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Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella

Via della Scala 16, 50123 Florence, Italy
055 216 276
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Ranked #36 of 211 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Shops, Specialty Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping
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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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jerusalem
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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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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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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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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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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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Seriously, read the reviews and then include this gorgeous building in your stroll via the lovely streets & antiquities of this city of Italy ! You go the the tea room & sample the liquors-be prepared to buy some; I did

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Beautiful building once inside but difficult to find. It is attached to the side of the Santa Maria Novella Church near the Train Station. If you start from the Piazza S Maria Novella go West along Via Della Scala only about 100 metres on your right you will find the door and you enter an ancient world with modern touch... More

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adelaide
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I had read prior to our trip to Florence, an overview regarding the Pharmacy of SMN, and as a 'fragrance' buff and a lover of history, this was on the 'to do' list whilst in Florence. I was very lucky in the fact that our hotel (Hotel L' O'rologio), was just a 5 minute walk away in Piazza SMN, so... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

Easy to find in Santa Maria Novella piazza - a stones throw from SMN Train station. Avoid mid day tourist rush and bus loads of cruise ship passengers. So go early in the day. Staff will spend unlimited time designing your own oils and scents - men and woman. Very high end and ship all over the world. The clerks... More

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