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Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

Via della Scala 16, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055216276
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Most beautiful place

If you can, it's well worth the trip to see this place while you are in Florence. It's an... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2012
You have never been in such a pharmacy or perfumerie

This was indeed amazing. The ceilings, paintings, glassworks, all are so beautiful and intricate... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2012
Huntington Beach, California
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Via della Scala 16, 50123, Florence, Italy
Santa Maria Novella
+39 055216276
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

If you can, it's well worth the trip to see this place while you are in Florence. It's an incredibly beautiful building with a lot of history. The products that they make are sell are some of the most beautifully packaged I have ever seen....More

1  Thank moonlondon1234
Reviewed 16 March 2012

This was indeed amazing. The ceilings, paintings, glassworks, all are so beautiful and intricate. The selection of lotions, oils, salts, and herbs is extensive and steeped in history. Very relaxing just to walk through and look at the counters....

1  Thank Hawkeye_in_CA
Reviewed 11 March 2012

The world's oldest and most elegant commercial pharmacy. You can smell the fragrance created for Caterina dei Medici, too.

1  Thank tuscanpro
Reviewed 11 March 2012

Quaint, elegant, beautiful and it smells so good. My luggage came home smelling of lavender. Note: They have just started a renovation project so we were not able to enter some of the rooms.

3  Thank Nancy W
Reviewed 26 January 2012

This antique pharmacy is worth taking a detour just to admire the building, which is close to the train station. The potpourri is not cheap but it is special. I pick some up whenever I am in Florence. It lasts for about a year, and...More

2  Thank Ellen-Sinoff
Reviewed 18 January 2012

If you are in Florence, and you have visited the Uffizzi, the Duomo, etc...Head towards Santa Maria Novella, see the church, but do not forget to walk a few steps more and visit the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy. It is by far one of Florence's...More

3  Thank Theetiquettorialist
Reviewed 8 January 2012

Although they still sell some potients for various ailments, they mainly sell perfumes, soaps and other beauty products, as well as tea. The building itself is beautiful and it is well worth a vist just to smell the wonderful aromas in the store. The products...More

4  Thank luvroma2
Reviewed 6 January 2012

The door is quite inconspicuous but spacious and gorgeous inside.I enjoyed the process of selectiong of products.Calendula Cream is ideal for combination skin.

Thank yujiawan
Reviewed 29 December 2011

beautiful store, almost museum like. rich tradition of perfumes and herbs. a little pricey and you can probably find similar herbs at an herb store throughout the city but it is a beautiful place to visit

1  Thank leda528
Reviewed 8 November 2011

The building of the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella was just amazing! It blew me away! The staff were friendly enough, and the products could be tested before buying. Price lists were scattered around the place so you didn't have to ask! Amazing old shop,...More

Thank miasmith9
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
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Olympia C
16 June 2015|
Response from kelleyted1@gmail.com | Reviewed this property |
Ponte Vecchio I would say is a 25 minute walk from where you are and well worth the trip! Enjoy
David K
8 May 2015|
Response from Rebecca J |
not that kind of pharmacy, pal.