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Have you ever been in the oldest European Pharmacy? Visit the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence!

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The Wonderful Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Via della Scala, in Florence Italy.

Cosmetics, body care products, perfumes, soaps and creams, extracts and essences are your thing? You have to visit the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, during your stay in Florence.

The famous Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella, o Antica Spezieria di Santa Maria Novella is in Via della Scala, 16 in Florence in a part of an ancient convent. It is considered the oldest historic pharmacy across Europe. It is active since almost 4 centuries, and it is one of the oldest businesses of the town of Florence.

Ancient chronicles Florentine tell us that already in 1300 the Dominicans of Santa Maria Novella started selling the famous rose water as a disinfectant, used especially during epidemics of plague. The ‘acqua di rose’ is still sold by the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, and is one of the most popular fragrances choosed by many women: simple and natural, with a gentle tone.

The monks still today cultivate medicinal plants (so-called ‘semplici’, hence the name ‘Giardino dei Semplici’) in an adjoining garden, they distille herbs and flowers, do essences, elixirs, salves and balms.

Entering the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is like jumping back in time. The frescoed walls and decorations make the place truly magic. You will walk through large rooms, strung like a maze of art and details. You will see the fascinating ‘Sala di Vendita’, the prestigious ‘Sala Verde’ and the mysterious ‘Sala della spezieria’, in addition to the beautiful ‘Sagrestia’ and the interesting Museum. The museum, develops in those rooms who were once the production workshops. A path through the machines once used for processing, glasses, ancient pottery and vessels of brass and bronze.

Are you undecided about what you want to buy, or you just want to know more about the place and objects? No problems!
All necessary information to curious customers can be found in one of the great interactive digital display, or, remaining tied to tradition, are available in many languages of the beautiful parchments containing the history of the laboratory, but also an endless list of cosmetic products.

Of course, the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella is not only a museum, but above all it is a place to buy unique products of great quality. Such as natural and hypoallergenic fragrances, ranging from colognes, essences, triple extracts. The sweetest scents such as iris, rose, gardenia, those cooler as verbena, vetiver or the particular water of Sicily are what Tuscan Feeling suggest you to try and buy.

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Santa Maria Novella essences…

The same essences are used in the soaps’ production, which are left to mature in special ventilated cabinets. You will definitely kidnapped by the packages’ refined beauty and by the exclusive potpourri’s aroma: a Tuscan hills’ blend of herbs and flowers, macerated in terracotta jars coming from the small village of Impruneta.

The ancient Pharmacy is near the Santa Maria Novella church, situated just across from the main railway station which shares its name. It is the first great basilica in Florence and the city’s main Dominican church. It was built in 1360. Leon Battista Alberti designed the upper part in 1420. In 1567 the architect Giorgio Vasari did the first remodeling of the church. Inside you will find works by Giambologna, Filippino Lippi, Filippo Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Ghirlandaio and many many others.

The area, near the Stazione Centrale di Santa Maria Novella, It is very old and is in the heart of the historical center of Florence. An area of great impact on tourism, but it has the merit of having kept its charm and retained many small shops.

In this area you can find many Tuscan Feeling‘s apartments. We could suggest you, for having an idea, a couple of different location to rent with us:

Apt. LECCIO: 45 m2 – 4th floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Long $ Short Term Rentals Florence

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Among the antique shops and small libraries in the area, you will find this lovely apartment with tasteful décor and functional, designed for those who want to experience Florence with all the comfort. This loft is located at 4 Floor of an ancient tower-house (62 steps) and consists of a large room comprising entrance hall, the dining area, a fully equipped kitchen corner with 4 burner stove, oven, fridge, microwave, washer-dryer and dishwasher, toaster, american coffee machine and lounge with TV. Bathroom with shower and separate small compartment with the toilet (size 1.5 mx 0.55 m): This division brings back to mind the taste back to the early twentieth century. From the living room a staircase rises to the loft where there is a double bed and walk-in closet (dressing room). The views overlooking the roof garden of a hotel with several oak trees.

