Rome Shopping – Designer Outlet Malls:
Rome is shopper’s paradise and people who love fashion and all things stylish will certainly have a great time shopping in the Eternal City. If you like designer fashion, Via Condotti is where all the upmarket designer labels are. Unfortunately, not many of us have shopping budgets that can cope with the astronomical prices of Via Condotti’s shops. There is a solution though for designer label junkies – head for a designer outlet! Designer outlets or villages are very popular in Europe and more and more of these outlets, shopping villages and districts are popping up across Europe.
Castel Romano Outlet
Castel Romano is one of Rome’s most popular Designer Outlet malls. The Castel Romano Outlet is operated by the McArthurGlen Group who have a chain of outlets in several countries in Europe. At Castel Romano you will find a range of prestigious labels and quality items at discounts ranging from 30% to 70%, depending on whether they are current or previous season’s stock. Given the price tag of some of these labels, even a 30% discount would only make a mere dent on the full-priced item, so it may be necessary to hunt down those items with at least 50% discount. If you live outside of the EU, you can claim your VAT refund which will help in bringing down the final cost of purchase a little further.
There are over 110 boutiques in the mall, some more fabulous than others e.g. Ferragamo, Cavalli, Valentino,, and the list goes on. Unfortunately, Gucci is no longer here and neither are Prada or LV.
This is not a ladies only domain as there are lots of menswear too. Apart from fashion wear you’ll also find sports wear, homewares and gifts, leather goods and fashion accessories.
Changes at Castel Romano
If you haven’t been to Castel Romano for a while, their huge signature white tents have been removed. The outlet is going through some expansion and by 2013, it will have room for more shops.
Getting to Castel Romano
Designer outlet malls and villages are usually located on the outskirts of town where the rents are cheaper and there is more space available. This is the case with the Castel Romano Outlet which is situated on the outskirts of Rome. But getting to Castel Romano is quite easy as there are daily shuttle buses from Rome city centre and near St Peters.
See here for How to Get to Castel Romano from Termini Station
See here for How to Get to Castel Romano from the Vatican
If you want to reserve a ticket upfront (you have to collect it before boarding) you can book it here: Castel Romano Designer Outlet: Roundtrip from Rome
A Pleasant Day at Castel Romano
Once you’re at Castel Romano, it’s quite a pleasant place to spend the day checking out all the shops. There are food outlets there, so there’s no problems with sustenance. Over the years we have bought some really nice stuff from the outlet, including leather jackets, shoes, clothing, etc. When you’re finished with your shopping, you can hop on the Castel Romano shuttle back to town.
Mon – Thur 10:00 – 20:00
Fri – Sun 10:00 – 21:00
Closed: Easter and Easter Monday
Castel Romano Designer Outlet
Via Ponte di Piscina Cupa, 64
00128 Castel Romano (Roma) , Italy
Infoline: +39 06 50 500 50
For more Designer Discount Outlets in other cities in Europe and the UK , see our Designer Outlet Directory.