When Caterina dei Medici married the King of France, she took with her an entire court of artists who excelled in all the known arts. On that occasion, the Dominican friars of Santa Maria Novella created a perfume for her, which can still be found today in this
The Officina Profumo di Santa Maria Novella is renowned world over and it is considered one of the most ancient commercial activities in Europe. It continues to pass on the ancient tradition of the Dominican friars of Santa Maria Novella, excelling in medicinal herbs and in perfumes. In 1612, the Grand Duke Ferdinando II dei Medici appointed it His Royal Highness' Foundry. The monumental space, located in Via della Scala, still has the decor and the charm of the centuries in which it was a protagonist, in the various rooms that also contain a museum. The ancient machinery used for working, the ceramics and the copper and bronze objects are on display in the former production workshops.