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Recently, Italy was infected by the outlet mall syndrome that has already swept the USA. The biggest of these are the mysteriously named MacArthur Glen Castel Romano, a fifteen kilometer-drive from Rome, with more than 90 shops arranged in the usual faux village setting. You can find everything from Versace and Escada to Nike and Puma to Frette and Villeroy & Bosch with lots of lower-priced offerings in between, all at an alleged 30 to 70 percent below the full retail price. A second outlet mall recently opened at Valmonte, on the Pontina road leading towards the sea.

But you don't have to leave town to find a bargain if you know where to look. Rome goes on sale twice a year, in January and July, so if you're lucky enough to be here then, prices are often lowered 50% or more to make room for the next season's merchandise. Or try one of our favorite discount outlets listed here.

Antonella & Fabrizio
This discount store takes up almost an entire block near Chiesa Nuova. With departments for men and women, it carries mostly the less expensive lines of famous labels such as DKNY, Calvin Klein Jeans, Armani Jeans, D&G and Just Cavalii, as well as popular labels like Timberland and LaCoste.
Corso Vittorio Emmanuele II, 247-249 (Chiesa Nuova-Piazza Navona)

Atelier Ritz
Some 50 private exhibitors and dealers sell items from their designer wardrobes at the Grand Hotel Parco dei Prinicipi in an upscale market held two Sundays a month from 10 am to 8 pm. Call for dates.
Via Frescobaldi, 5 tel. 06 807 8189 (Parioli)

Il Discount dell'Alta Moda
Fashion slaves flock here for Prada and Miu Miu runway leftovers and boutique overstocks at up to 50 percent off. Goods by Fendi, Gucci, Sergio Rossi, and Roberto Cavalli are also often found here, and you can get some great buys on designer handbags.
Via Gesù e Maria, 16/a tel. 06.322 5006 (near Piazza del Popolo)

Le Grande Firme
There’s a large selection of off-price clothing for men and women at this Rome shop, most of it carrying labels that may not be familiar, but are quite fashionable and by Italian design firms. If you get lucky, you can hit upon the odd Gaultier pants suit or Fendi jacket. There’s usually a lot of Ferre Studio, which is the Gianfranco Ferre lower-priced label.
Via degli Astalli, 8 (corner of Via del Plebiscito near Piazza Venezia)

Mercatino Michela
Rome's fashion mavens flock to this shop for room after room of classic castoffs with labels like Versace, Armani and Fendi.
Piazza Pitagora, 7 tel. 06.8069 0510 (Parioli)

Regola 33 Outlet
You can get lucky at this little outlet shop and find a designer gem at a great price, but you'll have to look often and hard. They carry labels such as Gai Mattiolo, Versace, and D&G for men and women, as well as jeans and accessories.
Via S. Paolo alla Regola 33 tel. 06.68136245 (near Campo de’ Fiori)

Victory
With stores for both men and women, Victory carries a beautiful collection of extremely trendy designer labels, such as Marithé et François Girbaud. The shops are a great soursce for of-the-moment casual wear and accessories. The outlets tend to sell slightly dated garments, but they are so ahead of the moment to begin with, even last season's styles still look very fashion-forward.
Victory Men's Outlet: Piazza San Cosimato, 10 (Trastevere)
Victory Women's Outlet: Via dei Colli Portuensi, 98b

 

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