One of the oldest bookstores in Rome, the Antica Libreria Cascianelli, is a treasure chest of rare books, objets d’art, antiques and prints — a true collector’s paradise unfolding in a décor essentially unchanged since the early XIXth century, complete with an original rail mechanism that operates the retractable store window, and a secret bookcase door opening to backrooms, likely the set for clandestine meetings.

Refined and carefully curated, the store is a cabinet of curiosities wrapped in its original boiseries and blown glass bookcases, and populated with works on Roman history, literature, botany, and medicine. Religion, science, art, and rare first editions meet in its shelves. Its counters are magical displays of scientific objects, memorabilia and carefully chosen artwork and decorative pieces from past eras and faraway places.

A small curated selection of classics, rare unusual, or illustrated volumes from our shelves.

Scientific curiosities, volumes and objects for enthousiasts of studioli and window displays Cascianelli-style.

Anatomical objects, herbaria, fossils, and illustrated zoologies… the vast domaine of the Natural Sciences

Souvenirs, guides, encounters, heirlooms, oriental tales: the nostalgic Elsewhere, both traveled or imaginary.