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Santa Maria Novella, 14th Century Apothocary

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Living in Rome, one of my favorite things to do was to visit the ancient apothecary shop Santa Maria Novella. The shop dates back to 1221 when the Dominicans first came to Florence. Upon completing their monastery just outside the Florentine walls, the industrious Dominicans set to work on studying the herbs and vegetation next to their new home. Finding the local herbs to have healing properties, the monks stocked ointments, balms and medicines in their monastic infirmary.
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