boschin, part man, part encyclopedia, part atlas.

There is an unmatched collection of books about Rome’s food, culture, and archeology, an impressive array of hiking and cycling guides, mainstream guidebooks in English, Italian and French, obscure travel essays, and so much more. Each visit to La Libreria del Viaggiatore is a veritable journey and, whether one is planning a trip or not, just try to leave empty handed. It cannot be done.

Libreria del Viaggiatore
Via del Pellegrino 78
Open 10-14 & 16-20
Closed Sun & Mon AM

2017-02-17T15:18:41+00:00 April 7th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Rome & Lazio, Travel|9 Comments


  1. Joy (My Turkish Joys) April 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I love bookstores! Had a great time at one in Bologna last year. Hope we have time to add this one to our agenda later this month in Rome.

  2. Marian April 9, 2012 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Ha —- The apartment I rented on via di Monserrato is less that 1/4 km from there; I passed it a couple of times but only peeked in once. It’s right near Barnum, which I discovered at the end of my stay last fall.

  3. Sarah May Grunwald April 9, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I love travel books and maps. I love to daydream about where I wish I could go and forget, even for a few mimutes, that I have all these bloody dogs.

  4. Frank April 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    The kind of place I’d love to spend hours browsing in. Sadly such places are fast disappearing, at least on this side of the Atlantic…

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  6. Nathalie (@spacedlaw) April 12, 2012 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I am with you on the shopping except in your list I would also add shops with kitchen equipment and gadgets.
    I love that bookshop indeed, it always makes me dream, along with the one specializing in the sea, on Via di Ripetta.

  7. Valerio April 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    It is hard to walk out empty handed. The shop gives you a great vibe with the array of work at disposal.

  8. Eduardo April 27, 2014 at 4:28 am - Reply


    I’m looking for a book about Pantelleria island. The title is “Il libro dell’Isola di Pantelleria” by Angelo D’Aietti.
    Mi piacerebe molto sapere si voi avete questo libro ed come fare per acquistarlo.

    Grazie mille!

    PS: Questo sitio é molto elegante.

    • Katie May 1, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Ciao Eduardo, questo non e’ il sito della Libreria del Viaggiatore. E’ il mio blog personale:) per tale domanda bisogna rivolgersi al numero (+39) 06 6880 1048

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