Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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4.3/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web
Founded in the early 13th century by Dominican friars, Pharmacy of 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. Put Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella into our Florence family vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I went with the idea that it would be an interesting super site and with idea of buying few products that called me attention but... the perfumes smell of last century and everything a little stale in general seemed like the truth. Apart from prices, as most abusive. I bought the famous pads of peppermint refreshing and digestive and it turns out that they have sugar, thing that I don't like. And the flavor that have less. SOAP vellutina, another of the "must" of the site, leave enough dry skin... And on my list of things slightly more I gained because I didn't like the odors, supposedly unforgettable... Well, that to me everything found me very Albacete in general... Filled with Chinese or Japanese tourists by the way.
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  • Santa Maria Novella pharmacy; This tour is for those who love history and works of art... This pharmacy is operating since the year 1221, in the historical center of Florence. Consists of a series of rooms, there are beautiful wooden furniture materials stored in cabinets with glass doors - there are devices that the monks used to develop its products, cabinets, containers of oils used in lotions and potions, lists of ingredients and even some centuries-old recipes. Address: Via della Scala 16, 50123, Florence, Italy...
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  • We went by chance through front to a sweet door that caught our attention. On one side a small showcase that mentioned a "officina-perfume-pharmacy", with that curious we went and opened us a beautiful place. It is the oldest pharmacy in Europe and now is a shop - Museum. Products of excellent quality (vale lo q vobran), colonies, aromas of home, to toothpaste! Even if you don't buy anything, she is very very cute and friendly attention.
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  • Amazing! It pretty much looked like a museum of S.M Novella. Lots of different items, even a tea shop. Really cool experience and would encourage you to stop by even if you are not planning on buying anything. Their creams and lotions are priced competitively and are good, I've been using their anti-acne soap and lotions for a while.
  • Visiting this hidden place is equally an olfactory experience as it is a visual one. I was taken here by a friend who knows and loves the place and their products and I was not disappointed. Sure, paying 10 euros for a single bar of soap seems out of this world, but so does paying for a purse as much as you'd pay for a small car! Each woman has her pleasures and if your is fine fragrances, then you MUST visit Officina Profuma Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella. I assure you yiu will love it! P.S.: I just read the other reviews and noticed that people compalin about the staff not being helpful (they really don't seem to try) and the prices not being shown. They are displayed at the entrance but it is embarrassing to keep going there or to ask for each product's price. Definitely not a place for the poor, though. :)
  • Beware that some products contain carcinogenic paraben! Make sure you look at the label and ingredient before you buy. Beautiful place though.
  • You will discover interesting details about the history of this old perfume factory. It's an hidden pearl not known by the general public.
  • The inside design of this place is brilliant. Every part, every office is well located,the lights and perfumes drives you to another century.Try the perfumes and choose what suits best for you.Don't forget to take the nice papyrus style menu which apart of the products has very well located old style fonts.
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