Outlet Shopping in Rome

My hubby and I are not really big on brands but share the joy of getting “buon affare” (a good buy). Beyond the walls of Rome you’ll find the popular Castel Romano and Valmontone Fashion Outlets.  But given that fashion boutiques hold huge sales twice a year—January and July,  and it was November, we just decided to stay in Rome.

Here are two outlets we found in our area:

Outlet Gente

Via Cola di Rienzo 246

Metro Station: Ottaviano

It was really hard to spot a good find.  The price points are still quite steep with (YSL, Prada, Gucci) boots going for around 500 EU a pair.  You can find some Tory Burch shoes for 100-300 EU and Prada, DSquared pants for 50 EU, but already very out-of-style.  You would just be buying the logo!  This being my first experience here, I am not sure if it’s always like this.

The staff were not very friendly either.  They have a general look of boredom and you’re-just-going-to-look-but-not-buy-anyway attitude towards people which made me think they get more onlookers than customers.

Discount Dell’ Alta Moda

Via di Gesu e Maria. Metro Station: Flaminio

Via Viminale 35. Metro Station: Termini

With two branches in the city, stopping at this outlet makes it more convenient after a tourist spot visit.

The staff is more upbeat and friendlier than the previous outlet.  You can pick through racks of half-priced men’s and women’s clothes, shoes, belts, and bags on labels like Armani, Salvatorre Ferragamo, Ferre, and Fendi.

Dolce and Gabbana soft leather shopping bag sells for 625EU

As with most outlet shopping centers, you have to spend an adequate amount of browsing time.  You won’t have this season’s items, but you will not have its matching price tags, either.  Shop wisely 🙂

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