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Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella

Address: Via della Scala 16, 50123 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055 216 276
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Ranked #7 of 204 Shopping in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty shops, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Started in the 16th century by Dominican friars, this is more like a museum than a perfume shop...
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Type: Specialty shops, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: 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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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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Peachtree City, Georgia
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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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London
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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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Big Bear Lake, California
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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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St Marys Ga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I hate to admit it, but the first time I visited this establishment was in 1974. I've made it a point to stop in whenever I'm in Florence. I was reminded to do this review when a friend sent me a thank you note for the almond soap I gave her for Christmas. The building itself is worth a visit... More 

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Reading, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

As soon as you enter this "pharmacy" the incredible fragrances of their products surround you. At one time, this actually was a pharmacy. Now what it "dispenses" are perfumes, potpourris, soaps, health and grooming products, as well as other items such teas and liquors. We were there in December and the shop was tastefully decorated for Christmas. The products are... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This is not a pharmacy in the traditional sense. It is a "perfumery", a herbal tea vendor, an elegant tea room with its own degustatifs and many other things (including special soap, creams, etc. The entrance may be tricky to find but once inside it is grand and elegant. A fun place for an upscale visit. You just walk in... More 

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North Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This site is worth a visit. It is the longest continuing pharmacy in the world (400 years) and products using the original formulas are still sold here, as well as more modern products. They will give you samples, but the products are expensive - for example, a small tube of eye cream is 55euro. Admission is free and the bathrooms... More 

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