Did you know that the oldest, continuously operated pharmacy, was established by Dominican monks in 1221? And that today, we can still visit it in its original building? It even has a museum!
Amazing, right?
Do you know to which city we need to travel in order to visit this pharmacy?
It is indeed the beautiful city of Florence.
Established by Dominican monks in 1221, Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy has been providing the city of Florence, Italy with homemade medicines, soaps, and colognes for almost 800 years.
Still situated in its original building, the pharmacy features vast painted ceilings, a museum, and of course, plenty of products to sample and purchase. Its most famous product, according to Atlas Obscura, is a smelling salt called Aceto dei Sette Ladri, which was, according to legend, used by grave robbers to protect themselves from infection during the plague.


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