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San Giovanni Old pharmacy

Borgo Pipa - 1/A - Parma - PR - 43121
Phone: +39 0521508532 Fax: +39 0521206336

open on Saturday from 2pm to 6pm, ticket office closed at 5.30pm.
Other days by prebooking tel. +39 0521233309 - 0521508532.


full price euros 2,00; concessions kids between 18 and 25 years old euros 1,00; free entrance for disabled people and carers, under 18 and schools.


The historical apothecary, dating back to 1201, can be found in the west side of the monastery of San Giovanni. Run by Benedectine monks, the apothecary remained in use until 1766. Bought by the State, it was restored and opened to the public in 1959.

In the 16th-17th century interior decorated by frescoes, a large collection of apothecary vases is displayed on ancient wooden shelves: tall and cylindrical albarelli, flasks, jugs and mortars for the preparation of remedies.

The monks' dispensary is divided into three rooms: the Room of Fire (Sala del fuoco) dominated by a large counter, the Mortar room (Sala dei mortai) frescoed with images of masters of medicine frescoed in the lunettes and the Room of the Sirens (Sala delle Sirene) dedicated to Parma's masters of medicine and pharmacology.

How to get there:

the apothecary is located in the historical center, behind the Cathedral, 5 minutes walk from Piazza Garibaldi and 10 minutes walk from the railway station.

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