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Outlet Shopping outside of Florence

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I noted that there is some older postings on this subject. Wondering if anyone has had some recent experience going to the Gucci and Prada outlet outside of Florence.
We will not have a car. What is the best way to get there? Is it worth it? If so, any inside tips?

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    Here is what we found- If you think 3000E for a jacket is a great price because the original price was 8000E then go to the MALL. We found very few bargains especially since the dollar exchange is not good. the one outlet we did like was in north of FLorence and I will check on the name . There are car services that cost about 400E to take you toeach outlet.

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    I just got back from the outlets a few weeks ago. We went to both outlets, The Mall, near Florence, and also the larger Mall, just south of Milan, a nice day trip from Florence. Although there is a bus, if there are 3 or more of you, a car rental is both cheaper and more fun, remember you are tarvelling thru Tuscan countryside! Also with the bus, you are confined to their schedule.

    The Mall near Florence is quite small, with mostly higher-end designer stores. It all depends when you happen to be there, sometimes you hit it when the pricing is just normal outlet prices, sometimes they have additional discounts uop to 80% off the outlet price. We found some bargains (as compared to the same item on sale in the US or Florence). I have always found it worthwhile, but then it depends on what you're looking for. If you are a fan of Loro Piano, then yes.

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    I have been to the Mall outside of Florence twice. I didn't expect to like it, nor find things that I was willing to buy but I was wrong! I would say that, overall, it is not like a typical US outlet (I'm Canadian and rather addicted to US outlet malls, I must confess!) in that there are not a lot of things in the 50E or less category. Note that I say "not a lot of things". On our first trip I came home with a 20E Armani t-shirt that I quite like, a 9E Burberry silk scarf (that I wish I would have bought 20 of and given as gifts for the rest of my life) and my husband bought a Burberry shirt in the 75E range and a Zegna tie somewhere in that same range. On the same trip I also held (note "held") a $1100E Gucci dress, 300E Gucci shoes, a 400E Ferragamo blazer that I almost bought because I loved it so much (but didn't! Thank goodness!) and my girlfriend bought 150E Ferragamo shoes that are soooooooo nice. On our 2nd trip I didn't buy anything - likely because it was just my husband and I (versus a group of 6 on our first trip) and the frenzied "must buy things" feeling just wasn't there. If you're ok with spending between 100-300E on nice, smaller designer pieces or 500-1000E and up on reallllly nice designer pieces then the Mall is quite a fun excursion. If you're looking for 10-100E cheap, good deals, they could be harder to find and create a potentially discouraging shopping trip.

    I am of the understanding that you can book a shuttle bus from Florence but I do not know how. We drove there both times - the first time following a friend who knew how to get there and the 2nd time following our GPS who did an equally great job! I believe they are approximately an hour away from Florence - give or take a half hour or so (it's vacation! who keeps track of time??? :) )

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    Hello sunschien, if you have the time I am sure it would be a fun experience. Having said that my Italian friends in Florence and the surrounding areas do not consider going to the outlets very worthwhile. They have been several times. But again if you have the time and it is of interest to you who knows, you might find some wonderful bargain. I don't know about the bus information (my Italian friends of course always drove in their own cars) but no doubt your hotel could help you with that. Best regards.

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    Shall we suggest the www.tuscanyoutlets.com. Herpage & links from their web site. Hope this can be helpful to you. Bye David W.

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    > Full Shopping Tours

    Excellent bargains make our tours a great way to appease the shopping desire! Bargains, bargains, bargains as far as the eye can see! We take all the hassle out of driving and parking. Let our professional driver guides do all the work so you can have all the fun shopping at the most exclusive fashion outlets.



    The Mall and D&G Outlets (5 hrs)

    A trip to Florence is not complete without a visit to The Mall. Enjoy the thrill and excitement of finding the world's finest designer labels for less. Feautiring Agnona, Bottega Veneta, Diesel, Emmanuel Ungaro, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hogan, La Perla, Loro Piana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Tod's, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent. In addition visit the nearby Dolce e Gabbana new factory store.



    The Mall, D&G and Space Outlets (8 hrs)

    Come see why this is our most popular outlet shopping day trip! Including all the previous name-brand stores at The Mall and D&G plus the Prada Outlet called Space, which also has designs by Helmut Lang, MiuMiu and Jill Sander and deals are spectacular, sometimes 50 to 75% off...



    Barberino Designer and Roberto Cavalli Outlets (6 hrs)

    McArthurGlen Designer Outlet has arrived in Tuscany! This exciting new outlet center recalls the architecture of an old rural Tuscan village. Featuring a large collection of designer outlets (more than 100 stores), all at everyday savings of 30% to 70%, including Bose, Bric's, Brooksfield, Bruno Magli, Calvin Klein, D&G, Frette, Furla, Guess, J. P. Gaultier, Mariella Burani, Max Mara, Missoni, Moreschi, Pal Zileri, Pollini, Prada, Sergio Tacchini, The Bridge.




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    > Shopping & Wine Tasting Tours

    This fashion and wine lover's package features haute couture shopping and complimentary reserve wine tasting. We offer the chance for visiting the most exclusive factory stores around Florence and then cross the enchanted Chianti hills to discover the quality and the secrets of one of the most famous wines in the world.



    The Mall and D&G Outlets + Casa Emma Farmhouse (8 hrs)

    Feauturing some of the world's finest designers' factory stores as Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Loro Piana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, YSL, Dolce e Gabbana. Later we will visit a place suspended between two extraordinary wine realms: Florence and Siena. That is Casa Emma where the owners have been dedicated to welcoming visitors for years and explaining how excellent wine is produced from the initial rows of vines. After having seen the route undertaken by the clusters of grapes that pass from the vineyard, through a variety of procedures to the wine cellar, tasting time comes and wine can be taken together with Tuscan cheese and salami on a panoramic terrace or in the tasting room.



