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Just 30 minutes outside of Florence is outlet shopping that's almost too good to be true: The Mall. This outdoor outlet mecca is home to big-name brands such as Prada, Bottega Veneta, Tod's, Balenciaga and more. I ventured here on a whim during my semester abroad in Florence, and I could barely believe my eyes when I arrived. The deals for designer goods are truly worth the trip, and the onsite Italian restaurant (DOT.COM) serves as the perfect end to your shopping excursion with easy lunch options such as salads and paninis.
The two best options for getting to The Mall are either renting a car and driving yourself, or buying a ticket for the daily shuttle bus. The bus departs from the BUSITAILA/SITA depot at Via Santa Caterina da Siena 17 (near the Santa Maria Novella train station) and tickets are only 10 euros round trip.