While I revel in writing about Renaissance art, medieval villages, and Ancient Rome on this site, I know that one reason visitors come to Italofile is for information about shopping — in particular, outlet shopping.
This post is based on Corriere della Sera’s list of the fashion outlets, which mentions mostly standalone outlet shops, all of which are located in northern Italy and in Italian-speaking Switzerland. Many of those stores now have branches in the outlet centers listed below. I have added details about outlets in Lazio (i.e., outside of Rome) and elsewhere in central and southern Italy.
Please note that I have not had a chance to vet all of these outlets. This is not a complete list. So I advise you to do some extra research before making your itinerary. And also stay tuned for more updates!
McArthur Glen Serravalle was the first and is the largest all-in-one outlet mall accessible from Italy’s fashion capital of Milan. Seravalle Outlet has more than 300 designer brands under its roof, and you can find discounts on last season’s hottest styles from Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Fratelli Rossetti, La Perla, Bulgari, Nike, and more.
Franciacorta Outlet Village, also known as the Land of Fashion, is an elegantly designed shopping destination where you can find up to 70 percent discounts on items from Adidas, Nike, Puma, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Pinko, Boggi Milano, Romeo Gigli, Geox, K Way, and many more. In October 2018, the outlet village completed an expansion of 5,000 square meters, adding 30 new retail stores, a children’s play area, and a regional tourism information center.
Franciacorta Outlet Village is near a beautiful area, the wine region of Franciacorta, an itinerary in itself. If you’re just in the mood to shop shop shop, the mall offers a daily shopping shuttle, picking up from Largo Cairoli in Milan and departing Franciacorta in the evening at 6:30. Yet another shuttle, departing at 2 and returning in time to catch the Milan shuttle, takes guests on a local wine tour. What a great way to integrate some local history and culture into a shopping outing!
Vicolungo The Style Outlets house 150 stores in a pavilion 30 minutes outside of Milan in the Piemontese province of Novara. Brands here include favorite sportswear brands – Adidas, Puma, Vans – and other Italian favorites like Colmar, Intimissimi, Iceberg, Twin-Set, Liu Jo Uomo, and more. Armani Outlet and Missoni are also here.
The Mall Luxury Outlets offers, as the name implies, one of the more luxurious outlet experiences in Italy. Here you can find significant discounts on famous names like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Chopard, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Givenchy, Gucci, Valentino, and Versace. The Mall’s Shuttle Service must be reserved, but it will pick you up at your hotel in Florence. Ask your concierge for assistance.
Space, in Montevarchi near Arezzo (Tuscany), is dedicated to selling last season’s clothing, shoes, and accessories from Prada and Miu Miu.
Spaccio Della Valle is the factory outlet for Tod’s and Hogan, which are manufactured here in Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche.
Castel Romano is another McArthur Glen-owned property featuring designer looks at deep discounts. There are 150 stores here, including Camper, Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gallo, Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, and Moschino. Rome brands David Saddler and Valentino are also here. Castel Romano is in the area south of Rome known as the Castelli Romani and has a shuttle bus at Termini Station.
Valmontone Outlet, also south of Rome, is a 180-store outlet popular with Romans and Neapolitans as the shopping center is located on the A-1 about halfway between the two cities. Shoppers come here for brands such as the AS Roma Store, the Lazio Store, Empresa, Gattinoni, Sandro Ferrone, and Trussardi. Like most outlets, Valmontone has a shuttle. However, it is available only from Rome.
Head over the border to get tax-free deals in Switzerland.
FoxTown Factory Stores is an outlet center in a post-modern building 15km across the Swiss-Italian border. There are more than 140 top Italian and international brands, including 1a Classe, Coach, Coccinelle, Dolce & Gabbana, Furla, Gucci, Jil Sander, La Perla, Maje, Michael Kors, Missoni, Prada, Superga, Valentino, and Zadig & Voltaire. One of the best ways to reach FoxTown is by train, as the outlet offers discounts through its Green Pass initiative. This being Switzerland, the train is punctual and accessible, being only a two-minute walk from the Mendrisio San Martino stop.
For a more updated list of where to shop, with detailed descriptions of outlets and boutiques, check out Suzy Gershman’s Born to Shop Italy.
There are a ton of websites for learning more about outlet shopping in Italy, from search/review sites to niche blogs. A helpful site is Factory Outlet Shopping Italy, which lets you search by region or brand.
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This post was last modified on 16 July 2019 7:09 pm
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