"Near the former convent that once hosted Galileo and which today houses a school bearing his name, there was a bookshop: much more modest and less-frequented than now, which was accessed through dark and difficult stairs ..." [...]
Spadolini's words and the stained-glass window where great classics, antique maps and unusual publications are all mixed invite you to descend with great curiosity down the stairs of the Giorni bookshop. Located a short distance from the Duomo, the historical bookshop, dates back to 1937 and is a full member of the Associazione Esercizi Storici Tradizionali e Tipici Fiorentini. The uniqueness of this bookshop lies in its vast collection of rare and out of print books. Located in the former convent that now houses the Galileo Classical Lyceum, it came to the fore in the fascist period when it seems that texts forbidden by the regime were housed on its shelves. Even today, it challenges the rules and dogmas of the literary market by offering rare books, antique prints and musical scores that attract orchestral conductors of the caliber of Riccardo Muti. There are also retro-style cookbooks, china lithographs of the city of Florence and a careful selection of cinematographic posters that make it a niche place which is very popular with great collectors, keepers of time-worn books and skilled searchers.