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Typology: Place of historical interest


Address: Piazza della Scala, 23
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)


Opening times

Visits only by telephone appointment


Modalità di partecipazione: Booking required


Located at the first floor of the convent of the Carmelitani Scalzi, the ancient pharmacy was originally established for the necessity of the friars who used to produce medicinal products for their health in the garden. At the end of the 17th century, it was opened at the public and became so famous that princes, cardinals and it was also used by the popes' doctors. This gave it its nickname "the popes' pharmacy".  The pharmacy remained open until 1978 and until the 1950s it provided genuine medicines at moderate prices and a free clinic for the public.

The scientific work done in the workshops was always performed using ingredients taken from the plants, with careful study behind them. The first room of the old pharmacy is the sales room, dating from 1700, with walnut furniture, while the ceiling and floor are from 1800.

The pharmacy contains very precious objects, such as Umbria-Marche ceramics and a herbarium designed by St Basil.

There is also a sort of medicine room that was used for the simplest basic preparations, and finally a multi-functional back room, as a library, doctor's office and warehouse.

See also

Culture and leisure › Historic places of worship › Catholic Churches
Last checked: 2022-06-30 15:48