In Italy this shopping season starts the 4th January. It lasts about two months and people flock to the outlet villages to seize occasions to buy something special while spending the less.
Indeed, where you could find extra sales on stuff already priced down are the outlets villages. I am going to tell you about four of them, which are the most popular and the busiest ones within the country.
This outlet, in Noventa di Piave, is located 40 km from Venice. If you are in the Doge's city you can get there by catching the daily shuttle service departing from Tronchetto (near the cruises' docks) everyday. The return ticket cost € 15.
The mall offers a wide range of brand clothes, which, for personal experience and word of mouth are frankly still quite expensive. Mom and a cousin of mine have found reasonable and affordable price for wallets by Valentino and Braccialini
. Desigual, Golden Lady, Pinko, United Colors of Benetton have a good style for teenagers and adults a nice price.
Il Gufo is a smart casual shop for babies and kids.
This outlet located close to Florence, is already advertising some discounts up to 50% on the website. You can reach it with the red coach service departing everyday (except 31 December) in front of Santa Maria Novella railway station stop. The ticket price is 15 euro as well.
The shuttle service is popular and comfortable, especially when you are visiting International cities. When I was in Florence, I gave information to a group of Chinese people aiming to get there
There are some of the brands of Noventa's, others less and others more.
Bergamo is the city of Oriocenter, one of the biggest two-storey shopping mall ever opened in Italy in the latest fifteen years. It is a kind of Westfield to Italians, and it is located in front of Orio al Serio Airport and connected to the Bergamo railway station by a bus line, the 1C of ATB
If you can take the chance to go shopping there, the vast choices of brands will involve yourself easily all day long.
Moreover, Bergamo is 50km distant from Milan and it is a place rich in art and culture. It is one of the five cities in Italy (with Lucca, Ferrara, Padua and Grosseto) that still maintains the old walls typical of the fortresses.
Crossroads of different cultures (Slavic, Austrian, German and Russian), Palamanova Outlet Village is gaining notoriety year by year. Itis a place of competitions and extra sales previews, as well as having partnerships with touring clubs and Alitalia airline company.
Always open, 10 - 8 PM
It has 90 brands, of which two are my favourite: Stefanel and Caleffi. I bought a purple double quilt from Caleffi for just € 100 and it was one of my best purchases, as it is so warm and soft at the same time.
If you are hungry have a go at Spizzico: good pizza and meals.