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Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

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Must try the tea room!

You must go for a cup of tea and some biscuits in the pharmacy's tea room (it also has an outdoor... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Richard B
Not to be missed

This was a unique experience. A place of history, style and beautiful products to buy. The pharmacy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fiona C
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“oldest pharmacy”(11 reviews)
“perfume shop”(8 reviews)
“skin care”(7 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 4 days ago

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

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Fiona C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank PointerDetroit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Travelaround59
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Dr_Bob1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressive shop, the decorations looks like a museum there are many kind of face care, body care, house fragrance and pet care. The quality is worth the price

Thank pangabrielle
Reviewed 15 September 2018

When I heard that the products are all made by the nuns, and that it's a very old perfumery, I had to add it to the list. Let's just say that mom and I stocked up! I got the most amazing perfume called Angels di...More

Thank mermaid007
Reviewed 15 September 2018

We had not seen this in our guide book and only found it on the recommendation of a bartender whose English sent us in search of a pharmacy near the train station in order to purchase an ingredient in a cocktail we loved. The Elisir...More

Thank Elizabeth G
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This is a must see when in Florence. My husband and 18 year old son loved it equally as much as I did. This is the oldest Pharmaca in the world and most of their recipes have not changed. Make sure you buy the mints...More

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Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

We have been here and bought things before and visited again today. It is an extraordinary hidden gem. Not only does it preserve an historic parfumerie, but it has a coffee/tea place and a range of their own products. These are not inexpensive but are...More

Thank Iain T
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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
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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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