Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence is thought to be the oldest pharmacy in the world. It dates back to 1221 when a group of monks started experimenting with herbs and flowers, turning the Monastery into an apothecary of sorts (it even produced herbal treatments designed to treat the Bubonic Plague). In the 16th century, the Queen of France commissioned the monks to create a fragrance in her honour resulting in Acqua di Santa Maria Novella: a light, watery scent that smells distinctly of Italian citrus. The tiny piece of Florence (and French royalty) is still available for purchase today. Ciao Bella!
Acqua di Santa Maria Novella, $198. SHOP NOW