Shopping and outlets in Tuscany of high fashion

Shopping in Tuscany

Tuscany is known for its leather goods and crystal, terra cotta and lace, but few realize that it is also home to Prada, Gucci, Armani, Fendi, and other factory outlets.

Italian factory outlets, the MonteVarchi and Incisa Spacci are like none you have seen before. With Gucci, Armani, Bottega Veneto, Prada, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana heading the lists, these stores offer the real thing at ridiculous discounts along with a suitably designer environment and good service.

Whether you like bargains or souvenirs, art or antiques, these guides will help you avoid the run of the mill. With discounts often exceeding 50% of retail, a day in the shops could pay for your whole tripHow can so many Italians afford to be dressed always in Prada and Gucci? Simple.

1) They only have a few outfits which they wear often, and...

2) They own a little book called Lo Scoprioccassioni (Italian language version) or designer bargains in Italy. One of the best kept secrets in Italy, this book is a road map to the best shopping treasures in Italy, North and South, and is available in all major book stores through out Italy In English or Bilingual editions.

‘Lo Scopri Occasioni’

Published by Editoriale Shopping Italaia S.R.L.

Casella Postale 263 - 20120 Milano (MI)

Tel: 02 706 34605 - Fax: 02 706 38088

Email: info@scoprioccasioni.it

ISBN 88-86132-05-0

 

Frequently asked questions about the outlets

 

Will they have the particular things I am looking for?

Out let shopping is hit and miss. You could luck out big time, you might not find a thing to buy, you might find some thing you'd never thought of. Nothing is certain. Even the staff at the out let cannot be sure from day to day what stock they will have.

 

Can certain things be sent to me?

Sending this type of merchandise abroad would breach all trade agreements and undercut the flagship stores. If you want out let prices, you must make the effort to go to the out let.

 

Will the staff at the outlet speak English?

Yes, they will also know all international sizing.

 

For outlet shopping, which is the most convenient airport to fly into?

The closest airports to the Prada and Gucci out lets are, in order; Florence, Pisa, Rome.

 

Can I get there by public transport?

Getting around by public transport is possible but not optimum. Take a train from Florence or Arezzo to Montevarchi. From there take a taxi to the out lets. You may want to ask it to wait for you whilst you shop or arrange for the same taxi to return for you at a fixed time as the outlets are all in quite remote areas.

 

What is the best way to hire a car?

We can help you with car hire, click here for more information http://www.intuscany.net/guides/car_rental.htm

 

Is a decent hotel near by to stay in and for a reasonable price?

The outlets are so close to Florence that it is best to stay in town. After all you will need a chic restaurant to wear your new gear to that evening.

For accommodation in Florence we suggest Antica Torre Tournabuoni 1: http://www.intuscany.net/hotels/tornabuoni.htm. Right on via Tournabuoni you can check out the retail stores for what’s current and hot before hitting the out lets. The manager there can also arrange a chauffeur driven car to take you there and bring you back. The out lets are about 30 minutes from Florence by car or taxi.

 

What about the sales in regular stores?

During sale periods (Early January and early July onwards) the bargains in the stores are almost as good as in the out lets. The out lets never have sales.

 

What about outlets in other parts of Italy?

We have visited very good outlets near Como lake (Armani, Fendi, Iceberg) and Lago Maggiore (mainly pottery, china and kitchenware) and in Legnano (mainly shoes, Fratelli Rosetti etc.). As we haven’t been there recently, we cannot give reliable first hand information. The best idea is to buy Lo Scoprioccasione for addresses and contact numbers.

 




Borgo di Bucine

Borgo di Bucine

Borgo di Bucine is a perfect Tuscan holiday destination, only 40 minutes from both Florence and Siena but immersed in the tranquil beauty of a typical rural setting. Family owned and managed, this property has been tastefully restored and outfitted to provide every thing necessary for a perfect holiday.

The property has always been the country seat of a noble family and still to this day produces fine wines and olive oil. At the turn of the 19th century the owner decided he needed a more modern residence befitting his station and contracted Coppede to design a very imposing and regal castle like mansion in full flung liberty style.

This magnificent and very amusing structure dominates the landscape in the most delightful way, making Borgo di Bucine quite unique in the area. The original 16th century noble villa and the farm buildings involving wine and olive oil production are still intact. They can be seen nestling along the drive way that leads to the apartment complex.

An elegant restaurant serves breakfast daily and dinner three times a week, special diets can be catered to upon request.

There are 11 apartments and 5 bedroom suites above the main reception. They have been restored from a small complete village that once provided housing for the estate workers and peasants. Each apartment is provided with conditioned air in the bedrooms, independent heating system, telephone, satellite television (two English stations), kitchen or cooking corner, LCD Tv 26” in the apartments for 2 people and tv 32” in the apartments for 4-6 people. The Internet Wi-Fi connection is free in all the common spaces (hall, bar, restaurant terrace), so you will be always connected to the world from a privileged position.
 

GARDEN & SWIMMING POOL

The pool (20 x 8 meters) is in it’s own garden. It is well furnished with tables, chairs, umbrellas and sun lounges and several charming wrought iron pagodas that are in keeping with the architectural style of the main villa. From the pool one can see vine yards, olive groves, natural wooded areas and some distant medieval villages, the landscape has remained virtually unchanged over the course of the centuries.
The gardens abound with rose beds, lavender hedges, geraniums in pots and acres ofimmaculately mown rolling lawns. The property is approached by a regal avenue of ancient Cyprus trees.
If you are looking for a venue for an important anniversary, an exclusive party or to celebrate your wedding, the Borgo di Bucine offers its garden and the Country House to make your events unforgettable.
The borgo offers to its guests bikes for excursions in the surroundings. Don't miss the chance to pedal into unpolluted nature and breathe the air of Chianti hills.

Property facilities

Location: 
Chianti area
Nearest town: 
Bucine 5 km
N. of apartments: 
11
Max guests: 
43+1
Sleeps: 
from 2 to 6
Swimming pool
Air conditioning
Internet
Restaurant
Wedding
Parking
Bikes
Laundry
Countryside

Apartments in Borgo di Bucine Farmhouse