farmacia di santa maria novella

when i lived in italy, i lived about 30 seconds away from the oldest pharmacy in florence and one of the oldest in the world. there are documents from 1381 that tell us that dominican monks used to cultivate herbs and plants in their garden and then use them to make remedies. today, the "pharmacy" sells perfumes and herb mixes, especially kinds from flowers. the pharmacy is so fragrant that you can smell the perfume just walking by the door outside. while i don't think i'd ever come here for prescriptions, it is pretty cool to visit such a historic and extravagently decorated pharmacy on a little street in the santa maria novella neighborhood.