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Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella

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Address: Via della Scala 16, 50123 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055 216 276
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Description: Started in the 16th century by Dominican friars, this is more like a...
Started in the 16th century by Dominican friars, this is more like a museum than a perfume shop since it stocks an awesome range of perfumes, herbal elixirs and soaps based on, of all things, vinegar.
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What a Magical Shop!!

Our tour guide took us to this magical place. My only regret is that I didn't purchase more!! The soaps, lotions & especially the perfumed wax tablets for drawers/closets are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Our tour guide took us to this magical place. My only regret is that I didn't purchase more!! The soaps, lotions & especially the perfumed wax tablets for drawers/closets are amazing and after a year are still fragrant. This will definitely be on my list for a future trip to Florence.

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Siena, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

After living in Tuscany for six months, I found that the Perfumeria e Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella was the most unique and "local favorite" hot-spot that I could share with my guests. This ancient herbarium is full of intoxicating scents, interesting healing compounds, tinctures, chocolates, and more! My favorite: A rose tincture followed by a nice tea (iced on... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

A wonderful opportunity to visit this historic pharmacy near Santa Maria Novella. Beautiful rooms and lovely products for sale. You'll find it hard to leave as there is always something else lovely to smell or see. The perfume is wonderful.

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Brandon, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I was in Florence for 6-weeks teaching a group of college students (juniors and seniors), part of a study aboard program. I took the students here and we had a wonderful experience. The staff were knowledgeable and helpful, answering all sorts of questions for the students. There is high quality perfumes, soaps, and other toiletries for sale. A fine cafe... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A beautiful house where you can read about history of perfumes in Toscana, testing to find your favorite perfume then bring it home if you like.

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York, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Luckily for me, this little Parfume Pharmacy, in existence since 1621, is right across the street from my Airbnb apartment. They have a beautiful museum interior with interactive screens to learn about their history. After perusing their list of products, available in many languages, I finally decided on almond and menthol soaps. My only wish is that they would have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Probably the most unique pharmacy you'd ever visit in the world. It may be a little hard to find as the small entrance looks more like a hotel so look out for the name above the door frame. There's a little tea shop inside & the entire place both looks & smells great. Definitely worth checking out even if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The most beautiful pharmacy ever! Wish all pharmacies looked like this one! The scents were divine. I would recommend a visit if you are into perfumes and tonics. You won't regret it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

It was a bit difficult to find, close but not exactly beside the church. It was a must visit for me since their products are very good but very expensive in the US. As an example, their soap is E10 but $18 in the US. I like their colognes because it is not cloying and synthetic. If you are a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A beautiful interior that is definitely worth a visit. The pharmacy has lots frescoes, paintings, painted domes, and chandeliers. The perfumes, lotions, and soaps are a bit pricey but smell wonderful. Even our two teenagers thought it was a good stop!

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Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.
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