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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 museum...

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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LOVED THIS PLACE!!!

This place was one of the highlights of Florence for me as I adore perfume and cosmetics. They sell beautiful perfumes. I recommend Cinquanta, which is one I bought for myself. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
BlackyTheTravelhound
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Newport Beach, California
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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was one of the highlights of Florence for me as I adore perfume and cosmetics. They sell beautiful perfumes. I recommend Cinquanta, which is one I bought for myself. I also recommend the Carta d'Armenia, which is a little box of beautifully scented papers that can be used to scent your home and later burnt like incense. I... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit Santa Maria Novella, you must check out the Pharmacy around the corner. Even after two years, I can still smell the scents of the perfumes, colognes, and soaps from the Pharmacy of SMN. I learned about it from Rick Steves, and it did not disappoint. I bought a bottle of Acqua di Santa Maria Novella and have... More 

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York, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I adore this brand which has been around for several hundred years. The Potpourri is like the scrapings of a hedge bottom saturated in an oil that lasts for months. Take a good look at the range.

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Thank Carol P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The owner of the villa where we stayed in San Paolo recommended we visit the Santa Maria Novella pharmacy while in Florence. Being unaware of what awaited us, we were so pleasantly surprised by the abundance of perfumes, soaps, apothecaries, and beautiful displays that we found here. A very unique place. Would visit again, and purchase more

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Thank BreFtz
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overrated perfume shop that sells dog bowls and has a tea room. Stay away from this place, major tourist trap

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to Florence isn't complete without a stop at the Profumo Farmaceutica Di Santa Maria Novella. It is easy to walk past the door without realizing the apothecary that lies behind it. The profumo has existed since 1221 and offers a wide range of perfumes and complete skin care options. Once inside the shop proper, there are price lists... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the reasons that I went to Florence was to see this Parfum Palace! The Fragrences are really unique and the pharmacy is a must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are so many places to see in Florence but if you have time visit this lovely pharmacy! It's not so easy to find as it's not located in piazza Maria Novella so you have to ask which direction to follow in order to find it. Smell the perfumes and enjoy the architecture! There is a history behind it so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our host had recommended the pharmacy as a must-do during our stay and as it was located just minutes from our front door, we decided to give it a shot. Wow! Such an amazing experience to gaze at the immaculate ceilings and to take in the ancient fresco on display. The whole place had an amazing scent to it -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

I was prepared for a tiny little apothecary in a dimly lit space. Wrong. Multiple rooms, beautiful things from soaps, to tinctures, to perfumes. You're given a card which is digitally updated with items you want to purchase. Very 21st century. At the end of the visit, you present your card and the staff load your booty in a bag.... More 

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Santa Maria Novella
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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