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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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A Beautiful Apothecary in the heart of Florence

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Wandered into the farmacia after reading about it in my guidebook. The rooms were quite exquisite and it was full of young women showing lotions and fragrances. Was fun to try them (some pressure to buy) - felt very luxurious in an old-fashioned way. A fun stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Typical of Florence, you never know what awaits you behind an un-assuming door on a regular street. Upon entering I initially thought I was in the lobby of an understated luxury hotel but after walking in a few meters you realize you are in the right place. I am not one who normally enjoys perfume shopping (I hold my breath... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The pharmacy is truly gorgeous, a piece of art, a museum. I knew that when i'd visit Florence this would be one of my stops. As a cosmetics enthusiast, this is like a pilgrimage! The one thing i absolutely didn't like though is the staff. I found them extremely cold and condescendent. The only person that was very nice was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. A former convent it now has candles, lotions and creams made with ingredients from Tuscany. I buy a couple of jars of hand cream (crema per mani) every time I am in Florence.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

A travelling friend told me about this beautiful perfumery, so I just had to seek it out when in Florence. The entrance is a little deceptive, as you feel like you are actually entering a hotel lobby. The beauty of the frescos and cabinetry took my breath away. What a stunning sight to behold! My husband and I wandered through... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is an interesting experience, as the building is beautiful inside, and smells heavenly. Products of soaps, perfumes, lovely things are inside, but very expensive. A bit intimidating, as the clerks stand at their stations and smile, looking at you until you ask a question. It does have an interesting history, and I would recommend visiting....there is a wonderful shop... More 

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Address: Via della Scala 16, 50123 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055 216 276
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > Santa Maria Novella

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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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