The Antica Spezieria di San Giovanni is an old spice shop that used to belong to the San Giovanni complex.
No one knows exactly when it was founded, but we know that in 1201 it was already in existence. It was in operation until 1766, then the monks gave it up.
There are three rooms inside the old shop: the sala del fuoco (fire room), the sala dei Mortai (mortars room) and the sala delle sirene (mermaids room).
To buy some of the monks soaps and oils you have to head to the convent next door: I bought a bottle of a very refreshing oil made with 31 different herbs – which is good for relaxation and massages.
The old spice shop open all year round Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 to 13.45. May to September there’s extended hours and the shop stays open on Mondays, as well. Closing times are at 18.00 or 19.00. Entrance is 2,00 € and photography is not allowed, but if you ask nicely they will not object to you taking a photo or two, provided you don’t use your flash.