The secret Prada outlet in Italy

Mr and Mrs Romance - how to find the secret Prada outlet in Tuscany

We’re driving through an industrial estate somewhere in Tuscany and our GPS doesn’t even know where we’re going, sending us down a dirt lane way. We’ve been driving a fair bit through the Tuscan countryside already by this point, so we’re not put off by the unsealed road. Here’s our post on how to spend a week in Tuscany.

We carry on along the lane for a while, wondering if this is the right way. Breathing a sigh of relief, we finally see the sign – SPACE – and we know we’re in the right place.

The sign is only a recent addition, as everyone was getting lost on their way to the Space outlet in Montevarchi. We’re there on a Thursday afternoon and there aren’t big crowds but it can get very busy on weekends.

Behind the iron gate in this industrial park is the best outlet store I’ve ever been to. Space (or Lo Spaccio) is home to the Prada outlet. Selling previous season designer wares at up to 75% discounts. As well as Prada, they sell Miu Miu, Church’s and Car Shoe. The difference with this outlet is the level of service.




How to shop there

Head past the sign and you’ll see their cafe where you can wait your turn to enter the store. Only 100 shoppers are allowed to enter at a time so there are never crowds in the store.

Before entering the cafe, walk up to the small metal box on the wall. There are no signs to tell you but this is the ticket dispenser. Each person needs their own ticket and this places you in line to enter. Don’t lose your ticket as it’s also your key to shopping once you’re inside.

There are no carry baskets, and no need to carry any of your purchases at all. There is a strict system where, once you have selected an item, you show your number to a staff member and they reserve it for you. Magically, when you’ve finished shopping, show your number at the register and all your items are there waiting for you. This can be dangerous as you can’t remember how many items you’ve already sent to the register.

Don’t worry, there’s no pressure to buy all your chosen items. Once at the register you can still change your mind so I would recommend sending everything you like there just in case. You know someone else will pick it up if you put it down.

Price guides

It’s still Prada so you’re not going to find anything for $20 but you are going to make big savings on normal retail prices. Shoes from 75 euros, bags from 120 euros (most are 200-500 euros) and up to 75% savings on fashion and accessories.

If we were back living in England it would be worth the flight just to go shopping. If you love Prada, it’s even worth the flight from Australia.

Our best buys – men’s Church’s shoes for 100 euros (RRP AU$650), Prada earrings for 39 euros (in the shops approximately AU$300) and Miu Miu shoes for 150 euros (RRP around AU$750). Unbelievable!

Shopping up a storm a the Prada Outlet in Tuscany

All the details

Space Outlet
Montevarchi
Tuscany

Nearest train station

Montevarchi T.

Nearest bus service
Montevarchi Liceo 353B – acvbus.it

Opening times
Monday to Friday: 10.30 am – 07.30 pm
Saturday: 09.30 am – 07.30 pm
Sunday: 10.30 am – 07.30 pm

Website/store location
Prada Outlet

Tel: +39.055.91901

Do you have any top tips for finding designer bargains? Tell us about them in the comments!

Image by Mr Romance

27 Comments

  • Reply March 19, 2013

    miss chew

    I will be in Tuscany In just over 2 months so I will be heading straight there!! Please let me know of any other great tips!!! X

    • Reply March 22, 2013

      Mr Romance

      Hi Jaime
      Yes, we have lots of tips. Tuscany is an amazing place to visit. You’re very lucky. Mrs Romance is in the process of gathering info for a post on Tuscany as we speak, so watch this space for some great ideas for places for you to get to!
      Cheers
      Jim

  • Reply May 21, 2013

    Jess

    Hi
    May I know if you seen any Prada Tessuto Gaufre bags at the Space outlet?
    Thank you

    • Reply May 22, 2013

      Mr Romance

      Hi Jess

      The stock at Space changes all the time so it’s hard to say what will be there. Even while we were shopping, we spotted a new bag just being put out on display that wasn’t there on our first pass of the shop. Yes, Mrs Romance did buy it, by the way!

      Sorry couldn’t be more help. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect bargain even if you don’t find a Tessuto Gaufre (Mrs R loves them btw).

      Happy shopping.

      Jim

      • Reply May 23, 2013

        Jess

        Dear Mr & Mrs Romance ,

        Thank you for your reply .
        My sister will be visiting Italy and France , “backpacking style” .
        She’s not so into designer bags , yet , so I’ll have to give her full details or she might come back with an entire different bag , LOL !
        I checked the Neiman Marcus website for the price of the tessuto gaufre , couldn’t find any in Prada E-store , it’s about 1058euro , so if she is to go to the boutique , not the outlet , the price would be the more or less the same and on top of that she’ll get about 12% VAT refund ?
        Sorry for the trouble , thank you for your kind assistance 🙂

        • Reply May 26, 2013

          Mr Romance

          No trouble at all, Jess!

          Good luck getting your bag – I’m sure your sister will come up with the goods! She should indeed get that 12% tax back. The one problem with the Prada outlet is that there’s no real knowing what they’ll have in stock. They also only have past-season stock, so if the bag you’re after is a new design, they won’t have it.

          Let us know how your sister gets on though. Bet she’ll have a great time!

          Cheers

          Jim

  • Reply August 21, 2013

    Alessandro

    Hi,
    in our site you can find all outlets and factory stores in Italy.
    soon the site will be in English…
    http://www.outletscout.it

  • Reply June 17, 2014

    Belinda

    Hi, I will be in Milan next month and wanting to do some serious shopping. Do you know of any good outlet stores I can find discount prada as well as great fashion for men women and children. I’m only passing by there 1 day so thought I’d best ask then waste my time. Any good outlets in Rome or Venice you know of would be greatly appreciated also. Thank you

  • Reply June 21, 2014

    Anna

    Hi, just read on a site that Space outlet close for 2 weeks in August and am trying to find out which dates they will close. Do you have an email address for Space? Thanks!

