Santa Maria Novella [Florence, Italy]

Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

http://www.smnovella.it/

About: Santa Maria Novella is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world (The pharmacy opened their doors to public in 1612 in Florence). The pharmacy began by selling pharmaceutical products, but later expanded their offering to skin/body care products, hair products, and perfumes.

  • They also have other stores in Italy as well as stores around the world, but the Florence location is the biggest and the oldest location. 
  • There is a free museum inside the Florence store that still remains the layout/decor from 400 years ago. The Florence store is worth seeing even just for the decor (see interior pictures below in this post)
  • The store is very popular by foreign tourists as the price of the products are often 2-3 times more than the price in Italy. To cater customers from different countries, they have the product lists available in store in different languages (English, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese)

Address: Via della Scala, 16 – 50123 

It’s about a 10 minute walk from the Firenze S.M.N. Train station to Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy (see map below. A = Firenze S.M.N. station and B = Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy)
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Hours: Open daily from 9:30am to 7:30pm (the free museum inside the pharmacy is open daily from 10:30am to 7pm)
Famous products: Crema Idralia (Idralia face cream) = 50 euros, Acqua di Rose (Rose water toner) = 12 euros
  • I got both of these products and I loved both of them. Crema Idralia is especially good for the winter time when your skin can get really dry.
  • I would recommend this store to anyone who’s big into skincare or getting a souvenir for someone who’s into skincare.
Shopping tip: If you spend over 155 euros @ Santa Maria Novella as a non-EU tourist, you’re eligible for a 10% tax refund. If you’re planning to spend over 155 euros, make sure to bring your passport with you so they can process the tax refund

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