The Dominican Church in between the surreptitious wine trade & the finest art of perfumery. Pick up at the Hotel. Five minutes away from Santa Maria Novella church you will step into the Officina – a 400 years old pharmacy and alchemic workshop inside the world-famous Dominican monastery. Indulge your senses with ancient preparations, soaps, perfumes and cosmetics of the most iconic tradition and learn about the original ‘Water of Santa Maria Novella’ - the perfume that Caterina de’ Medici commissioned to the monks in 1533 and brought with her to France when she married Enrico di Valois. Across Santa Maria Novella square you will then be blinded by silver jewels, chisels, medals, frames of the great tradition of the Brandimarte family. At the Brandimarte’s flagship shop, will be offered a presentation about the use of silver in everyday life!