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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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Interesting experience!

I was recommended to check out this historic chemist, that dates back to 1221, founded by the Dominican Friars. It details and displays different ailments and the remedies for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I was recommended to check out this historic chemist, that dates back to 1221, founded by the Dominican Friars. It details and displays different ailments and the remedies for each condition. No member staff spoke to us as we toured the shop, and to be honest, I felt somewhat intimidated by them. I did not feel that I could approach... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I was so excited to visit this attraction. It is stunning, the grounds and interior are lovely. So lovely, they inspire you, along with the history, to learn and purchase. But only if I knew what to do. It was not very busy and I wandered trying to figure out how it worked. I would walk up to counters and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful place with fantastic products. Very expensive but if you buy the drum of bath salts they last for ages and if you leave the lid of they will perfume your room

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Went on way from and back to airport- building as lovely as any I have seen. History of the pharmacy was very interesting and the products on display were outstanding quality. Regrettably couldn't buy perfume [this time] due to liquid restrictions on flight - but pot pourri and scented candles were almost as exotic. Agree with other reviews it is... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I love the history of the pharmacy. The experience was wonderful and the products just beautiful and luxurious. My only regret was not having more time to just soak it all in. We left some beautiful soaps, aftershave and perfumes. We thoroughly loved the experience. The staff is extremely knowledgable, attentive, and patient.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We visited this to kill some time prior to leaving the city and glad we did. It is free, steeped in history and utterly sumptuous. Learn about the chemists and fragrance making, it is stunning. Loads of gifts for the ladies too - but even if you don't buy you should visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Pretty, scent-ful, special! Liked: everything. Disliked: unclear directions as to finding it. Exit the museum/church of SMN (after seeing the Spanish Chapel!) & keep making immediate right turns, you should find it.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Two reasons to visit Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy , the history/architecture and also to purchase products perfumes creams etc. I happily walked around looking at the products as were many other tourists who we busy making their purchases. I love photography so visiting here affords some wonderful photo opportunities! Recommend adding this to your list of things to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This is a stunning place with a rich history. The products are expensive but top quality. Gorgeous colognes soaps, candles etc. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My wife and I visited Florence recently and we had read about this place in the Rick Steves guide book. The history and architecture in this place is worth the visit and the price to get in is right (free). They also offer samples of the many colognes, perfumes, and lotions they sell here. We enjoyed the visit but we... More 

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