The Heart of Florence: Santa Maria Novella and the Historical Pharmacy

The Heart of Florence: Santa Maria Novella and the Historical Pharmacy

Follow your professional guide and discover two truly special historical places in Florence.

History comes alive!

Discover two of Florence’s most ancient and important landmarks, intimately bound up with the city’s heart and soul, with its history and rich artistic heritage - the splendid church of Santa Maria Novella and the historical Dominican Pharmacy.

Your expert guide will lead you to discover Santa Maria Novella, which boasts innumerable architectural and artistic treasures by such famous names as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Giambologna, Ghirlandaio, Masaccio, and Michelangelo. Your visit will then proceed to the nearby “Officina Profumo Farmaceutica,” the ancient pharmacy founded by Dominican Friars in 1612 and still hosted within the ancient preciously decorated and furnished monumental headquarters in Via della Scala.


Availability: every Friday afternoon

Start: 3:00pm

Duration: 2 hours

Meeting Point: In front of main entrance to Santa Maria Novella Church, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Florence, 15 minutes before confirmed time.

Languages: English, Italian, French

Participants: minimum 2 people to be confirmed, maximum 15 per group


  • Guided visit by licensed professional guide specialized in art history
  • Entrance fee to church
  • Visit to the historical Pharmacy (free of charge)


Cancellation Policy:

There will be no penalty for cancellations of excursion bookings communicated in writing to the organization at least two (2) days prior to the booked date.

For cancellations between two and one day prior to the date, 50% of the fee will have to be paid; from one day prior to the date, the payment of the entire amount will be due and no reimbursement will be granted.

No reimbursement will be granted to any client who is not at the place of meeting at the time established; similarly, no reimbursement will be granted to clients who do not complete the visit.

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Santa Maria Novella, which dates back to the 13th century, hosts such an array of spell binding treasures that it is hard to name them all…from the very first approach, visitors are struck by the magnificence of its glowing white and green marble facade, designed by the great architect Leon Battisti Alberti. Inside, your guide will lead you to discover the most precious masterpieces among which Giotto’s Crucifix, Masaccio’s Trinity and the celebrated wooden crucifix by Brunelleschi.

The Ancient Dominican Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, “Antica Officina Profumo Farmaceutica,” located just a few steps away from the church, was founded by the Dominican Friars in 1612. The Dominican friars - who specialized in the growing of medicinal and aromatic herbs, as well as in the preparation of essences, oils and pharmaceutical remedies with these - founded the pharmacy in order to provide for Florence’s people. This institution has been active ever since (over 400 years!) - it is Europe’s most ancient pharmacy. Famous the world over for the excellence of its pharmaceutical and cosmetic products – among these the “Anti-Hysterical Water” and the Alkermes liqueur – the Pharmacy’s shop-museum is still located within the original premises, sumptuously decorated by frescoes and original 18th century furnishings. A vast and precious collection of pharmaceutical equipment, objects, and porcelain vases is also on display.

At the end of the visit each participant will receive an “Antica Officina Profumo Farmaceutica” product as a gift.

Price per group:

Cost of the guide (per group, from 2 to 15 people): € 348.92

Entrance tickets (price per person): € 7.93

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