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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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One of the most magnificent, awe-inspiring places we visited in Florence. The architecture alone... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Julie W
Las Vegas, Nevada
Visit - just to enjoy the fragrances

This is a very old historic pharmacy which sells wonderful fragrances and homeopathic items. I... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Reading, PA
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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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“oldest pharmacy” (10 reviews)
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Via della Scala 16, 50123, Florence, Italy
Santa Maria Novella
+39 055 216276
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most magnificent, awe-inspiring places we visited in Florence. The architecture alone is astounding. Described as "Florence's oldest perfume store", we expected to find interesting and expensive perfumes---we found these but, there is so, so much more! Established in 1221, this is the...More

Thank Julie W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a very old historic pharmacy which sells wonderful fragrances and homeopathic items. I love to just go there and inhale. The smells are heavenly. We have bought gift items over the years - including beautiful silk sachet packets. Prices are quite high -...More

2  Thank luvroma2
Reviewed 17 October 2017

One of the oldest Pharmacies in the world this began selling herbal remedies grown and prepared by Dominican Friars as far back as 1221. The place is jaw-dropping in its beauty. And, you really have to look for it. It's location which seems pretty straightforward...More

Thank Berdel B
Reviewed 13 October 2017

..and for that reason alone worth going though be aware the entrance is not obvious. I'd forgotten about this until I smelt it whilst going round the church where you can detect the smells from the cloisters. yes the prices are astronomical (10 euros for...More

Thank Martin H
Reviewed 13 October 2017

A real museum for perfume-lovers and esthets. Extremely luxurious interiors, pleasant atmosphere, attentive staff.

Thank Алина К
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

I was confused with the negative comments so i had decided not to go. Im glad that i changed my mind because is worth it just checking the inside of the building. It's beautiful! The attendants were nice and helpful

1  Thank Adela R
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The entrnce is a little hidden and looks quite small, but when you enter there are several rooms with different offers. Creams, soap, parfume, medicine, chocolate everything is availabe and you get some hints how it was made in former times - this pharmacy is...More

Thank Karsten2310
Reviewed 3 October 2017

If you are in the area of the train station or bus depot or in my case the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, you may as well visit this shop associated with the basilica. Amazing products, great scents but definitely a treat as the items...More

Thank Peter P
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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

It was definitely worth the visit. Exceptional quality; no hard sell; very welcoming of visitors. Actual address is 16 De Scala - it is quite hard to find!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

But still, there is nothing like this place for gifts to take home, and they have the extra added attraction of making your luggage smell good, even the laundry! This time, in addition, I got beautiful hand towels with the Santa Maria Novella logo. Contenta.

1  Thank NMCate
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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29 August 2017|
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Response from OPFSMN1612 | Property representative |
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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Olympia C
17 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