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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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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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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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Absolutely a Treasure

Whenever we travel we visit the old pharmacies. This one is a true treasure. Sure they are selling stuff, and a lot of it. The building itself is just breathtaking. I brought home... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 July 2014
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Oviedo, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

Whenever we travel we visit the old pharmacies. This one is a true treasure. Sure they are selling stuff, and a lot of it. The building itself is just breathtaking. I brought home a sheet that has all the older ways to treat ailments - fun read. I am sure the artifacts mean more to some than others, especially if... More 

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Espoo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

This is not a museum, even if it looks like one, but a working pharmacy. Very intersting place, and not big, so it will not take a loot of your potential time in Florence. One of the best memories from our trip.

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New Jersey, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

I have to admit that I have been wanting to visit this shop for years. I'm a fan of their perfume. So when we planned to visit Florence I had to visit here. It is a vey popular spot for tourists, especially for women. It's located in a very lovely old palazzo right off the piazza of Santa Maria Novella... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

This is a gem of a place situated in a back street behind Santa Maria Novella. The ceilings and chandeliers are just beautiful and the fragrances divine. Well worth a visit and (unless you buy some of their products!) it's FREE!

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

A friend had recommended a visit here and I'm certainly glad to have gone. Not difficult to find once you know which road to take - just off the square with the Santa Maria Novella Church. It's free to go in - perfumes, lotions and potions are on sale but it's not required that you make a purchase. What a... More 

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Florence, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

I had read about the Officina Profuma di Santa Maria Novella in my guidebook and thought it would be an interesting diversion. Little did I know what a big deal it is! It is unremarkable from the street, as many European places are, but what a gorgeous place on the inside! The marble entrance is impressive, as are the ceilings... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

What a gorgeous place. So worth a visit, even if you don't buy anything. The store is over 400 years old, the gardens are gorgeous. Great experience. The products are expensive, but I bought a facial regeunative serum and it's amazing. Also, Santa Maria Novella is a beautiful church with few crowds.

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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Great shop - beautifully set out, lovely architecture and gorgeous products. Despute whar people have said, this is really easy to find. Take the Scala Rd off the Piazza where Santa Maria Novella Church is and it is on the right a little way down - look out for the blue awning out front. Well worth a visit and not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

This perfumery/herbal shop has been in existence for 300 years, it is housed is a gem of a house, with gorgeous antique paintings and decor. It looks very old-fashioned/vintage, refined, and luxurious. Of course, the price tags are also very .. refined. I liked their soaps and the herbal teas/tisanes I purchased there are absolutely outstanding and worth the money.... More 

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North Bay, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

This is more museum and palace then a shopping experience. I felt like you could look, but not touch. The staff were not approachable and it was a bit intimidating. The products are beautiful.

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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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