Though Italy is famous for its culture and food, one must never forget the importance of its fashion industry. No self respecting Italian would leave the house without the perfect outfit and hairstyle! Feel like indulging your inner fashion victim? Check out the two biggest designer factory outlets in Tuscany: the Barberino Designer Outlet and The Mall Luxury Outlet. In both, you will find a wide array of the most famous Italian and foreign designers at discounted prices.
Barberino Designer Outlet
The Barberino Outlet was designed as a Renaissance town. It allows for a pleasant walk from boutique to boutique on large alleyways and over little bridges. It has 121 single and multi brand stores to choose from along with cafés and restaurants (check all the stores and brands in Barberino).
The Barberino outlet is open from Monday to Sunday. In the summer, opening times are from 10 am to 9 pm, whilst the shops close at 8 pm the rest of the year. The outlet complex is about a 45 minute drive from the center of Florence.
There is a shuttle service four times a day that picks up visitors near the Santa Maria Novella train station. A return ticket costs €13 for adults, €8 for teens between 14 and 16 years of age. Children travel for free.
By car, follow directions for Barberino. The exit towards the mall and signs are clearly placed. There are also electric charging stations available in the parking lot.
If you are travelling as a group (10 or more people) why not ask for a group discount? Contact the outlet and you will be given an extra 10 per cent discount on your purchases.
But if you want to feel like a VIP, the best option is to hire a private driver to take you there and back to Florence.
The Mall Luxury Outlet
The Mall hosts 42 of the biggest fashion brands ranging from Alexander McQueen to Balenciaga, without forgetting famous Italian fashion houses such as Roberto Cavalli, Versace or Fendi (view the brands present at The Mall). The Gucci Café and Restaurant, located on top of its eponymous shop, offers a wide range of culinary delicacies and a stylish place to relax after a shopping spree.
The Mall Outlet is open from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm June through August, but closes at 7pm the rest of the year. It’s about a 45 minute drive to the outlet complex from the Florence city center.
The Mall offers a frequent bus service from Florence. The bus stop is near the Santa Maria Novella train station in Via Santa Caterina da Siena, 17 (check the summer and winter bus timetable). A return ticket costs €13 and can also be purchased online.
The Mall also offers a shuttle service with a hotel pick up at €35 per person. Remember to book your shuttle service the day before and bare in mind that there are only 3 pick up times available each day.
By car follow directions towards Rome and exit at Incisa-Reggello. Follow towards Pontassieve. The Mall is just outside of Leccio.
And remember: if you really love shopping, you may end up laden with bags. That’s why hiring a private driver in Florence might be the best solution!