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Cats from Venice {Italy}

acqua alta libreria

This is a guest post by Marianna Zampieri from Cats in Venice

You've probably heard of the Library of High Water or Acqua Alta Libreria in Venice, a mythical place where tons of old books, maps, and magazines are stacked in gondolas, bathtubs, and waterproof bins in case the canals would flood. To complete the look, the library is also home to several cats.

The library is only fifteen years old, so it's not as ancient as many people claim. About twelve years ago, two female kittens occupied the library. When they became pregnant, the owner, Mr. Luigi, gave away the cats but kept the mom, Tigre, and two of her daughters, Dominique and Mussipull. One of them, Pirro, came back but was unfortunately stolen a few years later.

Tigre, Dominique, and Missipull are always present at the Library of High Water, except for the winter, because then they prefer the warmth of a home.

library of high water ziggy

Tigre is very fond of Mr. Luigi. She's like his shadow. If he moves, she follows him. If he talks, she looks at him with love. It's a real treat to witness their relationship.

So, if you can't find Tigre, you have to look for Mr. Luigi first because they're bound to be together. And if you still can't find her, you have to look inside a box on one of the shelves because she's usually hidden.

gatto tigre

Sometimes, Tigre can also be found in the "erotic corner" of the library, which is, of course, forbidden to kittens. Adult cats only!

tigre gatto
tigre gatto

Dominique is a real hunter. She often brings back presents such as mice and pigeons.

dominique gatto
gatto dominique

Mussipull is nicknamed “machine” because once he starts purring, there's no stopping him.

high water library

There are two newcomers at the library - Ziggy and Cocó. Mr. Luigi decided to adopt them because he was so heartbroken after three of his cats, especially Pirro (son of Tigre), were stolen. Originally from Vicenza, Ziggy and Cocó are hard to tell apart because they're almost identical. For the moment, they “work” only part-time at the library because they still need to get used to the long working hours.

By the way, their three pictures are now on sale in the library as magnets.

library of high water gondola
library of high water
library of high water venice

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You can find the Library of High Water (Libreria Acqua Alta) on Calle Longa Santa Maria Formosa (Campiello del Trinidor) 5176 in Venice, Italy

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high water library cats


  1. Absolutely love books and cats and Venice. How did I not know about this until now?! Great post!!

  2. what a wonderful place and cats,xx Rachel and Speedy

  3. This looks like a fascinating place, and the cats are beautiful. Great photos, too!!
    Carol ("Mimi") from Home with Mimi

  4. Beautiful cats who are lovingly looked after. The one cat reminds me of our Kaspar who follows my hubby around and meows when he leaves. he waits by the door for him

  5. I'd never heard of this place - very cool! And I love the kitty photos, especially that of Mussipull.
    Have a great week,, and thanks for linking up at

  6. waves two everee one frum TT ....yur libraree iz total lee awesum !!! N we lovez de old ship wheelz !! ☺☺♥♥

  7. Total magic, we love the pictures and finding a hidden corner of Venice!

  8. Beautiful black kitty. But those photos make me feel claustrophobic.

  9. Mommy is sad she didn't see a single kitty when she went to Venice.

    Emma and Buster

  10. Wonderful place, love the cats. I have not heard of this amazing place before !

  11. Wow, this place is so unique and it has wonderful climate! Cats make it even more special <3

  12. Wow, what a place! Very special with the cats!

  13. Oh my gosh, I love the photos and love the story even more! Wonderful.

  14. What an awesome story and lovely photos!

  15. What glorious photos - I never realised cats were such big readers before :) Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

  16. What a wonderful place! The kitties look so healthy and well cared for. What better place to be than among books!

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