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Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella

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Address: Via della Scala 16, 50123, Florence, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 055 216276
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:00

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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We were checking out of the hotel but had time to kill before our train back to Bologna and the woman on the desk asked us if we had ever visited the Farmaceutica. As we had not... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Coronado, California
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Coronado, California
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278 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were checking out of the hotel but had time to kill before our train back to Bologna and the woman on the desk asked us if we had ever visited the Farmaceutica. As we had not she recommended it. It was just a 5-10 minute walk depending upon how much "window shopping" we did. She said it dated back... More 

Thank PeterandJinx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An almost hypnotic aroma captures​ you the second you enter the building. This is a fascinating adventure and so good on the senses. Even though the pharmacy is located directly in front of the residence I was renting, it wasn't until my last day in Florence that I was able to visit. I ended up purchasing an amazing bottle of... More 

Thank Jan P
Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited here in 2002 and had it on my list of places to go this time around. The building is just breath taking when you walk in off the street. I purchased some amazing perfume that I will wear all the time. We did not have the time to sit in the tea room, but it may be on... More 

Thank chr444
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A 19th C interior with many nooks and crannies. a tea room, a old chapel space with 1450 era fresco cycle. The price lists in many languages are a testiment to their lotions and potions sold for centuries. The complex backs up to the SM Novella cloisers. Nothing is cheap, Soap is $10

Thank donnaannharris
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A unique and extremely interesting place to visit and have some special and different kind of perfumes creams or medicines. The building is an architectular masterpiece and the decoration travels you back in the Middle Ages. Its a pharmacy and also a parfumery with many kinds of special medicines vitamins and supplements with recipies that the chemical group of Santa... More 

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Osprey, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 393 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We visited the Pharmacy after visiting the Church with the same name. I had read about it and wanted to see it. It was a little intimidating when we first went in. There were so many products on display, perfumes, scents, candles, remedies etc and we loved looking at all of them. The architecture is beautiful, adding to the ambiance... More 

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 March 2017

I love this hidden jewel, it's so unassuming and has such an interesting history. The building is beautiful, look at the marvellous frescoes ceilings and peer through the windows into the ancient cloistered gardens

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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Although this pharmacy is one of the oldest world wide, founded by Dominican monks in the year 1221, it's nothing but a tourist ripoff shop. Only the picture gallery tells from its long history. Unless you believe in alchemy and everlasting life, you may just as well skip this place.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

No one can leave Florence without coming here. Apart from the beauty of the place, your senses are bombarded with the most exquisite scents; leave your credit cards at the hotel or be tempted. If I remember correctly, this pharmacy featured in "The silence of the lambs". I come here every time I come to Florence and am always tempted.

1 Thank Susie S
Kovilpatti, India
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

It is bang in the city center and people would not notice if they do not know about this. It is absolutely beautiful inside and you can view the huge garden and the monastery from there.

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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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