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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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Activities: Shopping
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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A very neat place to at least visit, even if you aren't interested in buying anything. The prices are reasonable compared to prices back home for the same products. It is easy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

A very neat place to at least visit, even if you aren't interested in buying anything. The prices are reasonable compared to prices back home for the same products. It is easy to find something for everyone. They also have a very neat tea shop inside. Definitely worth the visit.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This pharmacy shop is in its original location, and along with soaps and perfumes, they also have a little museum which you can wander for free. I didn't buy anything because the products were quite expensive. A neat place to see though!

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Beautiful church-like building with upmarket products and lovely tearoom, an oasis of calm in a frenetic city.

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northumberland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I had read about this very old pharmacy and hoped to visit it. The pharmacy is located near the railway station. The building is just amazing and so old and full of history. There are a few very large rooms to visit and lots to see. They even have an area where you can have tea and cakes etc. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

An amazing walk back in time of the history of scents! The walls are filled with antiques from apothecaries and there are interactive screens that take you through the story of the company. Although some items were affordable (lovely wax sachets) others were quite expensive (tobacco soaps). Also, a charming tea room with teas made by the store.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Wonderful shopping experience for the scent lovers. Each room with different theme and products, you get dizzy just from the smells and scents and wonderful packages, easy and relaxed atmosphere, unique place to visit.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Hiding behind an inconspicous facade is the most incredibly beautiful perfume shop you will ever see. The fragrances are heavenly and the building is just so beautiful one can not help but be impressed. Contrary to some earlier reviews posted here, we found the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly; not at all snooty like some others have mentioned.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

While challenging to find, it was with it. Easy to miss, look for the blue awning with the name. Absolutely breathtaking inside, wonderful and expensive products with patient and friendly attendants.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Blink and you will miss the entrance to this amazing place. We have never seen anything or anywhere like this before. It is like stepping back in time. Set up by monks who lived in Santa Maria Novella as a pharmacy to prepare lotions and potions to treat people with the plague, many hundreds of years later, it is now... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A gorgeous shop with a venerable history, dating back to the 1200s. Given the relatively grimy street (near the train station) where the shop is located, I wasn't sure I was on the right track to find a high-end perfume shop but there it was. Some reviews said the sales staff was haughty but I went there twice and was... More 

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