Shopping

Shopping

Supermarkets in Prato

There are several supermarkets in Prato, and we’ll show you where they are during orientation. Here is a list of the city’s most central supermarkets:

La Bottega – Piazza Sant’Elisabetta (this supermarket will accept your UNH vouchers in exchange for food and personal care items; see the Meal Plan section for details.)

Coop – Viale Veneto 1 (Piazza San Marco)

Esselunga – Via Valentini 1

Pam- Via Ferdinando Targetti 20

Gluten-free products/ingredients: 24-hour Pharmacy in piazza Mercatale, 147/A Gluten-free bakery: Starbene Senza Glutine, Via Fra Bartolomeo 203/c

Large Shopping Malls in Prato

There are two shopping malls located on the outskirts of the city where you can find many different kinds of shops for things like electronics, men’s and ladies’ wear, shoes, eyeglasses, books, groceries, medicines, and so on. There are also restaurants, bars and ice cream shops. The names of the malls are “Centro Commerciale I Gigli” and “Parco Prato”.

Centro Commerciale i Gigli

Opening Hours: I Gigli shopping center is open 7 days a week, and the shops inside are open every day from 9am to 10pm. Restaurants are open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 11pm and Saturday & Sunday from 9am to 12pm. Free wi-fi inside.

Getting there: from the Prato Centrale railway station you can take a “C/F grey line” CAP bus towards Campi Bisenzio; the bus ride takes just under 20 minutes. To get back you take the same bus, but towards Prato Centrale. That bus runs Monday to Saturday from 6:50am to 9pm every 30 minutes, Sundays and holidays every hour. You can also go by taxi (tel: 0574.5656). It is always a good idea to ask the rate from the driver before you start. To get back to Prato by taxi you can call a taxi from “Ginfo customer service point” or “Corte Lunga” desk on the ground floor.

Parco Prato

Opening Hours: Parco Prato shopping center is open 7 days a week. Monday to Saturday from 9am to 9pm (Supermarkets, bars and restaurants open at 8 am). Closed most Sundays; check their website for special Sunday openings. Free wi-fi inside.

Getting there: From piazza San Domenico square (2 minutes’ walk from the school) you take bus line 12 and get off at “San Giusto”. To get back you take the same bus but in the direction ‘Centro Prato’. This bus runs Monday to Friday every 30 minutes, Saturday & Sunday every hour. You can also go by taxi and as usual it’s always best to ask the driver the rate before taking the cab.

Barberino Outlet

If you want to do clothes shopping, find the top brands and grab some cool discounts, you could visit the famous Barberino Outlet located approximately 30 km away from Florence and Prato. This outlet was built a few years ago in the style of a Renaissance village, and features brands like Prada, Dolce&Gabbana, Missoni, Coccinelle and many more. You’ll also find restaurants and cafes there.

For information on how to get to the Outlet, please see the Student Affairs Coordinator.

The Mall Outlet Center

The Mall is a luxury outlet center located in the countryside between Florence and Arezzo, focused on clothing and accessories for women, men and children, as well as perfumes, footwear and home products. Brands covered include Gucci, Armani, Fendi, and many more. At The Mall you’ll also find cafes, bars and restaurants.

For information on how to get to the Outlet, please see the Student Affairs Coordinator.