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THE MALL – Leccio,Reggello.

Designer Outlet Shopping under the Tuscan Sun……….

some of the brands available............

Half an hour from Florence, in the direction of Pontassieve is a shopping mecca that attracts many tourists and Florentines alike.  The Mall is located at Via Europa 8, in Leccio Reggello but don’t worry if you don’t have a car! There is a specialised bus that travels directly to The Mall from the Florence SITA bus company in Via Santa Caterina da Siena (across from the Santa Maria Novella train station).  If you see a group of excited fashionable looking Japanese girls, you know you are in the right place as The Mall is one of their favourite shopping locations when visiting Tuscany.

We went there last week with my brother Chris, his professional shopper, fashionista wife, Mas and gorgeous son Cooper.  First stop was the cafe for a lovely cappuccino and brioche to give us that extra bit of energy needed before hitting the shops, then the boys took over the responsibility of entertaining Cooper while Mas and I started our fashion research!

Chris, Mas, Cooper and I having a little rest in between shopping

The prices are reduced compared to current retail as the majority of styles on sale are very often last season stock but the prices are still pretty high.  For the most scrupulous bargain hunters, the very best time to go is when The Mall is having a sale.  I actually bought my wedding dress from here at Yves Saint Laurent and it was about one-fifth of the original retail price.

Where to first?

Brands available at The Mall are as follows : ALEXANDER MACQUEEN, ARMANI JEANS, BALENCIAGA, BOTTEGA VENETA, BURBERRY, DIOR, ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA, RENDI, GIORGIO ARMANI, GUCCI, HOGAN, I PINCO PALLINO, LORO PIANA, MARNI, PUCCI, ROBERTO CAVALLI, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, SERGIO ROSSI, STELLA McCARTNEY, TODS, VALENTINO, YVES SAINT LAURENT plus DIESEL, MISS SIXTY, REBECCA Jewellery & LINDT for the chocolate lovers!

more shops.......

When you need a bit more nourishment to get you through the afternoon shopping session, The Mall also has a great restaurant called DOT.com located near the entrance.  Less expensive and more casual is the cafe/bar downstairs.

Lunch time!

 

just browsing...........

The Mall has really been very well designed with lots of grassy areas where the kids can run about plus many benches set up in shady areas for when you need a rest or to add up your purchases and check that you still have credit available to pay your hotel bill!

lovely water feature

Beautiful Lily in bloom

Cooper was obsessed with the fish in the water fountain!  He deserves a medal for how patient and very well behaved he was!

What? Another shop???

THE MALL

Open Every Day 10am – 7pm

www.themall.it

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FOOD OBSESSED, FASHION LOVER, BUSY MAMMA, MAGAZINE CREATOR & WATERCOLOUR ARTISt.

Ciao, I'm Lisa B,
I’m a magazine founder & editor, a private food & shopping guide and watercolour artist who wants to share everything I know about the best-kept secrets in Tuscany with you.

I created This Tuscan Life blog, magazine and experiences to share everything I love about Florence & Tuscany, one of the most popular and visited regions in Italy.   Add a splash of watercolour & you've got a creative mamma of two who wants to show you the true & authentic side of Tuscany.

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These delicious soft square pillows of ravioli filled with mashed potato, cheese, garlic and parsley are more commonly known in Tuscany as Tortelli Mugellani, the famous Tortello from Mugello! If you haven’t tried these yet, then add them to your list of ‘must-taste’ when you next travel to this region known as the ‘Green Valley of Tuscany’. 

Barberino di Mugello is a small town found an easy thirty minute drive along the A1 from Florence or 45 minutes from Bologna. For those of you that know me well, you’ll understand one of the things that I find special about visiting Barberino…….. Did someone say Designer Outlet?

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