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Shopping Italy's Outlets

Dreamed up as a means to satisfy those on a budget and with a taste for those covetable Made in Italy labels, Italy’s outlet “villages” are an accessible and fun one way to shop a range of designers and brands in one place. Usually arranged as outdoor malls, they offer shoppers significant markdowns on clothing, accessories, and even tech goods and furnishings/décor; and they usually sprawl just off the outskirts of art cities and touristic destinations like Rome and Florence.
Valdichiana Village - Photo by www.valdichianaoutlet.itOutlet consumer numbers continue to grow, and the fact that shuttle services can easily transport tourists with a few hours to spare doesn't hurt. Italy’s first outlet shopping centers rose up in 2,000, and today the Bel Paese is second in Europe in both turnover and size: 22 outlets cover over 107,600 sq ft in surface area.

Although the outlet may have initially targeted female consumers, today’s outlet shoppers are rather diverse: families, friends, and couples can stroll the village “streets” while they browse for their latest wants and needs, and take a break with refreshment at one of several restaurants and fast food shops.

Tourists on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia will find the local Outlet Village in various locations, some near resorts, some equipped with camper parking/rest areas. Outlets in other Regions appeal to those who want to alternate shopping with experiencing the local enogastronomic scene – in the case of the outlets in the Tuscan hills, in Lombardy's Franciacorta region, and near Piedmont's Langhe zone.

And options for fun definitely expand once in Emilia Romagna. Of course there’s the shopping, along with the beach, and amusement and waterparks. But if you find the beauty and tranquility of the mountains more appealing, you can choose from outlets in Piedmont, Friuli Venezia Giulia or Veneto.
Increasingly, outlets around Italy continue to grow into something more, recreating themselves as destinations for entertainment – they throw parties, days revolving around special themes, and a slew of other events, and all for free!

It is now not so odd for outlet-goers to happen upon concerts, variety shows, permanent art exhibits, fashion shows, floral expositions, and numerous other ways to engage adults and children alike.

Just about every outlet in Italy offers a kids' play section, while some locations might even boast mini-golf, cooking exhibitions, relaxation areas and wi-fi, and personal shoppers. And all the Italian outlets are pet-friendly

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That on average, discounts range from 30% al 50%, depending on the outlet and time of year. Sales season (January and July) sees even further reductions. 

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Italy's Outlet Villages

Abruzzo: Città Sant'Angelo Village
Campania: La Reggia Designer Outlet; Cilento Outlet Village
Emilia-Romagna: Castel Guelfo The Style Outlets; Fidenza Village
Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Palmanova Outlet Village
Lazio: Castel Romano Designer Outlet; Soratte Outlet Shopping; Valmontone oOutlet
Lombardy: Franciacorta Outlet Village; Mantova Outlet; Segrate Outlet Village
Piedmont: Mondovicino Outlet Village; Vicolungo The Style Outlets; Serravalle Designer Outlet
Apulia: Molfetta Outlet
Sardinia: Sardinia Outlet Village
Sicily: Sicilia Outlet Village
Tuscany: Barberino Designer Outlet; The Mall; Valdichiana Outlet Village
Veneto: Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet

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