Last year I wrote a blog post about five of my favourite bookshops in Torino, which you can find here. But one of the great things about this city is that its beautiful bookshops are almost unlimited, and so this year I thought I should add a few updates. Featured this week, Libreria Il Banco, one of Turin's most particular and unusual bookshops:
Originally, Il Banco was set up just as a summer bookstall along one of the city's busiest shopping streets, Via Garibaldi. But apparently the other local shops noticed a drop in sales when the bookshop was taken down in the winter, and so they asked for it to be reinstated permanently. Thirty-seven years later, it's still here. It's Turin's (and probably Europe's) longest bookshop, with one single corridor of books stretching about sixty metres along the street. The bookseller, Lina, is very helpful and passionate about books, and it's even air-conditioned in summer! I'd definitely recommend it.
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