Florence’s leading English bookstore for sale

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September 7, 2018 - 17:28

Here’s an opportunity to capture a second wind, or set your kids up for life, owning a successful business in the heart of Renaissance Italy.


And what a life it is! A dream that began 39 years ago in the shadow of the Duomo for a book-loving couple has yielded a professional and personal experience that has been profitable, stimulating, and deeply satisfying.


But now, Emily Rosner and Maurizio Panichi, the founders of the Paperback Exchange of Florence, Italy, want to retire.



They seek a special buyer filled with enthusiasm for books, community oriented and interested in setting up shop here in Florence, or if from abroad, relocating to this alluring city. They look forward to helping in the transition of this vibrant business into your hands.


An independent and highly active bookstore, the Paperback Exchange is a community as much as a proven and successful income-generating business. Its history is marked by steady and continuous prosperity since opening in 1979 (And so iconic in the Florentine community that it played a role in author Dan Brown’s recent blockbuster, Inferno.)


The business is located on the ground floor of a beautiful, historic, well-maintained building in the very center of Florence—literally in the shadow of the Duomo.


The Paperback Exchange serves the large English-reading population in Florence and Tuscany, and importantly, most of the American universities present in central Italy. Through the robust tourism sector, it has become one of the most popular retail destinations of its kind.


Interested? For a prospectus and more information, please contact owners Emily and Maurizio at [email protected]

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