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Basilica Saint Maria Novella and Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Guided Tour
  • AVAILABILITYAll year round
  • START11:00 am
  • DURATION1.5 h approx
  • LIVE GUIDEEnglish

If you want to experience the wonderful art and religious architecture in Florence, this is the trip for you. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the most beautiful gothic Renaissance churches in Florence and the ancient pharmacy.


  • Licensed local guide
  • Entrance ticket
  • Earphones for groups of more than 8 people
What To Expect

You will meet your local guide at the entrance of the Basilica where you can appreciate its marvellous, multi-coloured marble facade. The Basilica dominates this elegant square where the Palio dei Cocchi is held, one of the most competitive traditions dating from the Renaissance period. Your guide will recount the story of the Frati Domenicani who founded the church at the beginning of the XIII century. Inside the Basilica you can admire the main works of art from 1200 to 1400. Standing out is Giotto‘s magnificent crucifix and the Holy Trinity an alfresco by Masaccio, Giambologna‘s incredible bronze crucifix and a series of famous frescoes by GhirlandaioIn the Filippo Strozzi Chapel you can see the wonderful frescoes by Filippino Lippi and in the Gondi Chapel you will find the extraordinary wooden crucifix by Brunelleschi, the object of an artistic diatribe between Brunelleschi and Donatello.
Proceeding you will visit the monumental cloisters and the Spanish Chapel.
Your guide will then accompany you to The Officina Profumo Farmaceutica, the oldest operating pharmacy in the world. Founded with the influence of the Medici family, the laboratory continues to prepare perfume based on the formula created for Caterina de’ Medici,  Acqua di Colonia later named Acqua della Regina which was her favourite perfume.Amongst the different preparations there is Aceto aromatico dei Sette Ladri, used in the event of fainting and Acqua di Santa Maria Novella for controlling hysterics.
Discover the various rooms and their history, admiring the vaulted ceilings and alfrescoes on the walls.
The tour ends once leaving the pharmacy.


In front of the Basilica, at the ticket office entrance



Additional Info

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Comfortable shoes are recommended

A dress code is required, no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women

Printed or mobile voucher accepted

Public transportation nearby

Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour starts

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.