When you think about perfume and the art of perfume making, Venice might not be the first city that comes to mind. Maybe you’re thinking about Grasse in France, Pyrgus in Cyprus or Cologne in Germany? Venice did however play a historical role in the development of perfume. Around 1400, the city was the center of European perfumery. Thanks to its role as a major trading place for spices and incents, the city was one of the first to discover and enjoy the pleasure of perfume and soap.
In this post, I will tell you more about the history of perfumes in Venice, about some traditional perfume houses which are still active in Venice, and finally about the Palazzo Mocenigo which houses the Venetian perfumery museum.