Lux for Less
High-fashion threads at delightfully low prices are waiting for you at Castel Romano Designer Outlet
Can’t live without your Calvins (or Coach, or Converses), but on a budget? Never fear—you can still strut your stuff. Located just south of town, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Castel Romano is a vast outdoor luxury shopping mall offering styles by top Italian and international designers with prices slashed by up to 70%, all year round. It’s not unheard of to find couture leather bags, shoes, and even evening gowns for what you’d normally spend on the same items by more modest brands. Swooning over a Valentino ball gown, a pair of Roberto Cavalli jeans, or a Le Creuset pot? They might just be within reach after all. The luxury outlet has become a favorite shopping destination for Romans since they opened their doors in 2003. Although the layout is reminiscent of large outdoor American malls, such as LA’s famous The Grove, it has a distinctly Italian air. Mono-brand stores are grouped around a number of “piazzas,” which feature bold installations such as the life-size replica of a T-Rex skeleton and the towering bronze sculpture of an African elephant. The center is made up of more than 200 shops, ranging from couture Italian fashion houses, such as Ferragamo, Versace, Etro, Missoni, and Ermenegildo Zegna, to high-end sportswear by Lacoste, Converse, Adidas, Nike, and K-Way, to popular international brands like Diesel, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, and Swarovski. Lingerie by La Perla and Wolford, kids’ fashions by Petit Bateau and Primigi, and accessories by Furla and Gallo, round out the offerings. And if you buy so much you don’t know how you’ll ever t it all in your suitcase, treat yourself to a new one from Piquadro or Samsonite.
How to get there:
Shuttles depart five times daily from Via Marsala, 71 (next to Termini Station), and once daily from Via Ludovisi, 48, Tiburtina Station, and Ostiense Station. Tickets for the 30-minute ride can be purchased online at mcarthurglen.com (€15 round trip; kids 10 and under free). mcarthurglen.it/castelromano