Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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Founded in the early 13th century by Dominican friars, Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella has provided herbal potions and medicines to Florence for nearly eight centuries. Learn more about the monastery and apothecary at the museum. Find out about the tradition of medicinal history at the pharmacy, which is stocked with elixirs and cures. You can buy perfumes, cosmetics, or other beauty products inspired by ancient recipes. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Florence trip simple and quick.
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  • I’d thoroughly recommend visiting here even if you have no intention of buying perfume. It is a fantastic experience in a beautiful building with lovely, patient and helpful staff 
    I’d thoroughly recommend visiting here even if you have no intention of buying perfume. It is a fantastic experience in a beautiful building with lovely, patient and helpful staff  more »
  • So wonderful to go to a place that has been around this long . So many beautiful fragrances from far back . The staff is very helpful and friendly. I bought a few of the perfumes as the history and... 
    So wonderful to go to a place that has been around this long . So many beautiful fragrances from far back . The staff is very helpful and friendly. I bought a few of the perfumes as the history and...  more »
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  • I recommend. The whole idea is very cool. Very pretty. The rooms are so beautiful. I got the clothes perfume. And also they have a museum there as well.
  • Overrated! The only nice thing was the floral entrance which makes for a good photo shoot (hence the 2 stars). I read in some reviews that there is more than one room for the museum, but when we visited (in March 2022), we were directed to only one room with paintings illustrating ancient medical practice. The paintings were nice (if I'm visiting a museum of art, which is not the case). We were told that this is the only museum part of the store. Most of the perfumes smell like scented hand soaps, so they weren't special 😒 We also tried the body lotions which were either odorless or had a faint smell (we were two people at the time of the visit and we both had the same thought). Not to mention the very high prices as stated in other reviews. The location is walkable as the city is very small, so it wouldn't harm to give it a visit to take a photo with the beautiful entrance.

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