223 bookshops closed in Rome between 2007 and 2017.
There is more bad news for Roman bookshops with the closure of two Feltrinelli bookstores - including Feltrinelli International which stocked books in English and other foreign languages, according to Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.
In addition to Feltrinelli International, beloved of the city's foreign residents, English-speakers and tourists, the Feltrinelli branch in Prati will also close it doors from 7 January.
The closure of the bookshops - in particular Feltrinelli International near Piazza della Repubblica - represents a major cultural loss for the capital and comes as other landmark bookshops such as Libreria del Viaggiatore recently closed their doors.
It is however representative of a growing trend: in the decade between 2007 and 2017, Rome saw 223 bookshops close their doors for good, according to Confcommercio.
For information about Rome's English-language bookshops see our guide. Photo La Repubblica.
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Feltrinelli Bookshops close in Rome
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