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    Default Perfumeries in Florence and Venice

    We're taking our honeymoon to the cities mentioned above. I noticed a perfumery (or more) on Google maps in Florence.

    Can anyone here chime in their input on some of the perfumeries in each area and if they're worth visiting?

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    Santa Maria Novella and Lorenzo Villersi in Florence
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    Congratulations on your honey moon!

    In Florence, I highly recommend L'O profumo (via pietrapiana 44r http://www.loprofumo.com/)., which has very many interesting niche brands. And in addition a very knowledgeable and nice owner, who also does some perfumes herself (I like a lot their Kalos). It is not far from the Duomo, in an area that is not as crowded as the main tourist area, but has some excellent traditional restaurants and eateries (like Il cibreo and others), so it could be a good place to go to have lunch.

    Other than that, there are the traditional apothecary style brands like Santa Maria Novella (nice looking stores) and Farmacia Santissima Annunziata. These perhaps more for the side products than the perfumes themselves.

    I know less about Venice. There is a new brand called the Merchant of Venice (http://www.themerchantofvenice.net/en/index.asp) that has interesting stuff, but it's also that the store is very beautiful. It is owned by the family of the creator of Pino silvestre, although you won't find this cheapie there.

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    Can't answer your question, but I wanted to say Congrats on your honeymoon. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by david black View Post
    We're taking our honeymoon to the cities mentioned above. I noticed a perfumery (or more) on Google maps in Florence.

    Can anyone here chime in their input on some of the perfumeries in each area and if they're worth visiting?
    Check out the Merchant of Venice if you have time at : Campo San Fantin 1895 30124 Venezia

    Congratulations and enjoy the beautiful city!
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    Quote Originally Posted by donna255 View Post
    Santa Maria Novella and Lorenzo Villersi in Florence
    We're staying right in front of the church of Santa Maria Novella and this is the perfumery that first caught my eye on Google maps. I'll check out the other one too.

    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Congratulations on your honey moon!

    In Florence, I highly recommend L'O profumo (via pietrapiana 44r http://www.loprofumo.com/)., which has very many interesting niche brands. And in addition a very knowledgeable and nice owner, who also does some perfumes herself (I like a lot their Kalos). It is not far from the Duomo, in an area that is not as crowded as the main tourist area, but has some excellent traditional restaurants and eateries (like Il cibreo and others), so it could be a good place to go to have lunch.

    Other than that, there are the traditional apothecary style brands like Santa Maria Novella (nice looking stores) and Farmacia Santissima Annunziata. These perhaps more for the side products than the perfumes themselves.

    I know less about Venice. There is a new brand called the Merchant of Venice (http://www.themerchantofvenice.net/en/index.asp) that has interesting stuff, but it's also that the store is very beautiful. It is owned by the family of the creator of Pino silvestre, although you won't find this cheapie there.

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    Thanks Cacio. I think I'd enjoy a perfume made locally so it's even more special. I'll have to see what she can do for me
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    Can't answer your question, but I wanted to say Congrats on your honeymoon. Enjoy!
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    Check out the Merchant of Venice if you have time at : Campo San Fantin 1895 30124 Venezia

    Congratulations and enjoy the beautiful city!
    Thanks Hednic! It looks like they're also the official perfume museum in Venice (or maybe there isn't a lot of competition) so that's an added bonus. The wife-to-be doesn't have the passion I do for fragrance so I'll have to limit my perfume stops to about 2

    Also, their museum line of fragrance looks like a good bang for buck while there. I'll probably snag the sandalwood and Sicilian citruses perfumes.
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    There are also stores/houses in Florence who specialise in customised fragrances. I think the cheapest come in at about £3000, but can be much more.

    I was stopped from entering one as I hadn't made an appointment though -- I only wanted to have a look around

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    There are also stores/houses in Florence who specialise in customised fragrances. I think the cheapest come in at about £3000, but can be much more.

    I was stopped from entering one as I hadn't made an appointment though -- I only wanted to have a look around
    I'd love to look around too, but for that price I could buy my own fragrance organ and put 2500 elsewhere

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    Enjoy your honeymoon. Florence and Venice are great cities and I have visited both.

    Definitely visit Santa Maria Novella - it's hard to spot (looks like a normal house entrance)
    but the foyer and the cloisters out the back are stunning. Very helpful staff, also.

    The Merchant of Venice is interesting too but not as personal. It is also quite tricky to find.
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    I went to the merchant of Venice and the Santa Maria Novella perfumery (we also went to many small perfume shops as well).

    Here's what I brought home:





    I enjoyed seeing and smelling all the different brands, but I was quickly overwhelmed with selections and shocked when I saw prices

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    I hope you had a pleasant trip to Italy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by david black View Post
    I went to the merchant of Venice and the Santa Maria Novella perfumery (we also went to many small perfume shops as well).

    Here's what I brought home:





    I enjoyed seeing and smelling all the different brands, but I was quickly overwhelmed with selections and shocked when I saw prices
    It can get a little overwhelming, but you made out very well during your trip!
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    I think House of Fraser have pretty much all of Merchant of Venice fragrances (Oxford St anyway) well worth checking out

    I have a full bottle of Esperidi Water -- it's very nice and still in rotation after 6 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    I think House of Fraser have pretty much all of Merchant of Venice fragrances (Oxford St anyway) well worth checking out

    I have a full bottle of Esperidi Water -- it's very nice and still in rotation after 6 months
    I really liked Esperidi Water, but out of all the samples I brought home Liberty is my favorite. Too bad it's so expensive.

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    but out of all the samples I brought home Liberty is my favorite.
    Was my wife's favorite also.
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    Is Liberty one of those that come in fancy Murano-type glass bottles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Is Liberty one of those that come in fancy Murano-type glass bottles?

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    Yes, It's one of the Murano Exclusive Collection.
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    I am just back from several days in Italy, both Venice and Florence. I had delightful experiences at Merchant of Venice (I discovered that it's easy to find if you get to the main entrance of Teatro la Fenice opera house. If you're facing the front door of the opera house, look over your right shoulder about 50 yards back.), and in Florence at Santa Maria Novella and Aquaflor. Staffs at all were so helpful and easy to work with. I wasn't blown away with anything a samples from Merchant of Venice, as much as I love their packaging. SMN is available to me in Miami, so I only brought home a couple of things from Aquaflor.

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