A while back I wrote a post about where to find the factory outlets in Europe. After such a busy schedule I was able to put my first list together. Starting off with Italy.

Please note when we travelled around Italy we had a car, it was cheap and easy driving around and perfect for carrying all our goodies.

Prada Space Outlet

Florence has some of the best and most extensive outlets in europe and maybe the world. The very first outlet in Europe I came across was the huge Prada factory outlet store. It was amazing. In 2004 my hubby and I walked out with a total of 27 pairs of shoes and 6 handbags, a few belts and accessories for under $1,800 euros. This had left a taste in my mouth wanting more.

Address: Via Levanella Becorpi, Localita Levanella, S.S. 69, Montevarchi, Italy

The Mall
From here we visited The Mall. Also amazing with brands like Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Hogan, Dior and heaps more.

Address: via Europa, 8 in Leccio Reggello

Barbarino Designer Outlet
Brands like Missoni, Calvin Klein, Prada, Gas, Coccinelle, Blumarine and much more.

Address: Via Meucci snc, 50031 Barberino di Mugello

Seravalle Factory Outlet

Another great outlet with many great brands like Bvlgari, Prada, Armani, Camper, Cerruti, Benetton and more.

Address: Via della Moda, 1, 15069 Serravalle Scrivia (AL) Italia

Mattel Factory Outlet
This was my favourite store. I felt like a kid again and stocked up on rare Barbie dolls, some lego and other toys.

Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 119, Oleggio Castello, Novara, Piemonte, Italy 28040

Il Salvagente
Another great outlet in Milan have different brands to other outlets in Italy like Emilio Pucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, La Perla, Maison Margiel, Alberta Ferretti, Antonio Marras, Aspesi, Blumarine, Diane von Furstemberg, Diesel, Dolce e Gabbana, Dries van Noten and heaps more.

Address: Via F.lli Bronzetti, 16, 20129 Milan

Fox Town

This was heaven. I purchased some more shoes and handbags, dresses, tops and accessories. There are around 250 stores, my favourite being Gucci. They seemed to have my size in everything.

This outlet is just past the Italian border into Switzerland. If you are driving from Italy to Switzerland make sure you are prepared to pay for annual road tax. This is not included in your car hire, if you do not pay you cannot go through. It's is not much, when we were there it was around AUD$30. It may be more now. But it is worth it.

Address: Via A. Maspoli 18, CH-6850 Mendrisio, Switzerland

Bicester Village

Whilst living in England Bicester Village was a 15 minute drive from where we lived and we used to visit it religiously every fortnight. We picked up so many bargains and accumulated so much clothes we could of opened up a store. For example we were obsessed with Pepe Jeans and we owned about 12 pairs each. At 15 pounds a pair when they had spot sales or special deals on the weekend it was amazing.

They have brands like Bose, Timerland, Ferragamo, Alexander McQueen, Anya Hindmarsh, 7 for all mankind, Bally, Boss, Burberry and heaps more.

Address: 50 Pingle Dr Bicester OX26 6WD

Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth
The brands here are more High Street and mid end types like The Body Shop, O'Niell, Oakley, Paul Smith, Osprey, Ted Baker and more.

Being by the water, the view is stunning and makes for a great day out.

Address: Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TZ

Mulberry Factory Shop
The Mulberry factory shop sells a good selection of bags with 30-50 percent off regular shop prices. It’s divided into three sections: discontinued bags, factory specials and seconds.

Address: The Old School House, Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5NF2, Sommerset

Aquascutum Factory ShopThe new Aquascutum shop is full of brilliant buys. Suits, classics macs and perfect knits at up to 30%. You’ll even find a good selection of accessories and golf gear.

Address: 7-8 Chatham Place, E9 6LT3, London

Clarks Village
This popular Somerset shopping spot, a short drive from the Mulberry factory shop, has a Clarks outlet as well as over 90 other high street and designer brands with discounts of up to around 60 percent. labels include Loake shoes for men, Adidas trainers, Levi’s, Osprey London, Jaeger, Whistles and Joules as well as discounted homeware from classic brands like Denby, Le Creuset and Wedgwood.

Address: Farm Road, Street, BA16 0BB5, Sommerset

Burberry Factory Shop
This warehouse space showcases seconds and excess stock reduced by 50% or more.

Address: 29-31 Chatham Place, E9 6LP9, London

Like with every outlet shopping luck and bodysize determines how succesful your visit will be. It can be random, one visit you will find everything and it will fit, other times not so lucky.

Best thing about shopping in outlets, you know what you buy will be originals and not knockoffs.