Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Via della Scala, 16, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Photo courtesy of Officina Profuma Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria NovellaElevate the normally mundane experience of shopping for medicine-cabinet basics like soap and toothpaste with a visit to one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. In this 13th-century chapel with early Renaissance frescoes, Gothic carved wooden cabinets, and crystal chandeliers, most items are still crafted according to formulas originally created by Dominican monks. A small museum displays equipment once used to make Santa Maria Novella products, as well as a collection of beautifully painted ceramic jars that held the herbs and powders. Linger a little longer in this fragrant world by ordering a pot of herbal tea or a small glass of one of the historic liqueurs in the tearoom.