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Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

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As this place is free to visit it's good for a quick stop. It was founded in 1221 and is one of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Prague, Czech Republic
It IS an Attraction

The first ever pharmacy is worth seeing - that goes without saying. And, besides that, it's a very... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
Natalia S
Moscow, Russia
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“oldest pharmacy”(11 reviews)
“rose water”(10 reviews)
“perfume shop”(8 reviews)
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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Via della Scala 16, 50123, Florence, Italy
Santa Maria Novella
+39 055 216276
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As this place is free to visit it's good for a quick stop. It was founded in 1221 and is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. It's very pretty inside. One of their perfumes Acqua della Regina perfume was originally created for Caterina...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

The first ever pharmacy is worth seeing - that goes without saying. And, besides that, it's a very beautiful place. Even more: they sell the oldest perfumes you can imagine as well as some old-recipie soaps and cremes.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Natalia S
Reviewed 7 November 2018

This is great to visit an in out e perience for us men. Women love it can spend mucho time smelling different perfumes personally, not my cup tea start sneezing 🤧 allergies can’t stay 8n store more than couple fast m8nutes if know what I’m...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FAL1945
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

If you're in Florence this lovely place is a MUST! Unique for its history and incredibly beautiful products. The staff are lovely, the surroundings magnificent and the smells are out of this world. If you're an overseas tourist, don't forget to take your Passport- it's...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Judith H
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Like walking through a museum. 16th century purveyors of herbal and natural scents, soaps, candles. Customers walk the store from counter to counter choosing scents (such as almond, lavender etc...) available in various forms such as soaps, perfumes, colognes. Exceptional quality products. Efficient well dressed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank marthah441
Reviewed 18 October 2018

You must go for a cup of tea and some biscuits in the pharmacy's tea room (it also has an outdoor patio)! Try one of the many teas or liquors, so many wonderful flavors to choose from and a very relaxing environment in the middle...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Richard B
Reviewed 15 October 2018

This was a unique experience. A place of history, style and beautiful products to buy. The pharmacy is one of the oldest in the world, and the museum rooms provide an interesting insight into the past. I'm so grateful to past reviews which encouraged us...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fiona C
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Where else in the world would you discover a pharmacy with ancient concoctions and health and body treatments created by friars from the 13th century in a gorgeous setting of architecture and frescoes? Answer : Nowhere else. Do not miss it.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PointerDetroit
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

It doesn’t matter if you shop at Santa Maria Novella in London or New York or Paris...this is the original place. As you are in Florence shopping and art are together so you can enjoy every single minute. Once you enter Santa Maria Novella all...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Travelaround59
Reviewed 24 September 2018

We were wandering from the train station back into the city when we came across this place. From the outside, it's just another shop. Inside, it's a warren of beautiful rooms selling soap and perfumes and herbs. There's a tea room too. The archtecture is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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We didn't sell Artiglio del Diavolo in the US. You can find this products only in Europe.
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Hello thedoglad, Thank you for this wonderful comment, there is no greater satisfaction for us than to hear such beautiful words. We are delighted that our business that we carry with passion for many years is appreciated... More
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