Busy, a lot of buses in the tourist season.
BY SHUTTLE SERVICE
There is a daily service from Florence to and from The Mall.
It departs 9am and 12:30 pm Monday through Friday - 9am only on Saturdays. Return departures are at midday and 5 pm. You should contact the Mall for more information.
From Milano: Take the A1 motorway towards Florence and take the exit marked Incisa. Take the road on the right towards Pontassieve until reaching Leccio. Continue stright through Leccio and The Mall will be on the left.
From Rome: Take the A1 motorway towards Florence and take the exit marked Incisa. Take the road on the right towards Pontassieve until reaching Leccio. Continue stright through Leccio and The Mall will be on the left.
Monday-Saturday 10,00am / 7,00pm Sunday 3,00pm / 7,00pm
What to buy: It houses outlets by Agnona, Bottega Veneta, Emanuel Ungaro, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hogan, I.Pinco.Pallino, La Perla, Loro Piana, Marni, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Tod's, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, yamamoto.
The complex also includes a cafè restaurant: DOT.COM.
What to pay: 30% to 50% off the retail price
The Gigli is a mall located about 20 minutes from the train station in the suburb of Sesto Fiorentino. It has about 100 stores and a huge Pathe multiplex cinema. The larger stores include the Panorama Hypermarket, Universo Sport (sporting goods, great store - smaller boutique style shop located next to the Duomo), Coin department store, Leroy and Merlin home store and Media Worls electronics. It comes complete with a large food court and Irish Pub.
While many might argue that you don't come to Italy to go to a mall, but I beg to differ, it is one of the few times that you wil be in a total Italian environment as all the shoppers are Italian, nice way to eacape the tourist masses in downtown Floville (Florence).
The mall is open from 0900 to 2200 from Monday to Saturday.
I think Florence and not Milan is the outlet fashion capital of europe.Like milan the actually outlets are quite a distance away. Compared with milan...the outlets in Florence is a lot closer to the city.Around 30/50km from Florence.
All these outlets are open till 8pm. So you could literally shop till you drop.
In florence there are basically 2 outlet area.
1) Is the area around the Mall:with the mall, the groove, D&G,Trussardi and of course Prada Space outlet.20 stores.
2) Mcarthurs Glenn Barbarino Outletcenter.100+ stores.
I seperate these two areas because one is to the north of florence and the other is to the south. The distance between the two area and the size of the outlets makes it inadvisable to visit both in 1 day.
What also differentiates between these two area is that the southern outlet centers are the older and more traditional centers. They are all outlets from the highend brands. very expensive items become less expensive based mainly on clothing and other fashion items.
The northern outlets is the wellknown mcarthur glenn outlets..featuring not only clothing but also others tuff like luggage, cooking stuff etc. They have a few high end brands, but also alot of regular brands.
It depends on your budget and tastes where to visit.
The barbarino outlet is the easiest and closest to visit from florence. 100 shops in one open air mall. Lots of shops that are more regular priced affair with a sprinkling of high end stores.
If you a taste of high fashion or have the budget to burn...head to the southern outlets. These are more spread out but they deliver on all the high end brands. I am pretty sure you will leave with a great bargain..how ever expensive it might be.
What i missed: Gucci is from florence.We drive past the gucci HQ when driving to the souther outkets.What i dont see is a major Gucci factory/outlet store like what prada has.(Ps Prada I believe is milan based)(PPS there are 2 gucci outlets ..big one in the Mall and a small one in Barbarino)
What to buy: You can buy all sorts of stuff. But buying the highend italian fashion are great bargains certainly compared to where you come from.
Matter of fact if you are a male, shopping here once a year for your business wear would save you so much money.Literally 1000s of euros.
What to pay: Regular outlet prices seems to be like standard 30% lower price compared to the italian retail prices.
During the sales certain items could be slashed even further...from an extra 30% to an wopping 70% from outlet prices.
Ferre mens dress shirt from 91€ to 29€
Burberry sweater from 120€ to 15€
Tods ladies shoes for 65€
Bruno Magli ladies pumps for 60€
Pal Zileri suits from 1000€ for 150€
As mentioned on the other post. Florence outlets can be seperated in two parts. Sounth and north of florence.
This post is about the southern part. From florence u take the autostrada towards rome. You leave the highway at the regello or Montevarchi exits. After leaving teh highway you are still 15minutes away to the malls.
This is the more traditional and old school outlets. Basically centered around the Prada factory store at Montevarchi and the outletscenters around Regello.
These malls are smallish and speciaises in the high end brands.
If your tastes run to high fashion or you want to grab some bargains these places cant be missed. These places dont only cater to torusits..matter of fact you will notice alot of italians doing there shopping here.
If you have the time i suggest the following itinerary. From Florence head first to Regello outlets.
Here you will find the mall. Here alot of the high fashion brands are situated close to each other. Check the link to see what brands you can find here.