    • Reply June 21, 2014

      Mr Romance

      Hi Anna. I don’t have an email address, I’m afraid – one doesn’t email Prada, darling – lol! However, if Space is closed when you get there (and it’s still worth going to check), The Mall is just down the road (about 15-20 mins drive) and has some great bargains on Prada, Gucci, Valentino and loads of others. Worth a visit even if Space is open, I reckon.
      Here’s The Mall’s site for you to check: http://www.themall.it/en/outlet-italy/homepage.html
      Good luck and happy bargain hunting.
      J

  • Reply January 28, 2015

    Theary

    Hi! Going to my very first Euro trip in a few weeks so I’m trying to make every day count. Is there a big difference in pricing at the outlet in Italy as opposed to the ones in the US? Thank you!!!

    • Reply January 29, 2015

      Mrs Romance

      Enjoy! Hope you have a fantastic trip! The US outlets can be pretty good but Space is really for Prada fans. It’s really big and I loved that the service is excellent too. As with all outlets, I can’t say how good it will be as it’s seasonal but if you really love Prada then I would go x

  • Reply August 24, 2015

    Leads fan

    Hi, I am going today. Please give me the address

  • Reply September 18, 2015

    Vini

    Hi! Me and my wife plan to shop in space on the evening of 30th October, 2015. Is there any way I can book the ticket online? BTW can you suggest other similar shopping places, designer brands at lower prices in Milan and Paris?

    • Reply September 19, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Hi Vini. I’d doubt if there is a way to buy tickets to get into Space online. The fact that you’re going later in the year – and later in the day too – should mean there won’t be queues to get in. The system works pretty well even so.
      As for other places to shop, there is The Mall, which is up the road from Space – on the way to Florence. It features lots of designer brands – not just Prada and its associates as Space does. Here’s The Mall’s website for your convenience: https://www.themall.it/it/outlet-toscana/homepage.html
      Happy shopping.
      Jim

  • Reply March 27, 2016

    Sanchita biswas

    Hi we are traveling to Rome in June , will have a day trip to Florence on 18th of June , can you please tell me is this space outlet situated on the way to Florence ? , how to guide the driver , or is there any other space outlet in Rome or Venice where I can visit

    • Reply March 29, 2016

      Mrs Romance

      Hi Sanchita, this Space outlet is not exactly on the way but there is another fashion outlet centre called The Mall that is closer to the highway. If you only have a day to go from Rome to Florence and back again, I’m not sure you will have time to do both. There’s so much to see in Florence that you could spend 3 days there or more. Add in the travel time from Rome (3+ hours drive each way) and it makes it a very long day.

  • Reply March 13, 2017

    Vanessa

    hi there, we are off to Italy in 2 weeks, just checking if there are any updates or comments on the Space outlet in Tuscany, Thanks Vanessa

    • Reply March 13, 2017

      Mrs Romance

      Hi Vanessa, we haven’t hit up the outlets lately but it’s still the same there. Just Prada, MiuMiu and Church’s at Space and there is another large outlet mall with other designers closer to Florence just off the motorway. It’s called The Mall and it’s off the E35 near Leccio. Space is harder to find but worth it if you’re after Prada bargains. Have a great trip!

  • Reply June 6, 2017

    Harpreet

    Hi your blog is really great!! I want to know that I want to do both the malls in one day. So I take a train and go to the space and then from there take a taxi to go to the mall and from there are there busses available to go back to Florence. Please advise

    Also is the space, Fendi outlet d&g outlet on same route

    • Reply June 6, 2017

      Mr Romance

      Hi Harpreet. Thank you for your kind words. So glad you like our site. You can certainly get to both the Space outlet and mall in the same day, but as for how, that’s a bit trickier. We had a hire car, which made it much easier. Getting to the two different malls separately isn’t difficult with buses and trains (please check the 353 bus timetable here: http://www.acvbus.it/orari/353.pdf) but getting between the two might be more difficult. Taxis are tricky to find in Italy anyway, and these two malls are a bit out of the way. The staff at the mall might be able to help you though.
      Hope this info is of help. Enjoy your trip and happy shopping. Cheers – Jim

  • Reply July 6, 2017

    Tchopra

    Dear Mr & Mrs Romance thank you for your great tips and suggestions!
    We are going to Venice, Milan and Rome in mid of July. Could you please suggest me which Prada , MiMiu & Gucci outlet should I go to?

    Thanks much,
    Toral

    • Reply July 7, 2017

      Mr Romance

      Hi Toral, thanks for your question. Sounds like you’ve got a great trip planned. We love visiting Italy. I’m not sure where other outlets are in Italy, but the Space outlet in Tuscany is worth the trip for great bargains for Prada, MuiMui and Church. The address is at the post.
      There is also another outlet nearby with more range – like Gucci and Armani – that you might be interested in. Christina has mentioned it in a previous comment which I’ve copied here for you:
      there is an outlet centre called Serravalle about an hour from Milan by bus. They have a Prada store and a mix of designer and mid priced brands. Here’s their website – http://www.mcarthurglen.com/it/serravalle-designer-outlet/en/. There’s also a shop not too far from the city centre called Il Salvagente – http://www.salvagentemilano.it/en/. For Rome, there’s another outlet mall run by the same company as Serravalle – http://www.mcarthurglen.com/it/castel-romano-designer-outlet/en/.
      Happy shopping and safe travels
      Jim

  • Reply July 7, 2017

    Tchopra

    Great! Thank you so much Mr & Mrs Romance!

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