Whenever you´re in Florence you don´t want to miss one of the oldest and probably most beautiful pharmacies of the world! La Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella – founded shortly after 1221 by Dominican friars who made and sold balms, medications out of medicinal herbs grown in the monastic gardens.
In 1612 the pharmacie was well know even outside of Florence and opened to the public.
The Old Apothecary, now a herbalist’s shop, was used for the sale and display of products between 1612 and 1848, while the historic Sales Room, restructured in 1848, was the place in which the company’s customers were welcomed when the increasing fame of the pharmacy made the provision of a room for entertaining customers a must. (Museums in Florence)
Today they offer a wide range of products from soaps to colognes, medical liqueurs made after the old recipes. Even some fragrance quite similar to the „acqua della regina“ once created for the loyal costumer Catherine de‘ Medici.
I just knew I wanted to go somewhere with one of the ferries and let fate decide where to, the first ferry that was going to leave the harbour of Naples would be mine. Little did I know that there were that many different companies and ferries leaving all the time – nevertheless I ended up on a boat to Capri!
And as I love boating I stepped on the next one the minute I reached Capri – or almost at the same moment. Unfortunately it was to windy for the grande tour around the island and to the Grotta Azzurra, but the small tour to the four Faraglioni was beautiful and the blue grotto will be thee next time.
While cruising I spotted some dream houses on top of Capri… and wished to be on one of these little boats…
Or just dive into the ocean – that colour!
Saying hello to the faraglioni and the boat turned around going back to the harbour.
After a short walk around the harbour, a little limoncello granita, I spent the next hours at one of the little beaches – swimming with a view!
Back to Naples and being greeted by Vesuvius bathed in golden evening light – almost too kitschy.
A rainy afternoon was the pefect excuse to spend some hours at the archeological museum – even that wasn´t any light in two of the rooms with all the marbles, still don´t know why, but it made me miss the famous buttocks of Venus Callipyge – there are so many beautiful artifacts, I might be going back there this autumn.
Founded in the 1750s by Charles III of Spain the museums hosts a huge collections of Roman and Greek artifacts from Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum.
And suddenly one had to wait in line – I was reaching the Gabbinete, the „Secret Room“!
is the name of the Bourbon Monarchy gave the private rooms in which they held their fairly extensive collection of erotic or sexual items, mostly deriving from excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Access was limited to only persons of mature age and known morals.(Wikipedia)
My morals seemed known enough – I was allowed to enter…