Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, Cărturești Carusel opened its doors in 2015 after five years of massive construction.
The 19th century building, owned by the Chrissoveloni family, once served as a bank headquarters for about 30 years until it closed it 1948. Later on it was used as a men’s clothing store and then a general store during Communist times. After the collapse of the Communist regime, the building was abandoned and fell into disrepair until it was rescued by Jean Chrissoveloni, the great grandson of the first owner, Nicolas Chrissoveloni. Investing around €1,000,000, he tasked the Romanian architectural firm, Square One to oversee the transformation of the historic building and then leased it the Carturesti chain, Romania’s largest bookshop chain.
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It’s actually a concept store – not only a bookstore, but a teashop and a project space as it is actively involved in reviving the artistic scene in Romania. You can find a lot of young Romanian designers’ creations here, from clothes to home design and jewelry, so definitely check it out as it’s a great place to buy designer souvenirs.
Carturesti Verona is the perfect place to be if you’re looking for a quiet spot for a few moments, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, even though it’s very centrally situated. During the summer they also have a really nice and huge terrace where I recommend their delicious lemonades.
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