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Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy (Officina Profumo-farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella)

Colonia: an original article of eau-de-cologn, has light perfume of bergamot citrusサンタ・マリア・ノヴェッラ薬局
Sachet: a scent bag with an elegant perfume. Elisir di Rose
Liqueur of rose “Elisir di Rose”: Made from Petals of French rose gathered in May every year, processed into liqueur . This liqueur aids digestion and recovery of robust, could be tasted good by drinking, also can be enjoyed by putting inside of an aperitif with cold white wine or sparking wine, can be put on the ice creams. You can sniff fantastic perfume of rose. Additionally you can find well-known “Liquore Mediceo” using extraction from 10 kinds of herbs and bulbs on the base of alcohol, an original product of the Officina Profumo-farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

A history of Santa Maria Novella

The Santa Maria Novella is said to be the existent most antique pharmacy in the world. In 1221, about 800 years ago, established by the Dominicans “Santa Maria Fra Le Vigne” (Santa Maria inside vineyard) who moved to Florence, they produced medicines by compounding raised herbs then started their history. This convent has developed and became the Santa Maria Novella Church, one of the most precious churches.

In the pharmacy placed inside of the monastery, people originally compounded all the manner of drugs, unguents, analgesics, and perfumes along with the research of herbs and flowers. In 1612 it was authorized as a general pharmacy and began their business: this is a starting point of this pharmacy. Ever since it has succeeded an original orders and prescriptions up to now, a lot of clients come here from all over the world everyday.

Caterina di Lorenzo de' Medici, married and went into French royal family from the Medici Family on the 16th century, has brought a perfume “Acqua della Regina", specially prepared by Santa Maria Novella for this occasion. This perfume is praised as the “water of a queen”, the original word of “eau-de-cologn”, even now this same article is available at the shop.

Inside of the Santa Maria Novella

This pharmacy is an ex convent, you can see frescoes on the ceiling and portraits of successive owners on the wall. Inner space is so large and just like a pharmacy museum. You can see around beautiful courtyard, the room for compound medicinal herbs, the chapel, and the museum.

In the museum, prescription or books written in the 17th century and some experimental equipments make you recognize its precious history. You cannot find any other museum has an excellent perfume like it in the world.

Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy
(Officina Profumo-farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella)
Opening Hours 9:00-19:00 Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy
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Days open Everyday
Address Via della Scala 16-Firenze-Italy
How to reach It faces to the big street. On the map you can easily find this shop but the entrance is so small, please find it carefully.
Tel. +39 055 216276 / +39 055 4368315
Fax +39 055 288658 / +39 055 4222432
  • Lucca
    Filiale Forte dei Marmi (go to Map)
    Via Carducci, 59-55042 Forte dei Marmi (Lucca)
    Tel. e Fax 0584-89873
  • Rome
    Corso del Rinascimento, 47-00186 Roma (go to Map)
    Tel. 06-6879608-6872446 / Fax 06-6879472
  • Milan
    Corso Magenta, 22-20123 Milano (go to Map)
    Tel. e Fax 02-8053695
  • Genoa
    Via Garibaldi, 10 A/R-16124 Genova (go to Map)
    Tel. 010-2518420 / Fax 010-2770047
  • Como
    Via B. Luini, 11-22100 Como
    Tel. e Fax 031- 273578
  • Bologna
    Galleria Falcone e Borsellino, 2/3-40123 Bologna (go to Map)
    Tel. 051-235211 / Fax 051-352780
  • Siena
    Via dei Pellegrini, 4-53100 Siena
    Tel. 0577-270243 / Fax 0577-44590
  • Lucca
    Via Vittorio Veneto, 29-55100 Lucca (go to Map)
    Tel. e Fax 0583-490850
  • Grosseto
    Via Celso di Camaiori, 19-58043 Castiglion della Pescaia (GR)
    Tel. e Fax 0564-936425

List of items

Acqua di Melissa 60ml
Acqua di Santa Maria Novella 25ml
Santa Maria Novella pastilles 40g
For external use only (smelling salts)
Aceto aromatico dei Sette Ladri 15ml
Lavender smelling salts 15ml
Elisir di China, Elisir di Edimburgo, Elisir di Rose, Elisir Stomatico, Liquore Alkermes, Liquore Mediceo 各100-500ml
Amber, Calycanthus, Honeysuckle, Citta' di Kyoto, Cuba, Hay, Frangipani, Freesia, Mimosa, Gardenia, Carnation, Broom, Iris, Lavanda Ambrata, Lavanda Imperiale, Magnolia, Marescialla, Pomegranate, Lily of the Valley, Musk, Golden musk, Opoponax, Patchouli, Peau d'Espagne, Pot-Pourri, Rose, Russa, Sandalwood, Santa Maria Novella, Sicilia, Tuberose, Vanilla, Verbena, Vetiver, Violet, Orange blossom 各100-250ml
Nostalgia 100ml
Eva 60ml
Eva gift pack: eau de Cologne, body lotion and shower foarm-shampoo  
Acacia, Amber, Cipro, Hay, Gardenia, Jasmine, Lily, Iris, Lilac, Magnolia, Lilly of the Valley, Narcissus, Peau d'Espagne, Rose, Verbena, Violet 各9ml
For scenting handkerchiefs
Acacia, Amber, Cipro, Hay, Mimosa, Gardenia, Jasmine, Lily, Iris, Lilac, Magnolia, Lilly of the Valley, Narcissus, Patchouli, Peau d'Espagne, Rose, Sandalwood, Verbena, Vetiver, Violet 各3ml
Shaving cream for use with shaving brush 250ml
Pre and after shave cream, (softening moisturzer for before and after shaving) 100ml
Alcohol-free aftershave lotion 100ml
Body lotion (moisturizing body lotion) 250ml
After-shave lotion (calming aftershave lotion available in the following fragrances: Colonia Russa, lavender, pomegranate, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver) 各100ml
Shaving foam 300ml
Shaving set  
Refreshing tanning water 250ml
Tan prolonging bath-shower foam 250ml

・SPF4, low protection sun screen
・SPF13 medium protection sun screen
・SPF20 high protection sun screen

Face cream SPF8 100ml
After-sun milk (calming, moisturizing lotion) 150ml
Bronzing oil (with wqlnut husks) 100ml