After you finished here you can visit the Groove. Here you will find regular italian brands.Close by is the D&G outlet. Pretty big outlet with everything D&G.
Close by also is Trussardi outlet. very nice with a lot of quality leathergoods thats surprisingly affordable.
After the outlets you can head to Montevarchi and visit Space prada outlet. After this I think you have enough time to go back to regello and than home to flroence.
PS dont forget to take the time to grab something to eat.
What to buy: Anything of the italian fashion houses are great buy.
I noticed that foreign brands aren't that great dealwise.
You will be shocked how they display there items. Forget what you know of regular stores.
Some items you think is expensive...but when you look at the price and after the extra price slashed they are so cheap.
Or you find a mountain of stuff or jumbled together. You think its a garage sale. When you look ai it you will first notice the the high fashion brand and when you at price its no garage sale price.
Anyway i think its fun because you can always find a great bargain.
1) The more you know about these fashion stuff ,the better bargains you will find.
2) Carefull of the "everything" is so cheap trap. They are still Prada, Armani,Tods etc. A tods boots for 100€ is a great bargain...but its still 100€.
3) Carefull of the "not cheap enough" trap. everything is here so cheap...you get blinded by the over the top bargains and miss out on the less extravagant bargains.
Remember to most of us...the prices here are pretty unreal compared tow hat we pay outside of italy. So if you see something you really like..dont hesitate.
4)Keep in mind that you have to fly all the stuff out. :)
Anyway I have fallen to all the above mentioned trap one time of another so hpe these tips are usefull.
What to pay: During the regular italian sales the outlet prices are sleashed even further.
Otherwise regular outlet prices are 30/40% of regular italian prices.
Just hop on the train....after validating your ticket stop at the small town 20 minutes away (forget the train stop). Just ask anyone where "The Mall" stop is. From the train station, there are usually taxi vans that take you to the mall...probably 4-5 euros each. Here, you will fing Gucci, armani, valentino, pucci, burberry, diesel and more. You can find some great stuff for under 100 e but most stuff are dicounted from 1000 e, so even 50% off that is 500e! Also, the Dolce and Gabbana outlet is 5 minutes away (by car) of 20-30 min walk. We opted for the walk because this was a great little town, the very picture of Tuscany! If u do walk, there is not much room to walk, so be careful. Also, cars claiming they're a taxi service will offer you a ride for 5 e...sounds sketchy to me. The D&G outlet was huge. Not everything is on sale though. They even had adorable D&G clothed for babies and children. The cafe uptairs makes THE BEST cappucinno (at a non designer price :) Odd i know, but true.
Our hotel offered a half day trip to shop here and charged 30 euros! or even more....ummmm don't ! we did it for 8e...no need unless you wan to go to the prada outlet whcih is kinda far from here, and thus spend money for a taxi.
What to pay: can pay 35$ for a men's D&G dress shirt, all the way up to hmmm maybe 150?....
I think that both the Mall and Barberino Designer Outlet deserve to be visited since the shops you find are different.
The Mall is located in Leccio, about 20 km south of Florence heading to Valdarno-Arezzo. Here you can find several famous fashion outlets such as Prada, Gucci, Armani Jeans, Bottega Veneta, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Tod's and other important designers. It is certainly smaller than Barberino, but it's definitely worth.
The Mall is open Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm. For special openings visit the website - http://www.themall.it/
You can get there by car taking the A1 Milano-Napoli and exit in “Incisa-Reggello”.
Follow the road on the right towards Pontassieve until reaching Leccio. Soon after passing Leccio, The Mall will be on the Left.
By Train from Florence you can take a regional train to Arezzo and get off in Rignano Sull’Arno. There take a cab and in 5 minutes you'll be there.
By Shuttle Bus from Florence. There is a daily service from most of Florence hotels. For more info you ca ask at the reception of you hotel.
By Public bus - You can take a SITA bus from Florence Bus Station going directly to the Mall. It runs almost every day and you can see here the schedules http://www.themall.it/en/visit/how-to-get-here/public-bus
Berberino del Mugello Designer Outlet is located in Barberino di Mugello, about 35 km North from Florence. It is a shopping village with lots of shops and stores. Here you can find Nike, Rifle, Piquadro, Pinko, Bric's, Belstaff, Dolce and Gabbana,Prada, Diesel, Bialetti and much more. There are more than 100 shops!
The Designer Outlet is open Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. In summer it opens until 9 pm.
You can reach it by car taking A1 Milano-Napoli ans exit in "Barberino di Mugello". Than follow the sings along the street and you be there in a couple of minutes.
By Shuttle Bus - there is a daily shuttle bus service from Florence train station (in front of Bata store) departing at 10 am and at 2.30 pm. The journey lasts about 40 minutes. The bus to come back to Florence departs at 1.30 pm and 6 pm. The round-trip ticket costs 15 euro. Children are free under 14 years old.
