Acqua di S.M.Novella Elisir
This is a specialty of the pharmacy, traditionally called "Acqua Antisterica", literally "anti-hysteric water". It is a mixture of essential ingredients of select aromatic plants used over the centuries and known for their calming and digestive properties: costmary, mint and cinnamon. The original formula was developed in 1614 by Friar Angiolo Marchissi.
A hydro-alcoholic solution (70% v/v) to be used as follows: dilute 1 teaspoonfuls in half a glass of water and drink in small sips.
It is thought to have been referred to by the Romans of the area, as far back as 200 BC, as Puccino. The first documented mention of Prosecco come...