Shop and flop – retail therapy on a villa vacation!

When you think of Tuscany you may think of wine, history and beautiful countryside but it is also a shoppers’ paradise. A stone’s throw from Cignella there are some great places to find wonderful Italian goodies!

One such venue is Valdichiana Outlet village, 30 mins from Cignella. With brands including Adidas and Nike, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, plus Gant, Guess and Gap you can kit yourself out with a whole new look. To add vibe to your shopping experience, from 17th June – 6 August 2017 they are holding “Summerfest” – 50 days of live music, food tastings, dancing and exhibitions. Each week a different music style is celebrated: classical, jazz/blues, rockabilly, hip hop and seventies tunes. The outlet will be decked out in matching style – think a gleaming Chevrolet and live dance performances to a 1950’s vibe during rockabilly week AND an urban street setting with dance crews battling it out during hip-hop week. It certainly won’t be your typical shopping experience!

If you prefer a more authentic atmosphere there are lots of markets every day, check our schedule for details. Chiusi Scalo’s Monday market is worth a visit, selling everything from bags, shoes and hats to items for the house and garden. So, scoop yourself a bargain and show it off at home!

If antiques are your thing then Arezzo, 55kms from Cignella, holds the largest antique market in Italy on the first weekend of each month. With treasures including furniture, paintings, silverware, clocks, china, coins and so much more you can while away the day rummaging around 500 stalls! And don’t forget that Florence has some expensive antique shops on Via Maggio as well as some less pricey outlets on Piazza dei Ciompi.

We have not even touched on food markets! Displays of fresh fruit and vegetables plus stalls selling cheeses, olive oils and cured meats make any food market a feast for the senses in the towns and villages around Cignella.

And it’s not too late to book a villa at Cignella for the Summerfest at ValdiChiana. We still have Quercia, Cipresso, Rosmarino. Falco and Aquila available in July. So whether it is a girls week away or some retail therapy on a family holiday, come and see us this summer. Just remember to pack lightly and leave space for all those wonderful delights you will be bringing home!

 

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