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2 weeks agoupdated Nov 16, 2022

The Mall Luxury Outlets Take Shopping to the Next Level

Discover the ultimate shopping experience and, when you are finished, why not try some wine tasting?

By Elite Traveler

Italy has produced some of the biggest names in high fashion and luxury and now, travelers in search of extraordinary shopping and remarkable experiences need look no further: The Mall Luxury Outlets brings you both.

The lush, green hills of the Tuscan countryside provide a picturesque setting for The Mall Firenze, which opened in 2001, while the flowered Ligurian hills are the backdrop for The Mall Sanremo, which opened in 2019.  A unique and innovative concept, The Mall Luxury Outlets bring the incredible flavors of the local surroundings to its visitors, and give them the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and discover the seductive charm of Italy.

The Mall Luxury Outlets has crafted a reputation for offering exclusive and customized luxury shopping and lifestyle experiences.

Following the roaring success of the first location outside Florence, The Mall Luxury Outlets opened a second location in the coastal northern city of Sanremo. Within each mall, visitors can discover some of the biggest names in luxury like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Gucci and Loro Piana to name but a few.

The lush, green hills of the Tuscan countryside provide a picturesque setting for The Mall Firenze / ©The Mall Luxury Outlets

The Mall Luxury Outlets provides a menu of tailored services allowing you to customize your shopping experience, so it is perfectly suited for you. Consider private transportation or a personal shopping assistant that will curate your experience based on your wishes and even provide style advice.

To streamline the shopping experience visitors can chose from amenities such as the hands-free shopping service, which means bags don’t need to be carried from store to store. There’s also a tax-free service that allows visitors from non-EU countries to get an immediate refund on their purchases. The Mall Luxury Outlets also offers a Loyalty Club program where clients can enroll to receive special privileges and perks year-round.

In addition to the bespoke services that create an ideal shopping experience, what sets The Mall Luxury Outlets apart from the rest is the dynamic, customizable local experiences they offer visitors. You will also have an expert concierge to arrange and tailor experiences to your individual preferences.

Highlights from The Mall Firenze

Cigar Tasting

Learn how to recognize the tasting notes of a cigar and how to pair them with chocolate and brandy / ©The Mall Luxury Outlets

For those that take pleasure in the relaxing experience of smoking a cigar, the tasting experience at The Mall Firenze is a must. The exclusive 90-minute tasting session will see you sampling some of the finest Tuscan cigars.

Taking place at the on-premise bistro and wine bar Toscanino, an industry expert will guide you through the process of tasting each cigar, pointing out the different flavor profiles.

While these high-quality cigars would be wonderful on their own, the process is further enhanced through the addition of flavor pairings. Notice how Tuscan chocolate flakes add depth to the cigars and how perfectly they blend with brandy and a selection of artisanal grappas.   

This is the ideal experience to enjoy after a long day shopping or could be the perfect way to pass the time while friends and family browse the stores.

Barthel Showroom

Visitors to the showroom get the opportunity to sample local produce / ©The Mall Luxury Outlets

Riccardo Barthel is a titan of not just Florentine interior design, but Italian design itself. With this unique experience, you can visit the headquarters of the Barthel universe in Oltrarno, one of the chicest neighborhoods in Florence.

Beginning as a small ceramic workshop in 1976, Riccardo Barthel is now a thriving entity that’s renowned for producing high-quality furniture and ultra-stylish fixtures and fittings.

In addition to a tour of the headquarters, which is made up of a stunning articulated design studio flanked by artisan workshops and a large showroom, you will get the opportunity to taste local Tuscan produce while you hear all about it from the chef’s team.

This is the ideal experience for those with an eye for high quality interiors, craft lovers and everyone looking for a real experience of Tuscany.

Highlights from The Mall Sanremo

Wine Tasting

The fantastic local wine will be accompanied by traditional local dishes / ©The Mall Luxury Outlets

At The Mall Luxury Outlet’s newest location in Sanremo, visitors can delve into the incredible world of Italian vinification. No shopping trip is complete without a glass of wine, or two.

The wine-tasting experience at Sanremo will see guests sampling three types of Ligurian hinterland wine, the local tipple from Italy’s northeast coast. An expert will explain each wine, helping you identify the differences and the unique tasting notes of each glass.

The fantastic local wine will also be accompanied by traditional local dishes, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the Ligurian way of life.

At 45 minutes it’s the perfect lunchtime activity or could even be used as a pitstop between shops.

Cooking Class

Learning to cook in Italy will make you the envy of all dinner party guests / ©The Mall Luxury Outlets

Italy is a cultural bastion. It is world-renowned for its fashion houses, opera and art. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were powerhouses of the Renaissance, yet without doubt Italy’s greatest cultural contribution is its food. Italian dishes have traveled around the world and transformed the global gastronomic landscape, so where better to have a cookery class?

At The Mall Sanremo, a professional chef will guide you as you learn how to make a classic pesto following a traditional Ligurian recipe. After picking up these skills you will be the envy of all dinner party guests.

After the lesson, you will taste your pesto with trofie, a short, thin, twisted pasta from Liguria. It does not get more authentic than this classic hearty dish. The pasta will also be accompanied by a local wine, naturally.

This three-hour experience is the ideal afternoon activity for any budding gourmand.

To learn more about the best shopping experience in Italy visit themall.it or head to the official Instagram page.

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