Of course Italy is world renowned for fashion and Milan in particular is famed for its designers, excellent quality and exquisite shops. So while in the area a little retail therapy is a must. Although the Monte Napoleone and Brera areas of Milan boasts some of the best shopping on offer, you may be in search of a bargain. Shopping Outlets have become popular in recent years and are certainly a big business in the USA. In Europe this is a growing category but it is important to be aware that, although you may be saving money, the styles and colours you find may not be of the current season.
If shopping in Milan’s fashionable districts does not quite match your budget for this trip, try some of Milan’s nearby outlet malls to get your shopping fix.
One of the closest Outlet Malls to Lake Como is Fox Town and it is great for a rainy day or a Winter’s day visit when you want to stay warm and dry.
Fox Town in Mendrisio is open every day from 11am until 7pm and is located at Via A. Maspali 18, Mendrisio, Switzerland. It has 160 shops including Armani, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Prada, Valentino, Versace and La Perla, plus many specialist stores that are popular locally. There are a number of cafes and food outlets at Fox Town and even a casino nearby. Check out the website or contact Fox Town on +41 848 828 888 or email@example.com
It is possible to drive via Como and Chiasso, or via Porlezza and Lugano, and in both cases it would take less than an hour from most locations on the south-western shore of Lake Como. If you are in Milan and do not have a car, it takes just one hour by train from Milano Porta Garibaldi to Chiasso, Switzerland from where you can take a shuttle bus or taxi to Fox Town (10 minutes). An alternative to this is the shuttle bus from central Milan ‘Zanni Viaggi’ (Tel. 02 867 131) which costs only 20 Euros and takes around 40 minutes.
Closer to Milan city centre you will find Il Salvagente. Established in 1978, it is among Milan’s best-known and longest established outlets offering a wide range high-end fashion; clothing, accessories and shoes at prices discounted by up to 70%. This landmark Milanese outlet is located just a few minutes from Linate airport and the Central Station. Il Salvagente is easily accessible from the centre of Milan by public transport – bus number 60 or 62. Ask for the Bronzetti-Archimede stop. Alternatively, you can take bus number 92 to the Piceno stop.
Il Salvagente has a wide range of brands including selections from popular designers such as Alberta Ferretti, Armani, Balenciaga, Burberry, Cavalli, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Prada and Versace.
Il Salvagente is open from 3pm until 7:30pm on Mondays and from 10am until 7:30pm from Tuesday to Saturday. On Sundays the hours are 11am until 7pm – closed for an hour from 2-3pm. Il Salvagente is located at Via Fratelli Bronzetti 16, in Milan; a 30 minute walk, 20 minutes by bus, or 15 minutes by taxi from the Piazza Duomo. Check out the website or contact Il Salvagente on +39 02 76110328.
Another alternative for retail therapy is the Serravalle Designer Outlet with over 180 stores and 300 leading brands, including Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Trussardi, and Guess, to tempt you.
Located at Via della Moda 1, Serravalle Scriviais it is advisable to drive to the Serraville Outlet Mall, but there is also a daily bus which takes you there from Milan. It leaves 3 times a day and costs Euros20. The journey is only about 50 minutes. They are open daily from 10am until 9pm. The phone number is 0143 609000.