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Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella

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Address: Via della Scala 16, 50123, Florence, Italy
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+39 055 216276
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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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Certainly an experience not to be missed

Amazing shop but when you first walk in, slightly intimidating. I wasn't sure what to do so wandered around without going up to any counters to get a feel for the place. You begin... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing shop but when you first walk in, slightly intimidating. I wasn't sure what to do so wandered around without going up to any counters to get a feel for the place. You begin to understand how it's set out and on the left side of the main room make sure you pick up the most exquisite product list printed... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had some time to kill before catching our train and so it was suggested by reception at our hotel to visit this place. So beautifully restored and still in use as a perfumery. Old stamp lists of items for sale available at no cost. Different rooms are used for showing off different items. Soaps and perfumes to mens lotions... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went after dark and the shop was so beautiful that I would recommend an nighttime visit to all. I ended up purchasing a couple of items for myself, but this is a great place if you need to bring gifts back for others. The ambiance and staff are great and you have a wonderful old world shopping experience.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a perfumerie where I now go everytime I get to Florence to buy certain products I love to use. Unfortunately, I don't get there nearly enough. My favorites are the aloe, I put it on everything from sunburns to blemishes. I also like the shampoo it isn’t thick like those in North America I feel it doesn’t have... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fun locale in stazione central di Firenze! Long line, but you take a number then go look around the stazione, maybe have a coffee, then go back! Often they call 4 or 5 numbers in a row because people leave. Good variety, helpful staff, OK prices for imported medications.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Part museum, part retail, all magnificent. The pharmacist is gorgeous to look at, and they carry quality products. Plan to purchase gifts here!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I did not have very high hopes for this pharmacy as I had never before been to such a pharmacy and I was worried it would not be worth going out of my way for. But oh, was I wrong! The building is gorgeous, as are the interiors and all the products are very interesting too. Ended up buying several... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

This apothecary dates back to the year 1612 in a beautiful building. Don't miss the displays of antique remedies as well as the beautifully packaged perfumes, soaps and other products. There are scents for both men and women, but be aware: these products are not cheap tourist buys (€90 for perfume, €10-30 for the soap). The locals were leaving with... More 

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Pittsburgh, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

The structure and decor takes one back in time, with every detail worth study. The service was perfect, and the products.... a delight! I'll be back!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Not easy to find this unassuming exterior to this glorious Pharmacia.. beautifully displayed perfumes, soaps and associated gifts especially at Christmas ...plus a lovely tea rooms ...excellent selection of tea, coffee and fresh cakes all well presented and served... a treat to visit and not expensive! ..enjoy.

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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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