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Jun 21, 2012

FASHION VOGUE MODA: LUXURY SHOPPING IN FLORENCE AND OUTLET NEAR THE CITY



Florence is the Italian capital of Renaissance art, beauty and, of course, moda. So, visiting Florence don't miss a walk around the several high fashion boutiques that you can find everywhere in the city center.

Here I'll give you suggestions about the best places to go for shopping or just for a shop windows tour (click here for the map). Also you'll find informations about haute couture outlets near Florence and how to reach them.



















Twice a year in Florence there is the fashion week Pitti Immagine, during those days (mid January and mid June), great names in international fashion come to Pitti Uomo to present special projects and new collections, movie stars come from everywhere to support firms, and the shop windows change their image.




The main street of fashion shops in Florence is Via de' Tornabuoni (and all the area around). Here are luxury shops and boutiques of famous designers, as well as magnificent jewelry shops: Gucci, Prada, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Bulgari, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, just to name a few.




The street is named after the Tornabuoni family which is one of the oldest and most recognized families of Florence. In a rafinated atmosphere, the road also hosts many posh hotels, restaurants, clubs and cafes. 














In Via de' Tornabuoni is also the Ferragamo Museum, a place to discover history of fashion and design with different exhibitions during the year: for instance the one about Marilin Monroe and her Ferragamo's shoes.





The entire zone is full of amazing shops and beautiful clothes. Just pass Piazza della Repubblica, going to the Duomo, you'll reach the most important and renowned luxury shop in Florence: Luisa Via Roma. It’s a fabulous multi-brand boutique that carries an incredible, diverse range of international designers, such as Alexander McQueen, Dior, Dsquared2, Richmond, Tim Camino, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Costume National, Frankie Morello.

Perhaps, after seeing some windows you can not resist the temptation to buy something. Perhaps, after seeing some windows you can not resist the temptation to buy something. And it's not true that nobody can afford to buy a nice dress or a shirt well designed. Just to know where. If prices seem too high, what you have to do is follow the instructions to get some outlets near florence.




The Mall houses about 20 designer boutiques including top names like Burberry, Dior, Prada, Gucci, Tods, Ferragamo, McQueen and so on. You can have lunch there 
in a restaurant or take a drink in the café.
Opening times
Monday - Sunday: 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Info: (+39) 055 8657775
Email info@themall.it
By bus
Better way to reach it is by bus from SITA located in Via Santa Caterina da Siena 17, close to the central train station (click here to see the map - geen sign).

Single ticket 5.00 euro.
From Florence to The Mall
(Mon-Sun, including holidays):
8.50; 9.10; 10.00; 11.00; 12.30; 14.00; 15.00; 16.00; 17.00; 18.00
From The Mall to Florence
(Mon-Sun, including holidays):
10.05; 10.30; 13.00; 14.00; 15.00; 16.00; 17.00; 18.00; 19.00; 19.30
By car 

From Florence
Take the A1 motorway towards Rome and the exit marked “Incisa-Reggello”. Follow the road on the right towards Pontassieve until reaching Leccio. Soon after passing Leccio, The Mall will be on the Left.
For Satellite Navigation, input following address to system:
Via Europa 8
50066 Leccio Reggello
Florence, Italy
GPS coordinates
Latitude: N 43° 42.130'
Longitude: E 011° 27.804'
By train + taxi
Take the train from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station to Rignano Sull’Arno. Upon arrival, continue journey by readily available taxi (5 minutes).



Barberino Designer Outlet is a village with more than 100 designer brand stores (such as Bottega Verde, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Calvin Klein, Carlo Pignatelli, Dolce&Gabbana, Fornarina, Furla, Gas, Levi's, Missoni, Parah, Pinko, Puma). A pleasant outdoor walk and the greatest outlet realized in Tuscany.
Opening times
Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 8 pm.
Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm.
On Mondays open from 2 pm to 8 pm (only from June to September, in December and in January; closed from February to May, in October and in November).
By shuttle bus
From Florence to the outlet
Departure from Florence, S. Maria Novella railway station (in front of Bata store),
1st run: 10.00 am arrival at the Outlet at 10.40 am
2nd run: 2.30 pm arrival at the Outlet at 3.10 am
From outlet to Florence
Departure from the Outlet
1st run: at 1.30 pm arrival in Florence at 2.10 pm
2nd run: at 6.00 pm arrival in Florence at 6.40 pm
Return tickets
Adults: 15 euro
Age 14 to 16: 8 euro
Children under 14 free
The tickets can be purchased directly on the bus.
Info: +39 055.842161
By car
1. From Florence: A1 Florence – Bologna section, Barberino di Mugello exit
2. From Florence: take state highway Bolognese SS65, continue to Fiesole, follow directions for San Piero a Sieve/Barberino di Mugello.
For Satellite Navigation
Via Meucci
50031 Barberino di Mugello (FI)
Italy



Prada Outlet
Vast range of articles, including those of the latest collections. You can also find: Helmut Lang; Miu Miu; Jil Sander.
MAP
Address:
Via Levanella Becorpi
Località Levanella S.S. 69
Montevarchi, Italia
Info: (+39)05591901 or (+39)055 9789481
Opening times
Monday - Friday: 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Saturday : 9,30.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Sundays: 2.00 p.m.- 7.00 p.m.

By train + taxi
Take the train from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station to Montevarchi. Upon arrival, continue journey by readily available taxi (you can easly share it with other visitors).
By car
From Florence
Take the A1 motorway towards Rome and the exit marked “Valdarno”. Then take direction to Arezzo and, passed Montevarchi follow signs to Levanella.


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