Every fashionista worth their weight in shopping bags needs to check out designer outlets in Italy. If you’re a shopaholic like me, then you know I enjoy everything from a good bargain to the best that the biggest names have to offer. Therefore, shopping in Italy is like a dream. The options, the styles, the designers all available in several cities is just fantastic.
Best Fashion Outlets in Italy –
From Milan to Florence, Rome to Venice and Naples, the options and opportunities were almost endless. Plus, the beauty of factory outlets in Italy is that you can get designer items from brands like Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Bottega, Fendi, Armani and many more for up to 70% off.
Here are a few of my favorite factory outlets and high-end designer shops and what you can expect from each including anywhere between 30-70% off the usual cost for local and international designer brands.
The Top Shopping Cities in Italy
First, let’s look at the best cities for shopping. Most cities in Italy are known for great shopping. Just that some are better than others for variety and options. Of the many cities I’ve visited across Italy, I’ve found that the top ones for shopping designer brands are:
In each of these cities you can find all your favorite Italian and international brands. But where the savings came in was visiting the factory outlets often located on the outskirts of these cities.
All these factory outlet villages are easily accessible by shuttles or buses. Or you can rent a car or join a tour for a day of shopping in anyone of these outlet villages that I’ve enjoyed visiting.
Italian Factory Outlets by City
Fashion Factory Outlets in Milan
As the mecca of fashion in Italy, it’s only natural that Milan is home to some of the top designers in the world. The Rectangle of Gold (Quadilatero d’Oro) is the perfect place for high-end shopping.
There is also the famous shopping mall, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which houses top brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. But, on the outskirts of Milan are the many factory outlet villages which draw thousands of visitors to Milan each year.
The Serravalle Designer Outlet located about 50 minutes from Milan city centre. It surrounded by the Piedmont countryside and Ligurian Rivera. With over 300 designer stores offering discounts between 30-70% year-round on designer brands. As the largest designer outlet in Europe, they have just around 300 high-end brands including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Jimmy Choo. Despite being about 50 minutes from the city of Milan, it’s easy to get to because of their shuttle service to the outlet.
Closer than Serravalle is the highly popular Vicolungo The Style Outlets at just 30 minutes from the city. It is a stylishly beautiful shopping village with 147 stores and brands like Armani, Guess, Gap and more. In 2010, it won the 2009 Beat European Outlet award, so you know you’re in for a treat.
Another option just an hour outside of Milan is the Franciacorta Outlet Village, another one of the popular outlet centers in Italy. It has over 160 stores with brands like Pinko, Calvin Klein, Pollini, Nike, Adidas calling it home and offering up to 70% discount on items. With its many cafés and restaurants, one can make a day out of it either on their own using round-trip shuttles or as part of a guided tour from Milan.
Shops in the Fidenza Outlet Village offer almost the same exclusive appeal as their counterparts in the heart of Milan. This factory outlet village is an hour’s drive outside of Milan and is home to brands like Valentino, La Perla, and many more. Like all the shopping villages on the outskirts of Milan, this one is easy to get to with the many return trip buses leaving from the city.
Fashion Factory Outlets in Florence
There are several outlets and factory stores for high-end designer brands on the outskirts of Florence. One of the more famous ones is the colorful Barberino Designer Outlet located in the Mugello valley. A roughly 40-minute drive to get to from Florence, it houses 121 stores including Italian and international brands like Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Prada. It is one of the shopping villages owned by the McArthur Glen Group which has several factory outlets throughout Italy.
Southeast of Florence and just on the edge of Tuscany is the Valdichiana Outlet Village. This outlet has over 140 stores including designers like Bottega, Gaudì, Timberland, Nike, Zuiki. Shopping at Valdichiana Outlet Village also means discounts year-round and even additional sales that give further discounts.
Then there is The Mall Firenze which is another popular luxury outlet centre with the world’s most exclusive designers at ridiculously fabulous prices. Set in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, its just a 30-minute drive away from the city centre of Florence. Over 40 luxury stores covering fashion, fragrance and footwear. From Gucci, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce&Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Chloe and more. All with discounts of up to 70%. There is also the Gucci cafe in the Gucci store if you want to take a little break from retail therapy.
Fashion Factory Outlets in Rome
In Rome, the primary shopping districts are in Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps. Here, I enjoyed the variety of famous designers from all over the world in high-end boutiques. But, for discounts it’s best to take a trip out to the Castel Romano Designer Outlet. With brands like Fratelli Rossetti, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana it’s hard not to spend an entire day shopping.
Fashion Factory Outlets in Venice
Venice is not to be left out with the Noventa Di Piave Designer Village located on the Venetian Riviera. Convenient shuttle service takes less than an hour to get to this village.
There is an array of choices with more than 140 stores from Italian and international brands like Gucci, Prada, etc. Also close to Venice is the Palmanova Outlet Village. Here are stores for Bottega del Sarto, Calvin Klein, and many others.
Fashion Factory Outlets in Naples
Another one of the McAthur Glen outlets is the La Reggia Designer Outlet located in Campania. Just 30 minutes outside of the capital of Naples, it has over 100 stores like Armani, Adidas, and more from international and local designers.
How To Get To The Outlets
Most of the cities above will have dedicated shuttles leaving from the main city centres, usually near the train station going to the outlets. Prices for the shuttles range from free to about 20 Euros for return journeys. I have lined to a couple of tours in the post from GYG but there is also a variety of Italian Outlet Shopping Tours on Viator too.
So, like me you love a good bargain, you will not be short of options for high-end shopping in Italy.
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