Italian style is famous the world over, and one of the most recognized fashion labels from Italy is Prada. To find this popular designer’s chic bags, shoes, and clothing at discounts of up to 50 percent off retail prices, head to the large Prada outlet (aka Space) just outside of Florence.
The Prada outlet stocks the luxe brand’s clothing, cosmetics, shoes, and bags for men, women, and children as well as with fashion and accessories by Miu Miu. Expect to find deep discounts on the entire stock, which focuses on classic looks from this trendy label.
The best way to visit Space is by joining a shopping tour from Florence so you can concentrate on browsing without having to worry about transportation. Many shopping tours also include a stop at the nearby Gucci outlet or the Mall, an outlet center hosting a number of Italian and international labels including Armani, Pucci, Fendi, Burberry, and La Perla.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Prada outlet is a must for luxury-brand lovers and shopaholics.
Only 200 customers are allowed inside the store at one time, so you must get a numbered ticket from the automatic machine next to the front door to enter.
Credit cards and cash in a number of currencies are accepted.
Space’s café serves drinks and light snacks.
The outlet is entirely accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Space is outside Montevarchi, about 31 miles (50 kilometers) south of Florence. Take the train to the Montevarchi train station and then take a taxi to the outlet. Alternatively, join a shopping tour that includes transportation from Florence.
When to Get There
The Prada outlet is open from 10:30am to 8pm Sunday to Friday, and from 9:30am on Saturday; last entrance is at 7:30pm. It can be very crowded on weekends and holidays, so visit during the weekdays. Shop during Italy’s two sale seasons—beginning January 1 and July 1—for even better bargains.
Shop ‘Til You Drop at the Mall
Just a short drive from the Prada outlet, the Mall is one of Tuscany’s most famous outlet shopping centers, with dedicated stores selling luxury fashions and accessories from some of the most famous designer labels. The Mall also includes a Gucci-brand restaurant as well as bus and shuttle services from Florence.