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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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Activities: Shopping
Description: 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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Beautiful church-like building with upmarket products and lovely tearoom, an oasis of calm in a frenetic city.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Beautiful church-like building with upmarket products and lovely tearoom, an oasis of calm in a frenetic city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I had read about this very old pharmacy and hoped to visit it. The pharmacy is located near the railway station. The building is just amazing and so old and full of history. There are a few very large rooms to visit and lots to see. They even have an area where you can have tea and cakes etc. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

An amazing walk back in time of the history of scents! The walls are filled with antiques from apothecaries and there are interactive screens that take you through the story of the company. Although some items were affordable (lovely wax sachets) others were quite expensive (tobacco soaps). Also, a charming tea room with teas made by the store.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Wonderful shopping experience for the scent lovers. Each room with different theme and products, you get dizzy just from the smells and scents and wonderful packages, easy and relaxed atmosphere, unique place to visit.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Hiding behind an inconspicous facade is the most incredibly beautiful perfume shop you will ever see. The fragrances are heavenly and the building is just so beautiful one can not help but be impressed. Contrary to some earlier reviews posted here, we found the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly; not at all snooty like some others have mentioned.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

While challenging to find, it was with it. Easy to miss, look for the blue awning with the name. Absolutely breathtaking inside, wonderful and expensive products with patient and friendly attendants.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Blink and you will miss the entrance to this amazing place. We have never seen anything or anywhere like this before. It is like stepping back in time. Set up by monks who lived in Santa Maria Novella as a pharmacy to prepare lotions and potions to treat people with the plague, many hundreds of years later, it is now... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A gorgeous shop with a venerable history, dating back to the 1200s. Given the relatively grimy street (near the train station) where the shop is located, I wasn't sure I was on the right track to find a high-end perfume shop but there it was. Some reviews said the sales staff was haughty but I went there twice and was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I was recommended to check out this historic chemist, that dates back to 1221, founded by the Dominican Friars. It details and displays different ailments and the remedies for each condition. No member staff spoke to us as we toured the shop, and to be honest, I felt somewhat intimidated by them. I did not feel that I could approach... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I was so excited to visit this attraction. It is stunning, the grounds and interior are lovely. So lovely, they inspire you, along with the history, to learn and purchase. But only if I knew what to do. It was not very busy and I wandered trying to figure out how it worked. I would walk up to counters and... More 

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