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I Gigli - Centro Commercaile - Sesto Fiorentino: The Mall in Florence Outlet Mall Review

The Gigli is a mall located about 20 minutes from the train station in the suburb of Sesto Fiorentino. It has about 100 stores and a huge Pathe multiplex cinema. The larger stores include the Panorama Hypermarket, Universo Sport (sporting goods, great store - smaller boutique style shop located next to the Duomo), Coin department store, Leroy and Merlin home store and Media Worls electronics. It comes complete with a large food court and Irish Pub.

While many might argue that you don't come to Italy to go to a mall, but I beg to differ, it is one of the few times that you wil be in a total Italian environment as all the shoppers are Italian, nice way to eacape the tourist masses in downtown Floville (Florence).

The mall is open from 0900 to 2200 from Monday to Saturday.

Directions: You can get there on the public bus number 30 (you transfer on a free shuttle bus) or on the Express bus from the Lazzi depot in Piazza Adua next to the station, near the big corner Mc DOnalds (check out buses under transportation).

Theme: Other

Website: http://WWW.IGIGLI.IT

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 27, 2003
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Black Market Goods on the Street: 'Unofficial Street Markets"

All over Florence you will see impromptu markets popping up from one minute to the next. THe mearhandise sold is naturally black market goods and the peddlers are invariably immigrants from Sri Lanka, Morocco, Senegal (especially) and China.

What to buy: You can find the following items:

++Posters
++Latest DVD's and CD's - they will let you try the CD in a CD player if you have one.
++Umbrellas
++T-Shirts
++Designer handbags, wallets and accessories
++Those terrible bouncing Mickey Mouses that move to the music
++Sunglasses
Grasshoppers made from reeds (Chinese only)
++Name written in Chinese
++Pictures painted with spraypaint (poor guy destroying his braincells for a couple of Euros)
++African handicrafts
++Eturscan art reproductions (hard to find)

What to pay: Everything is negotiable.

Directions: GOOD LOCATIONS:
Via Cazaiouli
Borgo San Lorenzo
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza Santa Croce
Piazza Sant'Ambrogio
Around the Duomo

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 27, 2003
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Prada Outlet in Montevarchi: Pay homage to PRADA Prada Outlet Review

The Prada outlet is none as I Pellettieri d'Italia and is located in the town of Montevarchi, which is about 45 minutes away by train to Arezzo/Rome. TO check the schedule, please go to:
www.trenitalia.it

When you get to the station you can get a taxi to the outlet, it is about 10 to 12 Euros 1 way, you can arrange for the driver to come back for you at an appointed hour or just grab a taxi there.

Beware of weekends and tour buses! Often times you must take a number and wait as only a limited number of shoppers are let in at any one time.

They have also added a nice cafe area for the non-interested and the weary shoppers to recoup after spending their savings or just taling a break from their purchases.

If you are not an EU resident/citizen make sure you get a tax free form, at the ariport you can get the cash back, it is about 16% of the total purchase price. If you are several people, best to pool your pruchases if your total is under 150 Euros, that is the minimum to get the tax back.

What to buy: Mens and Womens clothing
Mens and Womens shoes
Handbags
Luggage
Assorted accessories

They have other brands besides Prada.

Shopping here can be hit and miss.

As the store becomes more well known the prices have risen, however it is still 1/2 the price of the stores in Italy and 1/3 - 1/4 the price of the stores in the rest of the world (don't even mentione the shops in Asia!!)

They take credit cards.

Open:

Monday to Saturday from 930 to 1230 and 1500 to 1900.

BEWARE: If you are coming in August, check for the 2 week closing, it changes every year!

Address: Localita Levanella, Montevarchi, Tuscany

Directions: See the above description.

Phone: Italy (39) 055 9199595

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 27, 2003
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Mercato delle Cascine: Tuesday Morning Shopping

Probably the biggest (and cheapest) market in town! Here you can find almost everything you need: fruits, vegetables, clothing, general groceries, houseware stands, antiquities, telephone cards...everything!!
Only one problem: it's open exclusively on Tuesday morning

Address: Cascine Park

Directions: Located on the road that runs alongside the Arno in the Cascine Park, just follow the Lungarno down from Ponte Vecchio, past the American consulate to the park.

The earlier the better.

