If you’re keen on Italian designer clothes but aren’t so keen on the price tags then, good news, outlet shopping villages are popping up all over Italy to cater exactly for your needs. Find your perfect fit with a day trip from most of the major cities to one of these villages, where designer labels, beauty brands and home wares and crafts are all sold with large discounts off their retail price. These villages also have restaurants; entertainment centres and play areas for children, making them the perfect day out for all.
Here are our favourite outlet shopping villages in Italy…
Serravalle Designer Outlet
Italy’s original designer outlet, McArthurGlen Serravalle is located 50 minutes to the south of Milan, with numerous shuttles and cars leaving daily. The gargantuan space is dedicated to the very best in designer fashion. Created in the style of a traditional Italian village, the malls circular layout means it is easy to navigate. Window shop along the tree-lined pedestrian streets and browse in one of 200 stores to stock up on labels such as Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Prada and Burberry, who offer a discount of up to 70%. In selected stores you can obtain an extra 10% off with the provided Serravalle card.
Vicolungo The Style Outlet
At this outlet mall in a northwestern province from Milan, 150 stores offer a wide selection of high street fashion and sportswear. Enjoy light meals and drinks at cafés, ice-cream shops, bistro and fast food venues. Shuttles run between the outlet and Milan. Info tel. +39 0321 835 032
The Armani Outlet
Located in Vertemate con Minoprio, between Milan and Como, this outlet offers a fine selection of products from the Armani world, often with very attractive discounts. It’s relatively unfamiliar, and you need transport to get there, but it’s well worth the effort.
Foxtown Factory Stores
The self-proclaimed temple of luxury and elegance is a haven of Milanese style, holding over 160 of the most prestigious brands for men, women and children’s clothing, sportswear, accessories and home wares. Located just over the Swiss border, FoxTown has three kilometres of shop windows to browse, a multitude of restaurants and bars, with stores including Gucci, Prada, Armani, Prada and Tod’s, offering factory prices on all their previous seasons and further discounts on samples and ex-fashion week garments. Shuttle services are provided from Milan, Malpensa and Linate Airports.
Though this Tuscan destination, part of the Chic Outlet Shopping outlets, is over 100 km from Milan, its offering of international brands attracts curious shoppers. Fidenza's chauffeured transport, hands-free shopping, frequent flyer programmes and many other services specially cater to tourists seeking a breezy experience.
Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet
At McArthurGlen Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet over 130 boutiques are just 30 minutes away from Venice. Inspired by Venetian squares, the village makes for pleasurable shopping experience. This outlet also has a personal shopper on hand to help you nail that elusive Italian style. Shuttles to and from Venice.
Barberino Designer Outlet
You can enjoy the sunshine at this outlet, which is landscaped much like a Tuscan estate, just half an hour’s drive from Florence. Discounts available for pre-booked groups of eight or more.
Castel Romano Designer Outlet
This extensive McArthurGlen outlet location, which is only 20 minutes from the Eternal City, boasts more than 140 stores. After shopping you can also reward your tired feet with express pampering at the Beauty Centre, or have your new purchases perfected by the outlet's own garment alteration service.
La Reggia Designer Outlet
Only 20 minutes from Naples and easily reachable from Pompeii, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, the Campania region's first outlet mall by McArthurGlen will not disappoint with more than 130 boutiques to choose from.