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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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Fun place!

What a step back into time! Don't miss the pharmacy history in this beautiful historical place... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
via mobile
A must visit if you like to smell lovely

Don't be deterred by the word "pharmacy"-- this slice of heaven is a paradise of smells. Stop by... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
Dawn E
San Diego, California
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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)
“rose water” (9 reviews)
“skin care” (7 reviews)
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Via della Scala 16, 50123, Florence, Italy
Santa Maria Novella
+39 055 216276
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Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

What a step back into time! Don't miss the pharmacy history in this beautiful historical place. What a collection of perfumes to try. Great English help and price list.

Thank PamAppel
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Don't be deterred by the word "pharmacy"-- this slice of heaven is a paradise of smells. Stop by to pick up a memorable souvenir for yourself or a gift for someone you love at home.

Thank Dawn E
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

A 17th century pharmacy is one of a kind adjoining the santa Maria novella church and its interior feature frescoes and wood and glass cabinets. Really beautiful. I didn't buy and of the products because I have a few more stops on my travels but...More

Thank IvanaSydney2010
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Much more interesting with a guided tour to appreciate the history of the place, the friars, beautiful frescoes recently found and restored in the inner courtyard area. Potpourri is excellent purchase. Tasted the liquors, chocolates and anti-hysteria water.

Thank Ethee
Reviewed 5 May 2017

We stayed at the hotel across the street in Florence and we accidentally stumbled upon this place. It's not to be missed. I believe they ship everything to the USA for you so you don't have to carry it home. My favorite items are: the...More

2  Thank backinshapekathy
Reviewed 18 April 2017

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...More

3  Thank PeterandJinx
Reviewed 4 April 2017 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...More

2  Thank Jan P
Reviewed 28 March 2017

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...More

1  Thank chr444
Reviewed 27 March 2017

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...More

1  Thank donnaannharris
Reviewed 21 March 2017 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...More

2  Thank Lambis L
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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Questions & Answers
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