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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the world's oldest pharmacies, established in the 13th century, and set in a beautiful building just round the corner from Santa Maria Novella. Still a working pharmacy and perfumery but with stunning 14th century frescos. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I absolutely loved my shopping experience here. The products are top notch, but the shopping experience is divine. They have a system whereby they hand you a card the size of a credit card and you have 2 ways to add products to the card before you head to the back room to make your purchase (pay + collect the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am a big fan of this brand and having the chance to visit the historical site where all started just made me so excited and happy! As soon as you get in are overwhelmed by the beautiful scent in the air created by the perfumes and all the products. What you come across first is the table with all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely building , beautiful perfumes We'll run , the oldest pharmacy in Florence worth a visit Tucked away from the main shopping area Made famous by the film Hannibal

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On visiting family in Tuscany, my niece took me to visit this incredible pharmacy dating back to 1612. She told me that I would smell it before even we approached the door - and she was correct. Behind Basilica Santa Maria Novella, down a very ordinary back street, is a jewel from the past. The unassuming door is opened into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You won't find this gem by accident, so take trouble to find it, not far from the central train station. Historic building combines with great products to make this a retail experience like no other. The products are not priced, so ask for help to find out what you can afford, and enjoy what you take home!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beautiful historic shop is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. It sits just off the Piazza Santa Maria Novella and was established by Dominican monks in 1221. It has an extraordinary array of perfumes, soaps, body care, accessories along with Liqueurs, honey, herbs, teas, and chocolates. It is part shop and part museum. I have worn one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter brought gifts after a term abroad from this landmark farmacia/perfumeria that dates back centuries, and our own visit was a highlight of our trip to Florence. Mideval architecture meets futuristic shopping experience, where you tell a clerk what product you want, she waves a card through the computer, and when you are finished looking at things ancient and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Well I hope the only cure to your ailment isn't found here because it's pretty high-ended! Jokes aside, the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy is a world-renowned pharmacy that has been operational for more than a millennium! Though it's no longer operated by the Dominican monks, the Pharmacy continues to run in a beautifully-restored building. Certainly, I came in under the... 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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