Hunting for fashion bargains is an experience not to be missed; if you’re doing it in Italy, the pleasure is double! However, you’d better be prepared: there are a lot of outlets around but these are the right ones!
For those who don’t want move a lot and go out of town, I suggest a break in the fashion district of Milan, in Via Montenapoleone. Yes, that’s right. In the very heart of fashion, among the city’s luxurious shop windows and limited edition collections, there is a small but extremely well-supplied stock house: D Magazine where you can find the creations of the world's most famous brands, from Armani to Prada, from Versace to Alberta Ferretti. But also end of this season’s shoes and accessories!
However, if you want to spend a day dedicated to shopping, the right place is Fidenza Village. An hour from Milan by car or with the Shopping Express bus service which always leaves from Milan, it’s a real in-fashion village among creations by Armani, Braccialini, Blumarine, Fratelli Rossetti, Missoni, Valentino and Trussardi. A bargain shopping hunt that is quite challenging, so the outlet also offers a personal stylist. Just send an email to PersonalStylist@FidenzaVillage.com or call +39 0524 33551. A cute idea given the amount of clothes and accessories and the limited time available!
The middle way, in terms of miles, is Luxury Mall in San Giuliano Milanese, inside Fashion City. An area of 400 square metres, which displays brands such as Piacenza Cashmere, Valentino, Gianfranco Ferrè, Just Cavalli, Cavalli, Parah and Moschino.
Staying in northern Italy, but getting closer to Venice (only 30 km away), I suggest you make a "long" hop to Outlet Village in Noventa di Piave. The largest and most important in the Veneto region, with over 100 shops including flagship and multi-brand stores.
Continuing our Italian journey, we come to The Mall in Florence. A city of luxury, well-connected to the city centre and easily accessible by car. Here, the quality is very high and bargains are not lacking. In fact, there are brands like Bottega Veneta, Emilio Pucci, Zegna, Fendi, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and for accessories Tod's and Sergio Rossi. It will take time and I'm sure you’ll come back again!
The tour ends with what is called the "Temple of Roman shopping": the Village Castel Romano outlet, just 25 km from the centre of Rome. Even here, it can be reached using the shuttle service. It offers more than 110 shops and is the most visited outlet in the Lazio region.
At this point, all I can say is “happy shopping”!