Florence pharmacies (farmacie)

Italian farmacie are usually marked by an illuminated green cross, Florence pharmacies, Florence, Italy (Photo by Chris Sampson)
Italian farmacie are usually marked by an illuminated green cross

Farmacie (drug stores, chemists, pharmacies) in Florence

When Italians feel sick, they don't call their doctor; they head to the local farmacia (far-ma-CHEE-ya), where the dying art of the skilled apothecary and knowledgeable druggist still lives on.

You can do the same. Just walk in bravely, put your charade skills to work, and point to whatever hurts while moaning.

Central Florence pharmacies open 24/7 or late

How to find other pharmacies in Florence

Italy seems to have more pharmacies than banks, and rarely do you have to go far to find a corner farmacia. 

Italian pharmacies are marked by neon signs of the international cross symbol, like glowing green plus signs. (Why green and not red? Beats me.)

The drug stores in Florence operate on a rotating schedule to ensure than a minimum number are open on any given day (including Sundays, holidays, late at night, or overnight).

Whichever lucky drug store drew the short straw to be open on an inconvenient day or time is called the farmacia di turno, and all Italian farmacie post a list of this schedule on or near the front door—so if you come across a closed one, at least you can peruse the list to find an open pharmacy.

Your hotel will also be able to tell you where to find the nearest open pharmacy.

 
 

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