A designer outlet inspired by the operas of Verdi:
Chic Designer Shopping’s Fidenza Village is set close to Parma, the charming, artistic and gastronomic centre of Italy. There are 90 luxury outlet boutiques and you’ll find Valentino, Dolce & Gabana, Missoni, Versace, Bikkembergs and many other labels here, with year round discounts of up to 70%.
The architecture of the Outlet reflects the stunning classical-style and the buildings are inspired by the operas of Verdi. The pedestrianised streets and piazzas lined with boutiques provide shoppers with a relaxed atmosphere to do their luxury shopping. Yep, no jostling with crowds or digging into bins of clothing for that “designer in a haystack” here.
After spoiling yourself with luxury purchases, you may wish to do some penance by walking the Pilgrim’s Way. The Via Francigena, an important route linking Rome with Northern Europe was used by pilgrims on their way to sacred Christian places of worship. The section of the route that passes through Parma was of particular strategic significance during the Middle Ages as it was the point at which people crossed the Apennine mountains to reach Rome.
If the above seems a bit drastic, then perhaps you could visit the Parma Cathedral and Baptistry, the San Donnino Fidenza Cathedral or you could indulge yourself even more by winding down in the Salsomaggiore Thermal Baths’ mineral-rich springs.
How to Get to Fidenza Village
Fidenza Village is well connected by train and there is a special Fidenza Village Express from Milan to the Village. If driving, there are almost 2,000 car parking spaces available or you can use the car valet service.
There is a Free shuttle bus from Fidenza Train Station to Fidenza Village and back. Journey time is 1 hour 15 mins.
From Fidenza Station to Fidenza Village
Mon – Thur: 9:15, 10:00, then every hour till 20:00
Fri – Sun : 9:00, 9:25, 9:45, 10:20, then every 40 minutes till 19:40 with last trip at 20:15
From Fidenza Village to Fidenza Station
Mon – Thur: 9:30, then hourly till 19:30 with last trip at 20:15
Fri – Sun : 9:15, 9:35, 10:00, then every 40 minutes till 20:00 with last trip at 20:25
It departs at 9:00, 9:25, then every 40 minutes from 09:45 to 20:00. For more information call Trenitalia on 892021 or see www.trenitalia.com
From Milan by the Shopping Express
The Fidenza Village Shopping Express departs daily from the Piazza Castello, 1
10:00 – From Milan to Fidenza Village*
18:30 – From Fidenza Village to Milan
* On Wed and Fri, there’s an additional run at 14:00.
Tickets cost € 20 for adults and € 10 for children (age 5 to 10). Under 5s – Free. If you book online, the special web rate is € 10 for all (except children under 5 travel free).
From Milan/Bologna – There are hourly services from Milan and Bologna and many of the Torino-Bologna, Genova-Bologna and the Liguria and Romagna coastal services stop at Fidenza train station. See www.trenitalia.com.
From the station there is a free shuttle bus which takes visitors to the Village. See above for free shuttle.
Fidenza Village is situated midway between Milan and Bologna and is just off the A1 motorway. Exit at Fidenza/Salsomaggiore, pass the tollbooth and the Village is only 100 metres to your left.
Via San Michele Campagna
Località Chiusa Ferranda
43036 Fidenza (Parma), Italy
Tel. +39 0524 33 55 1
Mon – Sun 10:00 – 20:00 (Extended hours on Thursday evenings in summer)
National Day Jun 2 – Open 10:00 – 20:00
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