Tuscany, a shopper’s paradise!

05/01/2015

Tuscany has always been a shopper’s paradise – and now with the United States dollar having gained over 10 percent against the Euro it’s even better!
Whether you’re looking for designer goods, ceramics, shoes and other leather goods, antiques or jewelry, we’ve got bargains galore!

The Luxury Outlet “The Mall” is located 30 minutes southeast of Florence on the Via Europa 8, Leccio Regello (Florence) features a host of designer goods at about thirty percent discount from their retail prices. Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Armani, Saint Laurent, Fendi, Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Zegna, and Pucci are just a few of the designers offering their goods at bargain rates. The mall is open everyday from 10 A.M. until 7 P.M.

Bruno Manetti in Tuscany

You can easily access The Mall from the autostrada, but for those who don’t like driving there are frequent shuttle busses leaving from just outside Santa Maria Novella, Florence’s main train station (Via Santa Caterina da Siena 17 – One-way ticket cost: 5.00€). Nearby at località Santa Maria Maddalena 49, in Pian dell’Isola Rignano Sull’Arno you will find the Dolce & Gabbana Outlet tucked in another outlet mall with some other lesser known, but nevertheless fantastic designers. Prada has its own separate outlet in Montevarchi (Località Levanella S.S.69). Of course if you want to make your drive even shorter you can rent the beautiful Castello di Volognano from TuscanDream and you’re only a few minutes away!

If you’re looking for cashmere you probably are going to want to visit the Bruno Manetti Outlet in Via Delle Imprese 16/18 – 50056 MONTELUPO FIORENTINO (Empoli Est exit on the Fi-Pi-Li road. If you are interested in visiting the factory we are able to set you up with a private tour of the production area, as well as the showroom and the all back stage areas! For more info just sent us an email through our contact form.

One of our favourite activities is going to the weekend antique markets. Imagine a giant flea market – except instead of selling used blue jeans and cheap t-shirts, they’re selling antiques and paintings from the 17th , 18th and 19th centuries! The market schedule is as follows:

First Sunday of each month:
Arezzo – Piazza San Francesco & Piazza Grande
Agliana (Pistoia) – Via Roma

Second weekend of each month (except August)
Pistoia – Via Pacinotti
Pisa – Loggia dei Banchi

Third Sunday of each month:
Lucca – Via del Battistero (our favourite antique market)
Siena – Piazza del Mercato
Cortona

Fourth Weekend of each month:
Viareggio – Piazza Manzoni

If you’re looking for Porcelain and ceramics, we highly recommend a trip to Bellini Più (Via del Virginio 150 in Montespertoli) or the Richard Ginori Outlet (Viale Giulio Cesare 19 Sesto Fiorentino)

Shoppers looking for leather goods should check out the Cuoieria Fiorentina Outlet in Reggello (Via dei Ciliegi 25).

We recommend you book a luxury villa from TuscanDream, bring an extra suitcase, and practice some retail therapy!

 

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  • Tuokol
    21st December 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I have met Lisa in Florence. I have a fnierd who is a very good fnierd of Lisa’s mother.I love her book, The Promise. I did something like she did 10 years earlier when I went to Italy for the first time in 1972. I could relate to so much in that book. I also loved the second one.

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