For more information visit the site http://www.mcarthurglen.it/barberino/en
What to buy: The Mall is renowned for famous fashion designers such as Prada, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Bottega Veneta just to name a few.
Barberino Designer Outlet is for the large selections of brands you find there. There are both Italian and foreign designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana and Levi's, Furla and Lacoste, Ferrè and Guess.
What to pay: From 30% to 605 discount from original prices
About 40 kilometres outside of Firenze is "The Mall", a group of designer stores selling stylish Italian designer clothing at significant discounts.
Stores include Gucci, Feragamo,Fendi, Y.S. Laurent, Valentino, Ungaro, bottega Veneta, Serio rossi, Loro Piana and me here in front of Armani. You run into solid 30-50% discounts. I bought a Gucci walllet, normally priced at 425 Euro for around 150 Euro. Yeah, I know it's in Firenze, but a little shopping is a nice break.
If you're a tourist, a word to the wise: call your credit card companies in advance that you are in Europe so that security holds won't be placed on your credit cards. It's embarrassing both to you and the merchant if your credit card rejects you transactions unnecessarily.
What to buy: Wallets, clothes, jeans. I liked the Jeans at Armani the most. However, Gucci was very crowded.
What to pay: Have a credit card ready
This place is in Barberino del Mugello. It's distant from Florence but you may go there by car, bus or train. If you rent a car go in Highway n.1 or Autostrada del Sole and go out in Barberino del Mugello exit. Then follow the signs "outlet". There is a big parking area immediately outside. Do your shopping and, if you are angry there are restaurants and bars. This is an open air outlet and there are toilettes too. A lot of marks: Calvin Klein, Gucci, Prada and so on. Avoid, if possible, weekends because a lot of people go there for a stroll.
What to buy: Clothes, bags, shoes of the best marks at discounted prices.
CAF Tour & Travel conducts two outlet shopping tours. The Gucci & Prada tour takes place every Tuesday, Friday, & Saturday. After a 2-hour stop at the Prada outlet, you are taken to The Mall (home to Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, YSL, Valentino, Ungaro, Zegna, Bottega Veneta, Sergio Rossi, and Loro Piana) for another two hours. The price is 20E per person. The Gucci, Prada, Fendi, D&G tour takes place every Monday. The same itinerary as above, plus a 45-minute stop at the Fendi outlet, followed by a 1-hour stop at the D&G outlet. The price is 27E per person.
What to buy: Discounts should be 30% to 50% of what one would pay in a regular store.
This is the northern outlet. !00 stores inside the Macarthur Glen barbarino shopping center. We know the Macarthur Glen style of outletshopping. They are spread out over europe and the sua. Normally you find the same shops everywhere.
But in Florence its different. Here there is already an established outlet centers which already have most of thebig names brands.
So Macarthur Glen misses out on these big name brands...but doesnt mean its bad. To be honest I think this is more diverse array of shops that should fit any wallet and taste. And IMO are perfect complement to the traditional outlets.
With 100 shops you could easily spend a few hours shopping here and its within easy reach of florence and lies right next to the highway.
What to buy: It has some of the high end fashon brands.Like gucci, D&G and prada.But also exclusive brands like Pal Zileri, Ferre etc.
I got some of the best bargains here. It seems the exclusive stores had some truly outstanding bargains.
What to pay: We didnt have enough time...but it seems each store has a few items that are special offers and are huge bargains.
Ralph lauren polo's for 20€, sweaters for 10€
Ferre Dressshirt for 29€
Zileri Suits for 150€
Bruno Magli Shoes for as little as 60€
The Oultet Tour is the best investment I made, while shoping around Florence. The first stop is Space Prada, which houses Miu Miu, Prada, Jill Sander. And, let me tell you how excited I was to find Prada shoes for 30 euro and purses for 35-400 euro. I was in Prada HEAVEN!!! The second stop was the Mall, which houses Gucci, YSL, Armani, Tod's, etc. Gucci is, by far, the best deal EVER. Purses range between 100-500 euro. That's a steal! And, shoes range between 100-300 euro. I was shocked to see how discounted all the items, in all the stores I checked out, were.
What to buy: If you are into designer labels, save your money and get one large piece at Gucci or Prada. My friend got a croc leather Prada purse for 225 euro. A interlocking GG extra large Gucci purse cost about 150-225 euro. I know, it's almost too much to handle...I got Prada strappy sandals for 30 euro & a prada evening purse for 35 euro...
What to pay: Depends on how many things you buy... Be ready to get designer fever, when you get there...
Monday to Saturday 9.30 - 18.30.Sunday 14.20 - 18.20
Exit the A1 at Incisa and turn right. Follow the SS69. Look for a brown and Yellow sign for Fendi and/or D&G on the Left.