“You cannot miss the Farmacia!” urged my friend Rachel a couple of years ago in Florence. We finished our caffès and then she expertly guided me through Florence’s cobbled streets to Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella.
The “pharmacy”, which today is really more of a fragrance museum, still sells formulations which were popular among privileged Renaissance women, including (Mona) Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo. Her scent of choice was acqua di rose, rose water.
Next week (June 15) marks Mona Lisa’s 537th birthday. Join me back here for a couple of Lisa-themed posts in her honor. I invite you to sign my guestbook, and to join me on Facebook, where I share often about Italy! This post first appeared on Prayers and Piazzas.