Libreria Palazzo Roberti and famous dedications

Libreria Palazzo Roberti, a Bassano del Grappa

Take a look at Libreria Palazzo Roberti’s website: it includes a page “dedicated to dedications”, a rich selection of short thoughts by intellectuals who visited the beautiful independent bookshop in Bassano del Grappa, which opened in 1998 in an aristocratic 18th-century building.

Owned by the Manfrotto family, who now manages the bookstore, the house once welcomed Napoleon for a couple of nights – which is remembered by locals with great irony, considering the huge number of wonderful places where the French leader stopped in Italy.

Countless Italian and foreign intellectuals have visited Libreria Palazzo Roberti: musicians, actors, writers, poets, directors, artists… and they have all left a written sign of their presence, a short thought inspired by this special place and the three Manfrotto sisters, Lavinia, Lorenza and Veronica, owners of the bookstore.

Jonathan Coe thinks Libreria Palazzo Roberti is “one of the most beautiful shops (not only bookshops!) I have ever seen”; Italian critic Vittorio Sgarbi described it as “The utopia of bookstores, where you immediately find anything you look for”.

Daniel Picouly stated it’s “the most beautiful bookstore in the world: it should say so on a plaque at the entrance!”; and Erri De Luca noted, “Inside a wonderful old building, the square centimeters of the pages written by passerby writers have no shadow, like ghosts, and leave behind nothing but a round of ink.”

We hope you can soon leave your own dedication here.

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May 18, 2017

Libreria Palazzo Roberti and famous dedications

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