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Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella

Via della Scala 16, 50123 Florence, Italy
055 216 276
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Ranked #29 of 215 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Shops, Specialty Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Providence, Rhode Island
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

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
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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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Bucks
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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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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Oklahoma
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21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Visiting this very old 'pharmacy' is very much worth the time and effort it takes to find. The inside is lovely with chandeliers, arched, painted ceilings and very classy perfumes, oils, lotions, etc. I'm not a perfume wearer, but the closet fragrance, hand and body lotions and creams were unique and special. The products are not cheap but seem very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This place must be what heaven smells like! It's not easy to find because the entrance is very simple and it is quite touristy inside but you should go, anyway, because it's truly unique. Those who complain about the prices probably don't care about quality or craftsmanship. This is a special place full of special products. You don't have to... More 

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Saratoga Springs NY
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36 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We were sent here by the owner of a restaurant across the street. Otherwise we wouldn't have even given it a second glance, as it has a very unimposing sign and no indication of what you might see inside. You open the door and walk into a very classy cosmetics store. it doesn't appear to be a store - more... More 

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