2012/11/14

designer outlets | florence

One of the really great things about living in Florence is that we have some of the best designer outlets nearby. I love to spend a whole Saturday or Sunday driving around Tuscany to visit the amazing outlets and of course very often spend quite a few money here. Below are my favorites.

The Mall

The Mall is the most important outlet in Tuscany. This is where you find all the big designers. The place is located near the city Incisa.

At The Mall you can save around 40-60% on top designers. The assortment in the shops can vary a bit, but it is almost always possible to find something good. At The Mall you find designers such as Gucci, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Bottega Veneta, Emanuel Ungaro, Ermenegildo Zegna,
 Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Hogan, La Perla, Marni, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi and Tod's. Next to The Mall you find a gigantic Prada outlet, which has just recently opened. The Mall also has a fabulous cafe, where you can have pizza slices, sandwiches and salads.

The photo below is an old, old photo I took on a daytrip to The Mall and the Prada outlet several years ago. We were four persons and this is how the back of the car looked like at the end of the day. I remember bringing home a wonderful Balenciaga bag, which I still have.

You can get to The Mall by shuttle bus from Florence, or you can drive there by car.

Via Europa 8, 50060 Leccio Reggello. T. +39 055 8657775 www.themall.it




Space (Prada outlet)

If you are a Prada fan you have to visit the outlet Space, which can only be reached by car, and which I personally remember is quite difficult to find, but if you click on the website below, you will find a map where you can receive the directions. Good luck!

Località Levanella. S.S. 69. Montevarchi. T. +39 055 91901.


McArthurGlen/Barberino Designer Outlet

A little outside Florence, in Barberino, you find the fabulous Barberino Designer Outlet also known as McArthurGlen Outlet. This is actually a whole little town full of shops. Most of the shops are medium priced labels, but you also find Prada, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. The place has lots of cafeterias, pizzerias and restaurants, so you can easily spend a whole day here and have lunch in between the shopping.

Click HERE for driving indications and info on shuttle service from Florence. The outlet is closed on Mondays, but stays open all weekend.

Via Meucci snc. Barberino di Mugello (FI) T. +39 055 842161 www.mcarthurglen.com/it/barberino-designer-outlet


Valdichiana Outlet

The Valdichiana outlet is very similar to the McArthurGlen outlet at Barberino, but I think it's a little bigger.

There are more than 140 shops within the outlet village and labels include Sisley, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Calvin Klein, Guess, Piquadro, Samsonite, Stefanel, Replay and many more.

If you have kids the outlet in Valdichiana is especially good since it has a huge playground with all kinds of entertaining stuff for the little ones who probably don't care too much about shopping. In the meantime you can shop cute children's clothes at Gap, Replay or Benetton.

Via Enzo ferrari 5. Foiano della Chiana (AR) www.valdichianaoutlet.it
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