Finding an English bookstore in Florence only takes a short walk from the main city center and the Duomo, because Paperback Exchange, open since 1979, has been catering to English readers like you for years.
While your choices might be limited at every other bookstore in Florence, you'll find new and used reads here, with all sorts of genres.
Whether you're an expat looking to build your library or a visitor looking to find a good read while you're in the city, Paperback Exchange offers quality recommendations, so you'll likely end up with a book you love.
The cozy interior of Paperback Exchange bookstore — Photo courtesy of Paperback Exchange
Originally family owned, Paperback Exchange started out as a small business dedicated to providing local English-speaking readers with books for cheap prices. Most of the books are lightly used, adding to the overall cozy, homey feel of the store.
Furnished with overstuffed chairs and spots to curl up with a book, the store is reminiscent of the old-fashioned stores that true readers love and that are now hard to find in the States.
One of the best reasons to visit the store is the friendly, extremely knowledgable and well-read staff. They'll be happy to help you if you're at a loss of what you want to purchase while on your vacation.
You might also want to ask them about the Florence section. When you need guides or information about the city in order to really enjoy it, this area of the store can help you find out what you need.
There's also a section of fiction featuring the city of Florence. You'll find old paperback editions of classics like A Room with a View and newer books set in the city, too, like Dan Brown's Inferno.
A major perk this store offers expats is the ability to bring in already-read titles. If you've carried too many titles in your suitcase and you want to lighten the load, this is the perfect spot to return for some store credit. You can use it to buy some new books or for your next trip to Florence. The wide selection of genres makes certain that you will be able to find something of interest to you.
Also, if you're a student in Florence, you can often find all the materials you need for classes here. The store has direct partnership with the study-abroad programs and offers students the titles they need in order to succeed in class.