The pharmacy at the Ercole d’Oro

There are so many old pharmacies in Venice, that some have remained in situ, turned into contemporary shops (especially those of the perfume company The Merchant of Venice). One of the most spectacular such locations is the Ercole d’Oro pharmacy near the church of Santa Fosca, in the district of Cannaregio, with 17th-18th-century furniture and artifacts. We have admired the painted ceiling, the exquisite furniture with reliefs and sculptures, the drawers with apothecary inscriptions, the pottery jars, as well as an interesting depiction of drug-making, on a wooden plaque commemorating the renovation of the 18th century.