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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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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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OMG, that scents !!!

It was not easy to find it, we passed a few times nearby and coudn't find it. Once you found it... wow... The scents, the perfumes.. A must see in Florence.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Alcobaca, Portugal

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Alcobaca, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was not easy to find it, we passed a few times nearby and coudn't find it. Once you found it... wow... The scents, the perfumes.. A must see in Florence.

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Fredensborg Municipality, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unless you are actually looking for the Pharmacy of the monks of Santa Maria Novella, you will never notice the modest entry at Via della Scala. When you come indoor you will experience the 400 year old store. What started with a pharmacy based on products from the monestry herbal garden is now producer of handmade exclusive perfumes, creams&balms, oils,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful and unique shopping experience. Stunning building full of exotic and fabulous fragrances. Charming staff.

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely worth a visit just to see the decor and smell the smells...if you're into healthy teas etc the menu in the tea room is extensive to cure many ills!

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to Florence many times and have had very varied experiences visiting the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella. It has always been very beautiful to look at with frescoes and antiques in abundance. It is also free to visit. I have enjoyed wonderful service there when the place is relatively free of tourists, and the central pick-up system... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy is probably the oldest still-operating pharmacy in the world, and certainly the oldest in Italy. It was established in 1221, when the Dominican monks from the adjacent Basilica of Santa Maria Novella began growing herbs to make balms, salves and medicines for their infirmary. The superior quality of their products became widely known, and in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I really do love this place, one the most reason is This PLACE SMELLS SOOO GOOD !! the moment we get into the room, the fragrance from the perfume fullfil the whole room, i feel relaxed and homey, and the interior inside with the history are sooo beautiful too, and this place is wellknown as the 1st fragrance was invented... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

If you’re into lotions, potions, scents and plenty of history, this pharmacy – the oldest in Italy – is the perfect place to drop into on a hot afternoon. As you might have gathered already, it’s nothing like the sort of ‘medicine’ pharmacies you find in the UK – it’s more like a working museum. Inside it’s cool and spacious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This beautiful historic pharmacy is a wonderful place to buy gifts - for someone special. The smells are heavenly and you can test the various fragrances before you buy. I usually buy potpourri in a silk sachet bag. They make perfect gifts. The silk they use for the bags is made by an old company in Florence and is simply... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

After all the statues and paintings, take a walk and visit this amazing Pharmacy that was opened in 1200 by Monks. They formulated herbal remedies. Today they are still formulating those along with perfumes and potions. They have a tea room, an early chapel and the most amazing collection of machinery used to create products... Do Not Miss this moment.

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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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