Style Itinerary: Como, ITALY & Mendrisio, SWITZERLAND


With fellow JetShoppers Jerry and Damon in town from Hong Kong, I decided to continue on my Italy shopping posts.  Of the Italian cities I’ve visited, I enjoy shopping in Milan the most. You can go from the flagship Prada store in the historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (approaching its 100 year anniversary in 2013) that sells exclusive items not sold anywhere else, to stores like Il Salvagente that sells carefully selected luxury stock from previous seasons.

At the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan

But, my favorite thing to do in Milan is take an hour-long trip to Mendriso, Switzerland where the FoxTown Factory Stores are located. You can easily spend a full day checking out the over 130 stores, but the best thing about this outlet is its proximity to one of the most beautiful resort towns – Lake Como.

On my third trip to Milan I decided to finally check out FoxTown.  The rising Euro was making my shopping more expensive in Europe. But, since this Swiss border town uses the Swiss Franc (which is usually just a few cents above or below the dollar), I decided to make a day trip to the outlet.

Transportation

Train from Milan to FoxTown – Approx. 20 minutes

  • Take a train from Milan to Chiasso (www.trenitalia.it)
  • Catch Number #13 bus to Mendrisio
  • Exit at Mendrisio-FoxTown

Shuttle Bus from Milan Airport to FoxTown

  • From Milan Malpensa airport there are shuttle buses organized by Starbus