Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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Founded in the early 13th century by Dominican friars, Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella has provided herbal potions and medicines to Florence for nearly eight centuries. Learn more about the monastery and apothecary at the museum. Find out about the tradition of medicinal history at the pharmacy, which is stocked with elixirs and cures. You can buy perfumes, cosmetics, or other beauty products inspired by ancient recipes. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Florence trip simple and quick.
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  • If you like perfumes and body products, this is the place for you. Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella dates back in 1221 Florence and has an interesting story. Besides the products.....  more
    If you like perfumes and body products, this is the place for you. Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella dates back in 1221 Florence and has an interesting story. Besides the products.....  more »
  • The fragrances last 5 minutes on the skin; the soaps leave none at all. The packaging is very routine. Grossly over-priced and excessively over-rated. The staff are common and extremely uppity, with.....  more
    The fragrances last 5 minutes on the skin; the soaps leave none at all. The packaging is very routine. Grossly over-priced and excessively over-rated. The staff are common and extremely uppity, with.....  more »
  • Hands down the most picturesque perfume store I've ever been to. It feels like a museum with perfume products in. Staff so friendly, beautiful smiles no matter if you're purchasing anything or not. 
    Hands down the most picturesque perfume store I've ever been to. It feels like a museum with perfume products in. Staff so friendly, beautiful smiles no matter if you're purchasing anything or not.  more »
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  • Very expensive, but very helpful, if pushy staff. Worth the visit, amd worth the price, IMO, but be prepared for some pretty brutal sticker shock. Be willing to take your time, go in with a budget, and have a firm idea of the scent you are looking for from the beginning. However, from a purely experience standpoint, this is one of the oldest, coolest places in all of Firenze, and great places for you to shop for luxury scents for, or with, a loved one. I went with the Tuscan tobacco scent, and got the beard wax, the cologne, and the lotion. And they cost more than my phone.
  • Whether you are arriving or departing Florence, this pit stop by the train station is worth the visit. The actual pharmacy is hundreds of years old and is so opulent I had trouble believing that this was a living shop and not a historical monument. The pharmacy is divided into two parts — the museum and the sales shop. The museum has interesting relics and the sales area has loads of wonderful perfumes and fragrances.
  • Someone told me that this place is a landmark and I must visit. I'm not a fan of perfume stores, but this time I'm glad I went. What a beautiful store! It's big with a few rooms, and the staff is super professional and helpful. They will explain about all the products and help you find what you need in a nice and friendly way. Even though the store is full of perfumes and soaps, the air feels clean and not stuffed like in most stores, which makes the visit a lot more pleasant. It's a beautiful store, and it's rightfully a landmark in a city like Florence. Don't miss.
  • A very different experience to what I expected from Florence. This perfume shop acts more like a museum with a lovely display of artifacts used in the job as well as lovely decoration. Its definitely a must once you are done with the main city museums.
  • Like others have said, this is a must-see stop for all visitors in Florence. Beautiful entryway, perfect for your new profile pic. Each room is elegant and charming, with so many awe-inspiring touches. There is a 600-year old wall-wall mural in one of the rooms, a beautiful courtyard you can view, the ceilings are phenomenal, and there are many delightful items you can purchase, from chocolate liquor and perfumes, to honey and room scents. This was a memorable visit!

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