The spice pharmacy of the Santa Maria Novella is also quite an interesting sight. This pharmacy can see many unique varieties of spices. It is also a very simple and good place, and many ingredients are also very unique.
Hidden in the path next to the new Notre Dame church, said to be the world's oldest drugstore. The entrance was rather low-key and once unseen. Through a long corridor, it was officially entered, with several rooms inside, which was a hole in the sky. The whole environment is old and beautiful, half-dome vault, wall carving, thick wood display cabinet, large crystal light, dusk light, bring a little mysterious feeling. In the evening, not many customers, are in the various rooms to choose. The store has a product list in several languages, which has Chinese, just point it to the clerk, very convenient. The products are still quite rich, starting with the ace products, golden cherry cream, good for test.
Truly the most gorgeous pharmacy anywhere. Discrete entrance leads to a stunning foyer, where friendly salespeople encourage you to try various Parfums, hand lotions and soaps from recipes that date back hundreds of years. Perfect for glthat authentic Florentine gift.
This elegant store is adjacent to the farmaceutica factory. It's on a busy city street that's hot and dusty in summer months. But step inside to the cool, fragrant and welcoming sales floor. Yes, it's got the soaps, oils, and lotions you'll find in the other stores. If you're curious, ask to see the complete catalog and explore the world of natural dyes (one is made from ladybugs!) and others from hard to find herbs. I bought the almond soap (sapone mandorla). Do ask. The attentive staff at there to help and inform. Weeks later in my home shower, I imagined myself back in Florence, exploring the world by scent.
Santa Maria Novella is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. Dominican friars started making herbal remedies in the 13th century and the pharmacy was opened to the public in 1612. Visitors can still see the original pharmacy with is wonderful frescoes, the 1848 salesroom and the old pharmacy waiting room. The scents, eau de colognes, soaps and creams are made with centuries’ old recipes and are available for purchase. Catherine of Medici was a loyal customer!
This is a unique shopping experience, the shop is also a museum to the history of the Santa Maria Novella perfumery. The air is permeated with the heady scents essential for polite company in the early 17th century when the monastery first started selling its potions to the public. The building part of the dominican monastery annexed to the Santa Maria Novella church is well worth the visit on its own and will take you back to another age. The soaps, try the pomegranate one redolent with ancient associations and the potpourri are a great memento of Florence and my personal favourite is the ladies body cream in a pretty glass bottle, it is as good as any modern day rival. You may be lucky enough to notice that some Florentine taxi drivers even use the pot pourri in their cars!
Stand and inhale the scent in the rooms! Enjoy! Soaps are a good buy as mementos from Florence.