As le bf and I were planning our honeymoon, I knew that there were two places on our itinerary that were non-negotiable – Space and The Mall Designer Outlets. And since I know that a lot of you found my Space (Prada and Miu Miu) Outlet post helpful, here’s another handy guide to shopping at The Mall near Florence.
How to Get There
The Mall is located in Leccio Regello, about 45 minutes (by bus) away from Florence. There are several ways of getting there.
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.
By Train from Florence: Take the train from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station to Rignano Sull’Arno (don’t forget to validate your ticket). Upon arrival, grab a cab, and you should arrive in 5 minutes or so.
By Shuttle Bus: Probably the easiest and most convenient way of getting to The Mall. There is a daily service from Florence to and from The Mall. Visitors can be picked up from centrally located hotels. Shuttle Bus reservations and more information can be gained by contacting the Information Centre. This year, it cost us EUR 5 each way. Tel (+39) 055 8657775 | Fax (+39) 055 8657801 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brands Sold at The Mall…and What About Prada?!
There’s a really great selection of luxury brands available at The Mall. From Alexander McQueen, to YSL, to Balenciaga, to Gucci, to Dior, this outlet carries a lot of premium designers (full list below). Until recently, however, Prada wasn’t one of them…
Well, that’s still the case, however…there’s now a brand new Prada Outlet literally steps away from The Mall (not even two-minute walking distance). This new addition makes it much easier for those Prada-holics that don’t have enough time to visit both Space in Montevarchi and The Mall in Leccio. Now, you can get all of your shopping done at this one convenient location, and not worry about spending extra money and time on traveling from one place to another. However, I must admit, selection at Space in Montevarchi is still much better than at the outlet near The Mall. Some things that I found at Space weren’t available at the Leccio location (and vice versa), so if you’re a hardcore fan of Prada, then perhaps you should visit both.
Additionally, if it’s Dolce and Gabbana deals that you’re after, their factory outlet is a quick taxi ride away from The Mall (about 4 km).
This year, le bf and I got some pretty cool loot from The Mall, including a Burberry trench coat and a Prada dress for me, as well as a Burberry suit for him. I also was very tempted to pick up a leather vest from Balenciaga, and had my size been available, I have no doubt that it would’ve been hanging in my closet right now…but alas, sometimes it’s just not meant to be. Just like with Space and Woodbury, selection at The Mall is very hit and miss, but seeing how there are so many different shops to visit, you should be able to walk away with a few fun finds.
Have you ever shopped at The Mall? Have Florence outlet shopping tips? Share in the comments!
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