If you're planning on travelling to Tuscany in Italy, make sure to stop by the region's great designer outlets. I've been to outlets before, but so far no one beats these hidden pearls.
Far out on the Tuscan countryside, you'll find this luxury outlet mall. The Mall consists of several shops worth visiting if you are a bargain hunter like me. The Gucci outlet is by far the largest, but also YSL, Valentino, Sergio Rossi, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Marni, Stella McCartney, and La Perla is worth browsing through.
Prices are relatively low - with savings up to 75% off retail price. I was lucky to visit during the sale season, which meant further reductions on selected items.
How to get there:
Via Europa 8, localita Leccio, 50066 Regello.
18 km south from Florence.
Prada Factory Outlet
This is indeed an upper class factory outlet! Here you'll find a wide assortment of Prada's collections including clothing (men and women), shoes, accessories, and last but least hand bags...
A small selection of Miu Miu, Helmuth Lang and Church shoes are also represented - if you're lucky. I was happy to find a really nice planner in soft leather for just 50 euros. That's a real bargain!
Pellettieri d'Italia, Localita' Levanella, 68A, 52025 Montevarchi.
35 km south from Florence along A1
Call +39 055 9789188 for directions and information about opening hours.