For me a good vacation is a fine balance between culture, good food and shopping. If one is missing it doesn’t feel right. The only exception is a beach vacation where I don’t expect any shopping. Luckily my two travel mates are also avid shoppers so dedicating a full day to outlet shopping in Florence was an easy decision.
The Mall outlet was located in Leccio, a province in Florence. We were able to hire a car and driver for €140 a whole day’s shopping and extra tour at the end of the day. The other options were taking a cab, bus or train but time and convenience was the most important to us so a private car was the best albeit most expensive option. The outlet was about 30 minutes drive from our B&B.
The Mall was an outdoor outlet with a lot of high end name brands Dior, Gucci, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Tod’s and many more. We didn’t go in to all the stores just to the brands we liked and hoped to find good deals.
I was so disappointed that Bottega Veneta was closed for inventory that day. Balenciaga and YSL was soooo disappointing with their stocks. They didn’t carry any of their classic bags which I hoped to buy.
There was a restaurant and cafe on site.
I was so deliriously happy to find a Lindt store at The Mall. I never ever read about it’s existence when I was doing research. You can bet it was the first store Sharon and I went to. Skinny Rochelle went straight to the stores.
I bought these 72% dark chocolate squares (top) and the cremosi arancia which was dark chocolate with orange filling. Both were so good and I’ve never seen them outside this store. The sales person was kind enough to let me try some samples before buying and it saved me from buying some that were too sweet.
These Lindt Creation bars were also so tempting!
Lindt Creation bars
Lindt Mozart Collection and Lindor truffles
We were successful at Marni, Gucci and Tod’s. We got some good bargains with sunglasses, wallets, bags and shoes. The most expensive thing I bought was a Gucci bag for my mom €300. Everything else was below €200 so I think we got good deals. We were fast shoppers too spending only two hours at The Mall.
After The Mall our driver brought us to lunch (separate post) then we went to Space Outlet which was another 40 minutes drive from the restaurant. Space Outlet carried the brands Prada, Miu Miu, Helmut Lang, Jill Sander, Prada Sport and Church.
As soon as we arrived we were given a number each. Do not lose this number because this will be used to identify your purchases when you pay at the counter. I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures inside but we were all able to buy something. The leather wallets were a nice and a good deal.
If you want more information on how to go to these outlets by cab, bus or train check out this site.
Via Europa 8, 50066 Leccio Reggello (FI) Italia
telephone: 055 8657775
Monday – Sunday 10AM-7PM
Strada Statale 69, Levanella Spacceo Montevarchi, Tuscany, Italy
Tel: 055 91901
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday