Paolo Olbi

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Try your hand at writing your own literary classic in journals bound by a master craftsman. Every day, Paolo Olbi sets his practiced hands to work: arranging paper into signatures, sewing text blocks, and gluing hardcovers together. His shop has endured changing times, from when it first opened in 1962. Since then, he’s been keeping the book-binding tradition alive. Antique machines, like a typographical press, aide him from time to time. He uses the printing press to stamp book covers, postcards, and bookmarks. Crack open a tome to creamy Venetian paper pressed between the vegetable-tanned Tuscan calfskin. Olbi’s gondola-, flower-, and gryphon-patterned products have remained a steadfast specialty. The passion is contagious—next thing you know, you’ve emptied your pockets for one of each product and enrolled as an apprentice in one of his workshops!


Souvenirs · Hole-in-the-Wall · Boutique Feel · Cultural · Long-standing Classics · Little Luxury · Local Treasure · Traditional · Good Craftsmanship · Handmade · Real Deal · Attentive Staff · For Two · Small Groups · Solo · Timeless Classics · Splurge

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Dorsoduro 3253/A, Venice, Italy

+39415237655
Cash only, Indoors, Air conditioning

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