When strolling along Via dei Fossi, it is easy to walk past Todo Modo and miss the independent bookseller's understated storefront in a split second. In sharp contrast, however, the shop is comprised of a vast and vibrant multi-functional space with more than 15,000 titles on the shelves at their core.
Open every day of the week, Todo Modo has a sequence of rooms to be discovered, with its collection of books spread out throughout three different spaces: a main book shop; a gorgeous café (Uqbar) - offering fresh pastries and coffee, locally-sourced lunch dishes and a varied wine selection for aperitivo; and, at the end of the stretch, a spacious room with a unique multi-level seating arrangement designed to host cultural and theatrical events on a weekly basis.
Todo Modo has been around for a while, with the Florentine cultured set flocking to it as a preferred place to have thoughtful conversation, and to simply disconnect from the bustle of the center of Florence.
If you're wondering where the bookshop got it's name: it comes from a phrase by Saint Ignatius of Loyola, "Todo modo para buscar la voluntad divina" [every possible way to find spiritual will] which was eventually used as the title of an epic criminal fiction written in 1974 by Leonardo Sciascia, a favorite of the owner's.
Todo Modo, Via dei Fossi 15 rosso, Tel. +39-055-239-9110