The market is held every Tueaday from about 8AM till 1PM.

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 26, 2003
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The Supermarket!: Vino Italiano - Where to get wine???

There are several medium and large supermarkets near the center of Florence where you can get great gourmet items for yourself or gifts. Most notably WINE. This is where locals buy there wine, so why not you? Great selection and prices that will make you faint when you compare them to your home country!

Here are a couple of supermarkets:

1.Esselunga
Ponte alla Vittoria / Via Pisana
2. Esselunga
Via Massacio (near Piazza Liberta)
3. Standa - open till 2100 and on Sunday!
Via Pietrapiana (in front of post office, near Teatro Verdi)

What to buy: Wine, wine and more wine. For Americans you can get cheap Cuban rum and smuggle it home in your carry-on. You can also get great cheeses, many of which will easily keep for 24+ hours. If you are from a country that doensn't like our cheese coming in - get the one packaged in the airsealed bag so the food police don't get wind of it. In addition, there are loads of sauces and pastas that you can only find in fancy-shmancy restaurants outside of Italy. Fill up your bag while you have the chance!!!

All supermarkets take credit cards and have cashpoints (ATMs) as well.

Theme: Food and Drink

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 19, 2003
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The Supermarket!: Vino Italiano - Where to get wine???

There are several medium and large supermarkets near the center of Florence where you can get great gourmet items for yourself or gifts. Most notably WINE. This is where locals buy there wine, so why not you? Great selection and prices that will make you faint when you compare them to your home country!

Here are a couple of supermarkets:

1.Esselunga
Ponte alla Vittoria / Via Pisana
2. Esselunga
Via Massacio (near Piazza Liberta)
3. Standa - open till 2100 and on Sunday!
Via Pietrapiana (in front of post office, near Teatro Verdi)

What to buy: Wine, wine and more wine. For Americans you can get cheap Cuban rum and smuggle it home in your carry-on. You can also get great cheeses, many of which will easily keep for 24+ hours. If you are from a country that doensn't like our cheese coming in - get the one packaged in the airsealed bag so the food police don't get wind of it. In addition, there are loads of sauces and pastas that you can only find in fancy-shmancy restaurants outside of Italy. Fill up your bag while you have the chance!!!

All supermarkets take credit cards and have cashpoints (ATMs) as well.

Theme: Food and Drink

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  • Written Oct 19, 2003
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The Supermarket!: Vino Italiano - Where to get wine???

There are several medium and large supermarkets near the center of Florence where you can get great gourmet items for yourself or gifts. Most notably WINE. This is where locals buy there wine, so why not you? Great selection and prices that will make you faint when you compare them to your home country!

Here are a couple of supermarkets:

1.Esselunga
Ponte alla Vittoria / Via Pisana
2. Esselunga
Via Massacio (near Piazza Liberta)
3. Standa - open till 2100 and on Sunday!
Via Pietrapiana (in front of post office, near Teatro Verdi)

What to buy: Wine, wine and more wine. For Americans you can get cheap Cuban rum and smuggle it home in your carry-on. You can also get great cheeses, many of which will easily keep for 24+ hours. If you are from a country that doensn't like our cheese coming in - get the one packaged in the airsealed bag so the food police don't get wind of it. In addition, there are loads of sauces and pastas that you can only find in fancy-shmancy restaurants outside of Italy. Fill up your bag while you have the chance!!!

All supermarkets take credit cards and have cashpoints (ATMs) as well.

Theme: Food and Drink

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 19, 2003
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Libreria Edison: Bookstore, Café and Internet until Midnight

Florence’s answer to Foyle’s/ Borders. A three-level bookstore with internet (cheap internet 2.50 Euros per hour!) and a café on the first (2nd US) floor. Large selection of English language books as well as extensive selection of travel guides in English and Italian for Italy and rest of world. It is a great place to have a coffee (at normal prices 80 Eurocents) and sit down, puruse art books and people watch. The store is open seven days awake until midnight. If you have a laptop, sit by the coffee bar, there is a plug on the side (very few people realize this)

Address: Piazza della Repubblica

Directions: Piazza della Repubblica, next to the Gambrinus Cinema.

Phone: 055 213 110

Theme: Books

Website: http://www.libreriaedison.it

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 19, 2003
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