The Mall Designer Outlet in Firenze is an open-air luxury outlet Mall located located in the small town of Leccio (Tuscany), just 35 km away from Firenze city. It offers high-end fashion brands at discounted prices, making it a popular destination for fashion-conscious travelers.
The mall features more than 40 stores, including Gucci, Prada, Burberry, Alexander McQueen, and many others. You can find clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories for men, women, and children. Several of the brands even had their own large building, such as Prada, Gucci, Moncler, and Michael Kors. This is indeed THE mall to visit in Italy if you’re looking for great bargains. Did I sound ELATED yet?
I found that The Mall here was much bigger than Bicester FO in the UK. Some stores were located quite far from each other and you will need a car to get to places quicker. I could easily spend a day here if I have all the money in the world. So if you have limited time you need to plan ahead which store you want to visit and stick to the plan. The recommendations of stores to visit are Italian designer brands such as Prada, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tods, Armani, Zegna, Valentino, Versace, Fendi, Dolce&Gabana and many more.
The mall also offers a range of other services, such as tax-free shopping, a restaurant, a cafe, and a car rental service. The architecture of the mall is designed to blend in with the surrounding Tuscan countryside, and the outdoor spaces feature beautiful landscaping and fountains. The mall is open every day from 10 am to 7 pm, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
In addition to shopping, the mall also hosts events throughout the year, such as fashion shows, art exhibitions, and live music performances. The mall offers shuttle services from Florence, making it easy to reach even if you don’t have a car.
How to get to the Mall
By Car: The mall is located about 30 minutes outside of Florence, and it’s easily accessible by car. You can take the A1 highway towards Rome and exit at Incisa. From there, follow the signs for The Mall.
By Shuttle Bus: The mall offers a shuttle bus service from Florence. The bus departs from Piazza Stazione near the Santa Maria Novella train station, and it runs several times a day. You can check the schedule and purchase tickets online or at the mall’s ticket office.
By Taxi: You can take a taxi from Florence to the mall. The trip takes about 30 minutes, and the fare can vary depending on the time of day and the number of passengers.
By Public Transportation: You can also take a combination of train and bus to get to the mall. Take the train from Florence to Figline Valdarno, and then take the bus to The Mall. The bus stop is located right outside the mall’s entrance.
Taking the shuttle bus or driving a car are the most convenient options to reach The Mall Designer Outlet in Firenze, as they offer more flexibility and are more direct than taking public transportation. If you followed our trip story in Italy, Hubbie has joined us back today on our day 3 in Tuscany. We took the bus to Firenze and met with him at the train station where we then pick up our rental car and drive to the Mall.
If you are going to apply to for Tax refund, here’s what you need to know
The Mall also had a VAT refund lounge, open until 7.30pm. However if you are leaving Italy by train to Switzerland and flying home from Switzerland you can not get your refund from that lounge as you need to submit your form at the Italy border.
I was not aware that Switzerland is not part of EU so I could not get my custom stamp there for my purchase in Italy. Instead, because I am going to Switzerland by train I have to get the stamp in either (1) Chiassi or (2) Domodossola. Don’t make the same mistake as I did. If you planned to shop in Italy and leaving Italy by train to Swiss, you need to break your train journey in Chiassi or Domodossola. Get a stamp there and then take the train to Swiss.
I hope our tips help. Enjoy shopping!