Mazzaforte makes a surprisingly good base for acquisitive fashionistas.  
Milano and Roma may well be Italy's twin capitals for swanky boutiques,
but if you're looking for some amazing bargains on top designer labels,
some of the specialist outlet stores and malls in the surrounding area are
among the best in the country.  We are not talking shoddy seconds and
minimal discounts here; on offer is top quality merchandise made in local
factories, discounted by between 40-60% - there are some serious
bargains to be had.

For the truly dedicated shopper who wants to research all of the options in
advance of arriving in Italy, there is no substitute for acquiring a copy of
"Lo Scopprioccasioni" - "Designer Bargains in Italy".  This is the
must have
guide to the best outlets throughout the country and includes detailed
maps showing how to get to them.

Lo Scoppri Occasioni
Published by Editoriale Shopping Italia  S.R.L.
Casella Postale 263
20120 Milano (MI)
ISBN 88-86132-05-0

You will find a copy of this critical, bilingual tome at Mazzaforte, plus other
maps and guides to nearby outlets.

Closest to the house, there is a big purpose-built outlet village at
Valdichiana, part-way between Cortona and Arezzo.  This is about forty
minutes away by car.  If you check out the website -
valdichiana - you can
see the extensive range of designer outlets.  

Slightly closer to Arezzo is I Pellettieri d'Italia - Prada, situated at; Localita
Levanella, 52025 Montevarchi (AR).  This huge outlet is open seven days a
week, but it's best to avoid going there at the weekend or on any public
holiday, because it gets very crowded.

Down the road from Montevarchi is: The Mall. Via Europa 8, 50060 Leccio,
Regello, Firenze. Here you will find Agnona, Alexander McQueen, Armani
Jeans, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Emanuel Ungaro,
Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hogan, I Pinco Pallino, La
Perla, Loro Piana, Marni, Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Stella
McCartney, Tod's, Valentino, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent.  
The Mall is open from 9.00am until 6.00pm Monday to Saturday.
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