Before discovering this den of magical perfumes and herbs, be sure to explore the Santa Maria Novella church, founded by the Dominican monks in the 13th century. Behind its polychrome marble facade, made in 1470 by Alberti, works by Botticelli (The Nativity), Giotto (a crucifix painted in tempera), Masaccio (The Trinity, a first trompe-l'œi), Domenico Ghirlandaio (extraordinary frescoes), and Filippino Lippi will leave you speechless.
The Dominican fathers, who lived in the nearby cloister (now a museum) at Piazza della Stazione, cultivated medicinal herbs for the pharmacy of the convent. In 1866, it was bought by the Stefani family, to whom the monks passed on their secrets. The dispensary is in the former chapel of the monks. Amidst a collection of stills, books, and ceramic pots from Montelupo, you can choose balms and violet soaps, as well as the captivating Acqua della Regina worn by Catherine de Medici and since renamed ‘Acqua di Colonia'…
Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Via della Scala, 16
+39 055 216 276