Le fragranze iconiche dell'Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

Acqua di Santa Maria Novella

Betrothed to Henry II of Valois, Caterina de’ Medici wanted to bring a gift: an essence that conveyed the grace and elegance of Florence.

It is said that her perfumer Renato Bianco, also known as René le Florentin, recommended the Dominican friars of the church of Santa Maria Novella, with whom she was already close.The result was astonishing: one of the first alcohol-based perfumes in history was created, and its citrus fragrance won over the courts of France. It was originally named “Acqua della Regina”- literally “The Queen’s Water” - in homage to the generous patron.

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