Sunday, October 2, 2011

Farmaceutica Novella

Today is the day we head for home.

Kristen, Drake's niece, found herself alone in Florence for an unexpected day, so we spent the morning with her scouting out a few favored places that we hadn't yet seen.

FIRST STOP - the National Museum. Closed.

SECOND STOP - The Medici Chapel. Closed.

But we were able to walk through its adjoining courtyard.

 THIRD AND FINAL STOP - The Farmaceutica Novella. OPEN!

Open the heavy doors, and the aroma nearly knocks you over!

 It was like walking into Harry Potter's potions emporium!

Herbs and Elixirs for every ailment known to muggle.

Once the Santa Maria Novella church, monks began concocting herbal remedies here in the 13th century. It is one of the world's oldest pharmacies.

"The monks' simple apparatus for distilling flower water rests inside wooden cabinets, flanked by old containers used for lotions and potions, lists of ingredients and even the monks' original recipe ledgers. Merchandise lines the walls of the dimly lit, frescoed rooms—all manner of soaps, sachets and scents, many made according to ancient formulas."

The amazing frescos give evidence of the former church.

We found these walls depicting the life of Christ especially captivating.

Looks as if this young woman is caught in Hermione's Time-Turner. She's in two places at once!

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