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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 #16 of 207 Shopping & Fashion in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Shops, Specialty Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
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: Historic Sites, Shops, Specialty Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
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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Big Bear Lake, California
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368 reviews 368 reviews
101 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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348 attraction reviews
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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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6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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254 attraction reviews
380 helpful votes 380 helpful votes
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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Bucks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Not particularly well marked on the street side and we could have walked past it. Well worth the detour. Perhaps a little on the commercial side but fascinating nonetheless. Definitely a must-see in Florence.

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

More often visited by Italians than visitors this was a recommended place for us to visit. Located in the street that runs parallel with the Basilica Santa Maria Novella the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica de Santa Maria Novella is a yellow building with a brass plaque outside. The aromas wafting from the main entrance are to die for. Sadly the actual... More 

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jerusalem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Hard not to use superlatives but this place puts all others in the shade! The smell as you enter prepares you senses for an experience not like any other in Florence or all Italy. The beauty of the setting, the helpfulness of the staff---if you could only see one ting in Florence that typifies the city, this is it!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Every time I visit Florence I return to this amazing little gem and I am never disappointed. The inside of the building is beautiful And very atmospheric. I love the colognes and soaps, but for me the best thing they sell is their wonderful pot pourri. It smells gorgeous and lasts for ages and makes a lovely gift, if you... More 

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Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

What a wonderful surprise this was. For one I am amazed at the fact that it is a free attraction, and not only that, you can actually buy all types of teas, soaps, candles, herbs, natural remedies. It is a place to be discovered and on to which I will return many times. The decoration of the rooms, old frescoes... More 

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