Prada Outlet, Florence
There are actually two prada outlets now in florence. One art barabarino outlet and the main one at Monte Varchi aka Space. It has prada, but also miu miu.
But i wont exactly call it Prada outlet...its more like a factory store. Matter of fact it looks/feels more like a huge regular prada store than a outlet store.
Downside; Most discounts are not so great.
Upside: relatively new current items are available at a 30% discount from the regular store. Combine it with tax refund. Almost 40% discount. And lets not forget the prices are the regular italian prices. Whats already cheaper than the prices outside of italy.
Bigger discounts are available...but you really need to dig for it. The prices are not in plain sight but on the tags.
Getting there: This is pretty tough. Its situated the furthest away from any of the outlet centers near florence at montevarchi. Its also quite far from the high way.
I suggest hiring a car and driving here. With a satnav its quite easily done.
Matter of fact hiring a car is cheaper than using one of the bus tours.
Also u can combine it with the outlets at area of the MALL.
Discounts...was kinda dissappointing.i went there during the regular sale period in Italy. They have a lot of items that is further reduced...but they are not alot. maybe 15% of the collection. And the availablity is limited or are not from prada.But brands like chruch etc.
What to buy: Bags,wallets etc they dont go on sale very much...and here they are available at for 30% discount/
Sunglasses: From 80€ to 120€. For prada/miu miu originals thats great bargains. Matter of fact these glasses were the cheapest compared with other brands at other outlets.
You get them in the regular cases too.Undistinguishable from non outlet stuff.
This is the most fun IMO. As its factory/outet store you can find some interesting stuff. Prada samples. you know what you have is pretty unique. Older or not so popular shoes. i saw mens shoes that was a combination of brogues with the soles of the prada americas cup.
Really wanted them..but alas they didnt have it in my size.
Also these items could be huge bargains.I got a prada Ipod nano case for just 5€. Its for an older type nano...but workmanship looks awesome and is a great gift.
What to pay: Discounts ae about standard 30% regular italian retail prices.For non eu people a further VAT of 10% could be expected. I guess the discount could run much higher depending where u are from comparing with your home prices.
For the netherlands prices of the shoes are about the same as the prices in the netherlands during sales times.
It is best to arrive at Prada before it opens at 9.30. Prada allows only 100 shoppers inside at one time. The wait time can be just a few minutes or a matter of hours.
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Driving: From the A1 motorway, take the exit marked Baldano. Follow the signs for Arezzo and then for Montevarchi. You pass through a series of traffic lights, and a warehouse/factory will be on your left. That's Prada. There's no sign on the building; just follow the people.
Train: Take the train from Florence's Santa Maria Novella Station to Montevarchi (one hour), then continue by taxi (about 20 minutes) to the outlet.
What to buy: The outlet carries all of Prada's lines, including Miu Miu, Helmut Lang, Jil Sander and Church's shoes.
The Prada outlet is none as I Pellettieri d'Italia and is located in the town of Montevarchi, which is about 45 minutes away by train to Arezzo/Rome. TO check the schedule, please go to:
When you get to the station you can get a taxi to the outlet, it is about 10 to 12 Euros 1 way, you can arrange for the driver to come back for you at an appointed hour or just grab a taxi there.
Beware of weekends and tour buses! Often times you must take a number and wait as only a limited number of shoppers are let in at any one time.
They have also added a nice cafe area for the non-interested and the weary shoppers to recoup after spending their savings or just taling a break from their purchases.
If you are not an EU resident/citizen make sure you get a tax free form, at the ariport you can get the cash back, it is about 16% of the total purchase price. If you are several people, best to pool your pruchases if your total is under 150 Euros, that is the minimum to get the tax back.
What to buy: Mens and Womens clothing
Mens and Womens shoes
They have other brands besides Prada.
Shopping here can be hit and miss.
As the store becomes more well known the prices have risen, however it is still 1/2 the price of the stores in Italy and 1/3 - 1/4 the price of the stores in the rest of the world (don't even mentione the shops in Asia!!)
They take credit cards.
Monday to Saturday from 930 to 1230 and 1500 to 1900.
BEWARE: If you are coming in August, check for the 2 week closing, it changes every year!
Heavily discounted Prada products. Miu Miu, Helmut Lang, and Jil Sander are also featured. Outlet opens at 9:30 a.m. There is a machine near the entrance; push the button to get a number. In the beginning, 10 numbers at a time are let in. Don't forget to fill out VAT refund forms. Your cab driver will give you his card to call him when you're done shopping. It's best to have a cell phone or an Italian phone card as the phone outside the outlet takes neither coins or credit cards. It was definitely worth the trip for me!
What to buy: Shoes & bags are my vices!
What to pay: Men's ties & belts were 20E, socks were 10E, and shirts were 50-60E. A small selection of women's boots & shoes were 30E to 100E; most others were 120E to 299E. Purses were 170E to 350E; wallets & key cases began at 65E.