Farmacia Santa Maria Novella
Farmacia Santa Maria Novella completed four hundred years of uninterrupted activity in 2012. The Dominican friars settle in Florence in the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Vigne, which later became Santa Maria Novella, and started to cultivate in their gardens the plants and officinal herbs to prepare the medicines for the infirmary of the monastery. The monks created for Caterina de’ Medici, who became the bride of Henri II, King of France, and is still produced today by the Officina di Santa Maria Novella. Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. The Dominican friars shortly after 1221, the year of their arrivaI in Florence, the pharmacy used medicinal herbs grown in the monastic gardens to make medications, balms and pomades for the monks’ infirmary. When news of the quality of the products produced by the pharmacy reached the outside world, it was decided to open to the public. With Eugenio Alphandery at the helm, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella both perpetuates and renews the ancient traditions of herbal care. Using only natural raw materials of the highest quality and continuing to follow the ancient procedures originated by the Founding Fathers, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella focuses exclusively on the herbalists art, basing all its preparations on traditional herbs and oils of natural origin. The vast majority of the medicinal herbs used in its products are grown locally on the hills around Florence. Today Santa Maria Novella’s retail operations have expanded rapidly to include locations in every major Italian city, and 75 shops throughout the world, in countries including the United States, Panama, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and South Africa.