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santa maria novella
adjacent to piazza di santa maria novella in florence is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, established by the dominican friars shortly after their arrival in florence in 1221. In their gardens, they cultivated the herbs that they needed to prepare their medications, balms & creams for the monastery’s little infirmary.
the essences of farmacia di santa maria novella, as well as the famous perfumes are all made with herbs & flowers from the hills of florence according to the formulas studied in 1500 for caterina de’ medici, brought to malta by camilleriparismode. herbal formulas have regained their ancient reputation as treatments for diverse health & beauty problems.