    The Mall and Space Outlets + Coltibuono Abbey (8 hrs)

    It includes all the name-brand stores of the previous tour at The Mall plus the Prada's Outlet called Space, which also has designs by Helmut Lang, MiuMiu and Jill Sander. Just after that we will enter the charming hills of Chianti countryside to reach the one thousand years old monastery of Coltibuono. where man has made himself at one with nature and has succeeded in producing one of the most famous wines in the world while respecting the environment, its people, the seasons and the rhythms of nature. A responsible choice made with enthusiasm and determination. The tasting sessions (two hours) are preceded by a comprehensive visit and are accompanied by a selection of local cold cuts and cheeses.



    The Mall and Space Outlets + Volpaia Castle (8 hrs)

    This tour takes to The Mall (Agnona, Bottega Veneta, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Loro Piana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, etc.) and Space (Prada, Helmut Lang, MiuMiu, Jill Sander, etc.) outlet centers. We later drive through forests and vineyards and reach Volpaia Castle, a small fortified village in central Chianti that retains a great deal of its original architecture. A guided tour which take at least one hour will explain all aspects of wine making from the grape to the bottle and during November and December after watching the olives being crushed by the huge millstones, visitors may taste the freshly pressed olive oil and the Chianti's celebrated wines.



    The Mall and D&G Outlets + Frescobaldi's Nipozzano Castle (8 hrs)

    Our first stops are at The Mall (Bottega Veneta, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, etc.) and Dolce & Gabbana Factory Store, We then drive back towards Florence and arrive at Nipozzano Castle. Set high upon a hill, dominating the area and boasting views over the Arno and Sieve rivers, this castle dates as far back as 1164 when it was originally built for the Conti Guidi family. It then passed to the noble Florentine Albizi family and from them to the Frescobaldi family, as the dowry of Leonia degli Albizi upon her marriage to Angiolo de' Frescobaldi. In 1855 Vittorio degli Albizi, ancestor of the present owners and expert viticulturist, brought to Nipozzano the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties of vine which have been cultivated to the present day.



    Valdichiana Outlet Village + Frescobaldi's Castel Giocondo (8 hrs)

    From Florence we drive south on the Italian main motorway (A1) for about 60 miles and arrive at the Valdichiana Outlet Village. Among its 90 shops you will find some exclusive brands as Calvin Klein, Conte of Florence, Just Cavalli, Tommy Hilfinger and many more. We later move to the Castel Giocondo estate that produces some of the finest wines in the Marchesi de'Frescobaldi's selection, which includes Lamaione, Castelgiocondo Riserva, and Brunello. The estate covers over 800 hectares of vines, olive groves, woodland and pastures. With its small medieval castle and village, the estate is a picturesque Italian dream. The castle was originally built in 1100 to defend the road to Sienna from invaders coming from the sea.




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    > Shopping & Historical Sites Tours

    History and Fashion in a perfect mixture of past and present Tuscany. These tours will allow you to visit the most important artistical and cultural sites of the region, passing by suggestive natural landscape and combining that with the possibility of great shopping bargains at the designers' factory outlets in the area.



    The Mall and Space Outlets + Siena and San Gimignano (8 hrs)

    After visiting and shopping at The Mall (Bottega Veneta, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, etc.) and Space (Prada, Helmut Lang, MiuMiu, Jill Sander, etc.) outlet centers, we drive through the Chianti area to reach Siena, one of Italy's best preserved medieval towns, and San Gimignano with its famous skyline drawn by 13 ancient towers.



    Valdichiana Outlet Village + Arezzo and Cortona (8 hrs)

    Valdichiana Outlet Village is a shopping environment that reflects the ambience of a real Tuscan village with squares, streets, open galleries, terraces and bridges. Among its 90 shops you will find some exclusive brands as Calvin Klein, Conte of Florence, Just Cavalli, Tommy Hilfinger and many more. After this we'll proceed to Arezzo, famous for frescoes in its churches and Cortona, one of the oldest cities in Tuscany. with its typical narrow streets. Both of them were major seats of power during the medieval period.



    Barberino Designer Outlet + Lucca and Pisa (8 hrs)

    An exciting new outlet center that recalls the architecture of an old rural Tuscan village. Featuring a large collection of designer stores including Brooksfield, Bruno Magli, Calvin Klein, D&G, Frette, Furla, , J. P. Gaultier, Max Mara, Missoni, Pollini, Prada. From here our driver will take you to visit Lucca, protected by massively thick 16th-century walls, featuring some of Italy's finest medieval and Renaissance architecture and the town of Pisa worldwide famous for the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and its Baptistry.



    Barberino Designer Outlet + Forte dei Marmi and Pisa (8 hrs)

    McArthurGlen Designer Outlet has more than 100 stores (Bruno Magli, Calvin Klein, D&G, J. P. Gaultier, Max Mara, Missoni, Pollini, Prada, etc.) all at everyday savings of 30% to 70%. Later, by a 45 minutes trip we reach Forte dei Marmi, a famous tourist resort where almost every artist and V.I.P. has a beautiful villa. Haute couture shopping available along the main street. Next stop at Pisa to admire the breathtaking Leaning Tower and other remarkable Pisan buildings in the Field of Miracles.

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    Fırst of all , picking up the bus direkt to mall is the best option to Reach the mall in rignano , the regional train is a sezonda choice if you miss the bus hours , it not very easy to find taxi from The mall to Dolce Gabbana outlet .

    The Mall in rignano was Beyond MY expectations for exaple , the burbery and armanı shopping are full of opportunities .

    İt worths to visit and see the mall and Dolce Gabbana outlets but dont make your Dreams very High .

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