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Barberino Designer Outlet, managed by McArthurGlen Designer Outlets, is just one of the many shopping outlets in Italy. In Florence alone, you have access to at least 3 designer outlets outside the city. Not to mention the Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and Fendi factory outlets, easily accessible from Florence.
We decided to visit the Barberino Designer Outlet on our second day in Florence. Shopping is not really a priority on this trip nor do we plan on splurging on some luxury brands but we thought that it would be nice to see what’s in Barberino. We had a really great shopping experience at La Vallee Village near Paris, France so we were hoping to snatch some good deals as well at the Barberino Designer Outlet.
BARBERINO DESIGNER OUTLET
Address: Via Merucci, Barberino di Mugello, 50031
Opening hours: 10:00 – 20:00
View the map and additional information here.
How to get there from FLORENCE:
The most convenient way is to take their shuttle bus. You can purchase the roundtrip bus tickets at the City Sightseeing Firenze Ticket and Information counter inside the Florence Santa Maria Novella train station. It’s in Platform 16 and the roundtrip bus tickets are 13 Euros. You need to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before departure. A representative of City Sightseeing Firenze will accompany you to the bus loading area (City Sightseeing Firenze Line A Stop No. 1). The bus ride is about 30 to 40 minutes.
9:00, 11:30, 14:00, 16:00
What’s in Barberino Designer Outlet
What’s good about Barberino Designer Outlet is the range of both International and Italian brands, mid to high luxury goods and sports apparel. This is in comparison to The Mall, another outlet mall near Florence, which is mostly focused on high-end fashion luxury brands. The shops are pretty much the same brands you would also find in the city. Most of the shops are for Italian designer brands like Antony Morato, Furla, Patrizia Pepe, Trussardi and Luisa Spagnoli. There’s also Nike, Adidas, Michael Kors, Superdry, Tommy Hilfiger and Polo Ralph Lauren.
I suggest that you check first the list of stores before coming here, to see if they are what you are looking for or something that might interest you. We realized when we got there that the brands were not exactly what we were looking for. Compared to our shopping expedition at La Vallee Village (which is something I definitely recommend if you are visiting Paris, France) the previous year, we came home almost empty-handed except for a couple of sneakers from the Nike Outlet store.
Restaurants and Cafes
There aren’t that many dining options either. We had lunch at the Asian Restaurant W.O.K, which to be honest is very forgettable. Their pad thai tasted nothing like pad thai. The rest of the food we ordered was just okay. Better check out the other dining options or eat before coming here. You may view their complete list of cafes and restaurants here.
Is it worth visiting?
If shopping is your game or you are looking to buy something from a specific brand that’s on here or you just want to spend quiet time outside the city of Florence, I guess you can spare a few hours to visit Barberino Designer Outlet. It’s easy to take the shuttle, you can easily spend 2-3 hours here and be back in Florence in less than an hour. But in all honesty, there aren’t that many brands or items that grabbed my attention. But that’s just me. We probably came on the wrong day or a slow season. There were only a few shoppers around (probably less than a hundred), so that might be an indication. However, my husband and my sisters were able to buy a few sneakers and rubber shoes from Nike and Adidas. The Polo Ralph Lauren has some discounts on their polo shirts, there’s a Lindt store where you can buy some chocolates for yourself or bring home or maybe you can get something from any of the Italian brands as sort of a souvenir for your trip.
Back in Florence
It was still a nice day spent outside of Florence. We took the 3:00 PM bus back to Florence and arrived at the Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station around 3:40 PM. We walked back to First Class Guesthouse and dropped off our stuff before making our way back out to say hello to Il Duomo.
We also stopped by the leather market to look for some souvenirs. There’s also a 1 Euro store in front of this leather goods stall.
For dinner, we went on a mission to eat Bistecca Alla Fiorentina (Florentine Steak). We found out that the usually serving can vary between 900 grams to as much as 1.6 kilos (60-65 Euros). Because we wanted our own individual servings, we went looking for a restaurant that offers one. And here we found a local restaurant, Ristorante Lorenzo di Medici, that offers individual servings of Florentine Steak.
The photo may seem to give an impression that the steak is small but trust me, it’s not. It was the perfect serving for me. It was perfectly cooked (medium rare) and served with a side of roasted potatoes. We also ordered another plate of roasted veggies to go with our steak. For about 20 Euros per person, this was a pretty good meal in Florence.
Many of the shops and malls are still open and a lot of people are out on the streets enjoying the cool breeze.
Another stop at the Bronze Boar statue so that my sisters can rub his snout!
And that’s the end of our second day in Florence. The next day is all about the Accademia and Uffizi Gallery so please stay tuned for that post. Thanks for reading!
Check out the rest of my trip using the links below. I have also listed some Florence Travel Essentials you can book in advance for a better travel experience.
Florence Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Eurail Global Pass (Flexible Days)
MyWebspot Pocket Wifi Rental – I have personally used their services before and they are great especially their customer service!
This blog post is Day 7 of my Italy Travel Diary Series, To read about the rest of my trip, click on the links below:
Day 1: Arrival in Rome – Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
Day 2: Colosseum and Roman Forum
Day 3: Vatican City (Papal Blessing/Angelus) and the Historic Centre of Rome
Day 4: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and Square
Day 5: Naples Bus Tour/Pompeii Tour
Day 6: Arrival in Florence – First Class Guesthouse/Historic Centre of Firenze
Day 8: Accademia and Uffizi Gallery
Day 9: Last Day in Rome – Night Views of the Colosseum and Castel Sant’ Angelo