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Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

Via della Scala 16, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 216276
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Ancient perfumery and pharmacy

Started in 1612 this perfumery/pharmacy has been creating medicine and scents to heal the sick... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
daanddo
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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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If you’re looking for a eye catcher and a insight into the old Florence this is the address to go... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Antonio A
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Beilstein, Germany
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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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“oldest pharmacy” (11 reviews)
“perfume shop” (8 reviews)
“skin care” (7 reviews)
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Via della Scala 16, 50123, Florence, Italy
Santa Maria Novella
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"oldest pharmacy"
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"perfume shop"
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"skin care"
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"lotions and potions"
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"room scents"
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"dominican monks"
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"amazing products"
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"worth a visit"
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"step back in time"
in 6 reviews
"buy something"
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"beautiful building"
in 12 reviews
"interesting history"
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"farmacia"
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"gifts"
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"potpourri"
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"perfumery"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Started in 1612 this perfumery/pharmacy has been creating medicine and scents to heal the sick, beautify the skin and anoint the body. The products are expensive, but you can wander around looking at the small museum of artifacts, sampling the scents and pastilles and seeing...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re looking for a eye catcher and a insight into the old Florence this is the address to go to. The inside is stunning and the old structure/ interior of this perfumery/ pharmacy is unbelievable. You can smell it as soon as you enter....More

Thank Antonio A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the oldest continually operating perfumeries in the world. The building is elegant with the individual rooms featuring different product lines developed over centuries. The elegant assistants all have perfect skin a testament to the effectiveness of the products. There are soaps...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is more like a museum than a pharmacy and definitely worth a visit even if you don’t need extracts, perfume, or soap-but don’t be surprised if you find you DO need them after you get inside.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just visited this landmark in Florence. Although the history behind this institution is interesting and the actual store is beautiful, save your euros and don't bother buying any of the ridiculously overpriced products. At a minimum of 10 euros for a bar of soap, you...More

Thank Selena J
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

We had a great time visiting this 400 year old pharmacy right next to the Santa Maria Novella church. The atmosphere is wonderful and there is a lot of history to learn about the building and how it began. They have an endless selection of...More

1  Thank LMA323
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Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

This Italian perfumery was a highlight of our time in Florence. It’s hidden from street view as there is no window or frontage to give you any idea of the simply stunning interior. Walking through the many rooms, gazing into authentic old cabinets containing huge...More

1  Thank JubileePhil
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

It is a really nice pharmacy/perfumery with lotions potions and a history. It was cool to walk into a pharmacy that has existed since the 1200's. The products are expensive, but even if you choose not buy anything, it is still a neat place to...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

The “soap shop” at Santa Maria Novella in Florence is a trip back in time for some very cool contemporary beauty products. Well, not just beauty though the place is really beautiful. But for health. Prices are steep but not to go in or have...More

1  Thank John B
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

This is a gem of a place that you have to seek out and isn't so easy to find if you don't know where to look. However it's worth it. The level of restoration is superb. Every room has something to see. The fact that...More

Thank Rich0200
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Nearby
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
...More
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cdreazen
15 December 2017|
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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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thedoglady
29 August 2017|
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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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