Factory & Luxury Outlets near Florence
In addition to a tourist guide on the city’s monuments, museums and restaurants, tourists visiting Florence should also take a valuable list of must visit outlets and their friends’ ” shopping list “. It’s all about handbags, shoes, clothes and accessories signed by the major Italian and international fashion brands, found in the many discounted Luxury Outlets scattered around Florence.
Sometimes they are just Chinese or German newspaper articles, rather than Arabic or English, but their content is always similar: street maps and addresses with instructions to reach them by car or bus, along with hints and tips on where to find what, and what to buy.
Some Luxury Outlets, as The Mall in Reggello are so well-organized that they have their own stops where to take the shuttle bus, and they often offer a pick-up service for groups directly at the hotel. Indeed, purchases with the best discounts are no longer made in the city, but in the numerous outlets distributed in a range from ten to thirty kilometers along Florence highways and motorways. For a tourist who has already faced thousands of kilometers to get to Florence, these distances are trivial, as are the just 30 km to The Mall in Reggello, south of Florence, where to find all the best clothing with discounts up to 30-70 %.
Continuing along the same road up to Montevarchi, near Arezzo, we find the historic Prada outlet much more popular than the real Sword in the Stone found in the nearby Cistercian Abbey of San Galgano.
In Mugello, north of Florence, precisely in Barberino, there’s McArthurGlenn Barberino Outlet Village, run by the same owners of the legendary Serravalle Outlet, recently opened and fast growing. It hosts 100 shops from clothing to cosmetics, up to home furnishing and shoes by the most prestigious fashion brands: Prada, Polo Ralph Lauren, D&G, Lacoste, Furla, Belstaff, Calvin Klein, Puma, Adidas, Pinko, Guess, Coccinelle, Pupa, Marlboro Classics, Docksteps, Lagostina and Bormioli. You can get there by shuttle bus from Santa Maria Novella Station every morning at 10 am and at 2.30 pm (in front of BATA store), with returns to Florence at 1.30 and 6.00 pm.
Valdichiana Outlet Village is another popular outlet offering discounted prices on luxury brands and is situated one hour ‘s drive from Florence, towards Arezzo / Siena. It houses 140 shops of the most prestigious Italian and international apparel brands with 30-70 % discounts even on recent collections. Some of the brands sold are: Guess, Calvin Klein, Levi’s Dockers, Fornarina, Puma, Sisley, Benetton. It’s precisely found in via Enzo Ferrari, Foiano della Chiana, phone n. +39 0575 49926, open daily from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm.
Much closer to Florence and just 4 km away from The Mall is Dolce & Gabbana Factory Outlet where you can buy anything from lingerie to shoes at discounted prices. It is found in Santa Maria Maddalena Pian dell’Isola and is open daily from 10.00 am to 7.30 pm, phone +39 1300 055 833. With the same opening times of D&G store and close enough to Luxury Outlet the Mall, too, you can also visit Fendi’s outlet in Via Europa 8, in Leccio di Reggello.
In Sesto Fiorentino, in the immediate outskirts of Florence and then in a certainly more accessible location for tourists is Roberto Cavalli Factory Outlet, where to buy all the clothes and accessories of the collection prior to the current season. It is in via Volturno 3, Sesto Fiorentino. Open Mondays through Saturdays from 10.00 to 19.00.
Also near Florence, Prato to be precise, there’s Black Label, one of the largest national distributors of designer fashion, with discounts on stock units by: Fendi, D&G, Blumarine, Blugirl, Prada, MIU MIU, Dior, Bottega Veneta, Richmond, Versace, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Chloé, Armani, Mark Jacobs, Furstenberg, Etro, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Ballantyne, Canali. The address is Via Perlasca 39, Prato, phone n. +39 0574 815319 , open Mondays, through Fridays from 9.30 to 1.30 and from 2.30 to 6.30.
And last but not least, here is the already mentioned The Mall, in Valdarno, Incisa Reggello, a thirty-minute drive from Florence. This is the address that tourists from all over the world will bring in their written notes and exchange in hotel lobbies with other tourists, because here you can really find all the most prestigious brands, not only Italian, but also American and European, at discounted prices, including Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent. Discounts vary from 30% to 70% depending on the brands, the collections and the assortment available. This is not a store, but a real village with restaurants, bistros and a relaxed and refined atmosphere. The Mall can be reached by bus from Santa Maria Novella station.