If you love a bargain then designer outlet shopping is a must in Italy!
I went to the Space Outlet and The Mall while I was in Florence. Tours are available that cover both outlets in a day, but both places can be easily done by yourself via public transport.
Space Outlet – An outlet dedicated to selling Prada and Miu miu pieces.
I was in heaven!!! I picked up a hobo handbag, a new wallet and Miu miu pump heels.
This Prada outlet is by far the best outlet that I have ever been to. Even if you are not a Prada fan you will find something that you’ll like. There’s everything from womenswear, to menswear, to shoes, to handbags and other accessories. Most of the stock were from the most recent past season’s collection and any classic designs that were launched in seasonal colours.
The journey was approx 1 hr 20mins by train from Florence main station to Montevarchi. From Montevarchi it is another 5 minute drive to the outlet, by foot maybe 30 mins? But don’t worry about being stranded at Montevarchi station. There’s a line of taxis at the taxi rank and many of the drivers knew straight away everyone was after the Space Outlet. The taxi fare from the station to the outlet is approx 12 euros. A tip here is to spot out any other fashionistas that would want to share a taxi with you.
The outlet is off a busy road with plenty of parking spaces (if you decide to drive yourself). Upon arrival make sure you pick up a ticket before you enter the warehouse – this ticket is your customer order and will be required to be presented to the the Sales Assistant when making your purchases. Typical items will be at between 30-70% off the rrp.Via Levanella Becorpi
Localita Levanella, S.S. 69 Montevarchi
Italy 011-39-55 978-94-81
The Mall – An outlet of variety of designer brands.
The Mall is next outlet that I would recommend to go to for designer goodies at a fraction of the price. From Florence main station there is a shuttle bus service that takes you to the mall. There are 3 scheduled buses in a day and the duration of the bus trip is a little less than an hour.
The Mall is an outdoor dedicated shopping precinct and hosts most of the well known designer houses such as Bottega Veneta, Marni, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi Tod’s, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. Recently Prada and Miu Miu have also opened new outlets at The Mall (so if you don’t have time for the Space Outlet, The Mall is a good option).
Did I buy anything? Of course I did! I bought a Marni framed leather satchel, YSL cashmere scarf and a Dior silk scarf.