Apt DADO: 40 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Dado Apartment in Florence

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Modern and elegant apartment, recently restored, very near from the Arno River and the Central Railway Station of Santa Maria Novella, near the old Piazza Goldoni. In ancient times, Middle Ages, the city walls of Florence ended in this place and this place was an ancient center of trade in goods from the River Arno. Today is a border area between the fashion streets with clothes shops, accessories and griffe and those of Florence’s most popular, with excellent restaurants and quaint craft shops. Among the small antique shops and bookstores in the area, it is located this lovely apartment, with elegant and functional furnishings. The apartment, recently restored and well furnished, consists of a bright living room where there is a sofa and a TV-LCD, as well as a functional kitchenette (2 burner stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and small electric oven). The room is quiet and spacious room with 1 double bed, which if necessary can be divided into 2 comfortable single beds. The property includes a bathroom with shower, where the washing machine is located, and a practical storeroom.

Take a walk in the tuscan countryside! Discover the Internationl Festival of Ceramics of Montelupo Fiorentino (June 18-21)!

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The beautiful ceramics of Montelupo Fiorentino; masterpieces painted by hand.


Are you planning to visit Tuscany’s countryside? Do you love artistic Ceramics and Majolicas? Be sure to visit Montelupo Fiorentino between June 18th and 21th!
Why?
In this small and ancient town, on the outskirts of Florence, it is held one of the most important festival of Europe about Ceramics!

You have to know that since over twenty years, Montelupo Fiorentino hosts the International Festival of Ceramics. The town has an ancient artistic tradition and craftsmanship, since local artisans made majolica artifacts for the noble Florentine families (between 1400 and 1500) and exported their products all over the Mediterranean, Holland, England, France and Morocco too. The goods reached Pisa through the Arno and were sent all over the world.

The International Ceramics Festival is a strategic valuation point of an important story, but also an opportunity to raise awareness of the simultaneous production of high quality. It is not a boring business fair, but a real tuscanian fair!
Coming to Montelupo Fiorentino during the Festival of Ceramics means immersing yourself in a particular atmosphere made of art, creativity, entertainment. You can find here local craftsmen at work in their shops and you can buy their unique works of art, you can find bands playing in the streets as well as historic conferences, tasty food stands with typical food and artistic events. The program of the Festival, as always, is full of events. To not lose them, you should read the program on the official website.

Even today there are in Montelupo about 50 small and large workshops which employ 400 people. Local artisans are distinguished by their experience and creativity, hallmarks of a high quality production. You can also have the chance to see young ceramics’ students selling their latest masterpieces. Take time to see what they do young artists, you could have the chance to do real bargains with them.
You have to know, that in Montelupo Fiorentino there’s one of the most important Ceramics school of Italy (the other one is in Faenza). It is called Scuola di Ceramica di Montelupo .

The Renaissance has left traces of itself with amazing artifacts. You can admire them in the local Museo Della Ceramica; one of the most beautiful in Italy. If you want more you have to put you in search of local treasures, like frescoes, paintings, sculptures, enclosed in churches and chapels in town or in the sourroundings. From the beautiful Tower of the old Priory of San Lorenzo (formerly of San Giovanni), overlooking the village and the valley, which is reached by climbing through the streets of the village. The church was built around 1270 on a more ancient fort. Inside the church, built in 1270, there are two frescoes of Corso del Buono, a Cimabue’s student. The Priory of St. John (a short walk from the Museum), is the main city church. Built in the early fourteenth century, it houses a large painting of the “Madonna and Child with Saints Sebastian, Lorenzo, Giovanni Evangelista and Rocco”, Botticelli’s school, painted at the end of the fifteenth century.

The hills around Montelupo are the essence of Tuscany: between vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees that draw the landscape, you can taste at the table the nice flavors of local farming.
Grilled meats, tasty meats and cheeses are the basis of the local cuisine. Simple and delicious recipes, served in ceramic plates, and season with the famous local olive oil. The wine? Nothing better than to choose among the local labels: Chianti DOCG, Bianco dell’Empolese DOC, Chianti DOCG Colli Fiorentini e Colli dell’Etruria Centrale DOC.
Tuscan Feeling suggests you a dream holiday in Montelupo Fiorentino between art, ceramics, food and unforgettable landscapes.

Take a look at Tuscan feeling’s apartments in Montelupo Fiorentino:

MELMAN – 90sqm – Ground Floor and First Floor – for 4 people

Melman

Cozy apartment near to Montelupo Fiorentino.

VILLA DESIRE – 600sqm – Ground Floor – for 6 people

VILLA DESIRE

Nice Villa few minutes from Montelupo.