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Officina Profumo - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

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"Touristy but visiting their main location is an absolute must (via della Scala 16). The oldest pharmacy in Florence and their flagship location is like a museum in its own right. They are know for their fragrances and “Acqua Della Regina” being their famous one apparently made for Catherine di Medici, hence the name Queens Water. Personally, it wasn’t my favorite scent so I went with a different one, but they have really unique fragrances and use them to create soaps, candles, etc. in addition to perfume so its a great place to get some gifts as well. Tip: when you are cashing out you can ask for samples of other fragrances. They don’t advertise it but I’ll thank the German couple behind me in line that were talking about it and clearly did their research. It worked - so if you want to take some mini extras home, just ask!"
"For perfume lovers since 1612, this Florentine store and apothecary housed in a converted chapel has been around since 1221 and offers fragrances and other beauty products."
"One of the oldest pharmacies in the world that now sells perfume! "

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