VAT claimed is around 12% (process can be troublesome, especially in Milan airport, as you’ll need to check-in fast, obtained your barding ticket, bring them along together with your “purchased” item to the “custom” for verification and stamp, before able to obtain the refund. Told me 1 hour, as a consequence of the group)
3. For VAT, detail will be found here http://www.globalrefund.com/default….ewSectionId=84
4. Better to claim CASH than credit rebate via bank card, due to exchange lost and “delayed” in payment as you would want to track the rebate (may take weeks) Just remember to inform the shops that your prefer CASH than credit rebate when issuing the VAT.
5. The costs of branded stuffs are similar throughout Italy . ROME/Florence and Milan offer all the same style and costs. Differences shall be stock for limited editions.
6. The HQ for Salvatore Ferragamo is in Florence, just by the river side. There can also be a museum there, show casing the history.
7. For current style and design, suggest your shop on the respective boutique rather than the outlets, which usually carry past season design.
8. In Florence, The Mall and the Space (prada), you’ll be able to take the daily tour bus there. Just check along with your hotel.
9. In Milan, there are 2 outlet you’ll be able to visit. One south of Milan, Serravalle Outlet and the other is the Foxtown, on the border of Switzerland. Been to both and would suggest Serravalle, as it is operated and run by the identical owner as that in the USA.
10. D’Magazine OutletMilan, Italy – Right in the guts of Milan’s fashion district, this tiny outlet shop is stuffed with goodies from big Italian names like Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani, as well as niche labels like DSquared2. As with most outlet stores, this one is hit or miss–on a great day, you will find discounts as much as 90% off. For more information, visit www.dmagazine.it.
11. Here’s the names of the shopping streets within the respective 3 places
a. ROME – Piazza di Spagna – Via Condotti
b. Florence – Via delia Vigna Nuova and Via Tornabuoni.
c. Milan – Via Montenapoleone, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. All the brands of the world are found here in these triangle
Hope these info helps. I used to be at the three different places 3 months ago. PM me should you need further info on foods and suggest travel.