The capital of Italy is attractive to tourists not only as the center of the Catholic world or the city of many historical and architectural monuments, but also as a place where you can successfully combine business with pleasure. A vacation in Rome is not only an interesting excursion vacation, but also an excellent shopping, the result of which, depending on the degree of enthusiasm, becomes an updated or completely new wardrobe.
BlogoItaliano has already talked about shopping in Rome and the main shopping streets of the heart of Italy, but real shopaholics know that not everyone can afford the prices of branded items in boutiques located in the center of the capital. The true paradise for a shopper is outlets of Rome: the choice of goods in these shopping centers is huge, their quality is not inferior to the things presented in expensive boutiques, and the prices are quite affordable.
Outlets are usually located in the suburbs, and Roman outlets are no exception. But this does not bother shopping lovers at all, since the transport connection with shopping centers is well established.
What to buy in Rome outlets
Shopping in Rome's outlets is quite diverse - here you can buy clothes and shoes of luxury European designers, as well as things of Italian factories of the middle price segment - of excellent quality and at the same great price.
In addition, Roman outlets, as indeed all outlets in Italy, offer their customers a wide range of leather goods - bags, wallets, belts, shoes, outerwear made of leather and fur, excellent jewelry, as well as electronics and household goods .
Product selection in outlets of Rome so large and diverse that few return from them without shopping, reasonable prices, which differ from those you see in boutiques by 30-70%, make it possible to purchase not a couple of delightful gizmos, but to completely update the wardrobe of the whole family - and adults and children.
Of course, you should not rely on the acquisition of models from the latest designer collections - outlets specialize in trading things of the past seasons.
The selection of goods in Rome's outlets is wide and varied.
Outlets of Rome and the season of sales
Prices in outlets are much less dependent on sales seasons than in ordinary shops and shopping centers, since the cost of goods is already 30-70% lower, however, during sales they often become even lower.
The only problem trips to outlets of Rome at this time - a huge number of people who want to save on purchases and, as a result, crowds of people in stores and the lack of the most popular sizes of clothes and shoes, since they are sold first of all.
Recall that winter sales in Italy begin in January and end in late February - early March, and summer sales last from July to August. The biggest discounts await buyers at the end of the sales season, but, unfortunately, the choice of goods by that time is already quite small.
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Top Outlets in Rome
Castel Romano Designer Outlet - The largest and most popular outlet in Rome, located 25 kilometers from the capital. The Italians owe its discovery to the British McArthurGlen Group retail chain, whose stores and malls can be found in almost all European countries.
Castel Romano is 25 thousand square meters of retail space, which housed more than a hundred boutiques of famous brands, the names of which are well-known to everyone: Roberto Cavalli, Guess, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, La Perla, Fratelli Rossetti, Reebok, Calvin Klein, Etro, Diesel and many others. Here, in addition to fashionable and stylish clothes, shoes and accessories, you can buy electronics, cosmetics and perfumes, household goods, gifts and souvenirs, sporting goods at very affordable prices.
Prices in Rome outlets 30-70% lower than in ordinary stores
Castel Romano shopping center is built in the form of a cozy Roman quarter with two squares and two main streets, which are connected by many lanes. On its territory there are playgrounds, several cafes and restaurants, a bank branch, an atelier, a large parking lot with a capacity of about 2 thousand cars is equipped. At the entrances there are large stands with a detailed outline of the outlet, here you can also take information brochures.
Castel Romano is open seven days a week, from Monday to Friday from 10 to 20 hours, on Saturday and Sunday - an hour longer, up to 21 hours. The only day the outlet is closed is December 25th - Catholic Christmas.
Outlet Castel Romano - it's 25 thousand square meters of retail space
Getting to the Castel Romano outlet is easy. From Termini Station (from the stop on Via Marsala) several buses leave at once for the Outlet at 9:30, 9:55, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 15:00. The last flight back - from Outlet to Rome - leaves at 20:00. A round-trip ticket will cost 15 Euros (2018). In addition, you can always take a taxi.
Be sure to watch our outlet video, filmed in 2017, to better understand what to expect on the spot. A detailed article about the Castel Romano outlet on BlogoItaliano is here.
- Castel Romano Designer Outlet Address: Via Ponte di Piscina Cupa 64
- Official Website: mcarthurglen.com
Fashion District Valmontone Outlet It is located a little further from Rome - 40 kilometers, but is it such a hindrance when more than 200 outlets with great clothes, shoes, accessories, as well as household appliances and goods for homeliness loom ahead. This outlet presents mainly products of Italian brands of the middle price segment - Baldinini, Geox, Benetton, Glenfield, etc., as well as inexpensive European brands.
The Valmontone Outlet is a real shopping town: it covers an area of 45 thousand square meters and is in second place in the world in terms of area (the first is a shopping center in Lisbon). Infrastructure Valmontone Outlet is well developed: in addition to shops there are several cafes and restaurants, a children's room, a playground for games, ATMs.
Fashion District Valmontone Outlet has over 200 outlets
The shopping center is open from 10 to 20 hours from Monday to Friday and from 10 to 21 hours - on Saturday and Sunday. A day off and, concurrently, a festive day - December 25, Catholic Christmas.
You can get to Valmontone by bus - it, as in the case of Castel Romano, leaves daily from a stop at Termini Station on Via Marsala. Flights depart at 9:45 and 12:00. Tickets cost 12 Euro. In the opposite direction - from the outlet to Rome - buses leave at 15:00 and 18:30. In addition, from Rome almost to the shopping center there is an electric train, departing also from the train station.
- Valmontone Outlet Address: Via della Pace
- Official website: valmontoneoutlet.com
By the way, both main outlets with detailed information about opening hours, addresses and ways to get there are in our mobile guide BlogoItaliano in Rome. In addition to them, the application has more than 220 main attractions, shops, markets and other important places of the Eternal City, without which a trip is simply unthinkable. Moreover, all this works on a smartphone and is accessible even without the Internet.
UPIM Mini Outlets feature family-friendly shopping
UPIM - A network of stores of a well-known trading network, seven of which are located in Rome. UPIM mini-outlets offer products for family shopping - clothes of Italian brands at very affordable prices, various discounts and promotions are constantly available.
UPIM stores are open from 15.30 to 19.30 on Monday, from 10 to 19.30 from Tuesday to Saturday, a day off on Sunday.
Addresses of stores of the network:
- Piazza Tuscolo, 23
- Via Enea, 10
- Piazza della Balduina, 110
- Via del Tritone, 172
- Via Ponzio Cominio, 19
- Circonvallazione Gianicolense, 78
- Largo Ravenna 5
Official website: upim.it