When you’ve got Italian designers on the brain, but can’t burn more on that purse than you did on your flight over here, there’s a solution: Italy’s outlet malls. Outlet shopping malls are scattered throughout Italy, many of them on the outskirts of big cities like Florence, Milan and Rome. They can be a little bit of a hike to get to, so they’re not the most time-effective thing to do.
However, if your vacation does not take you to any of the places we mention, don’t worry. Almost every reasonable sized city in Italy has some kind of outlet mall, an idea from the USA that the country has embraced wholeheartedly.
To get there from Florence: By car (30 mins), take the A1 motorway toward Rome and take the exit marked Incisa; stay right until Leccio, and after passing the center, you’ll see The Mall on the left.
By train (35 mins + 5 mins taxi), take the train from Santa Maria Novella to Rignano sull’Arno, then grab a taxi.
By public bus: Take the Florence SITA bus from Via Santa Caterina da Siena 17, near the train station.