The Italian Livigno ski resort is not only one of the few remaining resorts that are tucked away from the prying eyes of the world but it still retains its duty free status (which is justified by its remote location and reliance on the tourism that the beautiful location brings). Charming and pretty the resort may seem isolated but it is actually well served by transport routes.

The Lombardy region in the Italian Alps has that truly rural Italian feel, the food is rustic, the people are friendly and the resort reflects the reliance on tourism that the locals feel, everybody is welcomed and everybody is encouraged to return year after year to this beautiful yet isolated part of the world.

Livigno boasts 110kms of sunny slopes that range from an altitude of 1800 to almost 3000 metres, this high altitude ensures a good quality of snow that allows for reliable skiing throughout the season; even at the peak of the tourist influx the network of 30 ski lifts efficiently copes with almost 50,000 skiers per hour.

The high altitude of the village allows the surrounding meadows to be used as nursery slopes, these are perfect for beginners to ready themselves for the variety of wide red runs that dominate the southern side of the village, the 37 red runs and 29 blues ensure that there is plenty of variety for the improving skier. Advanced skiers can find plenty to occupy themselves in Livigno with 12 black runs; for those that want high speed the Giorgio Rocca trail offers technical difficulty that will challenge any experience skier making Livigno a perfect all round ski resort.

Livigno totally embraces the snowboard culture with three great parks spread across the resort but if you want to try something completely different then the horse riding in the snow is a great way to see the beauty of the region from a different perspective, these rides are suitable for all levels of ability (just ensure that your guide is aware of your experience).

Apart from the wonderful activities on offer there is also some excellent shopping to be had in Livigno, the duty free status allows some of the most favourable prices in Europe with bargains to be had across the board – the locals rely on this tourism trade and they apply themselves to the task in hand throughout both the summer and winter months, ensuring that the shopping is far superior to many towns that are considerably larger.

Although lively the resort has a wonderful family feel it also has a thriving nightlife and excellent restaurants making it perfect for young travellers and families alike.

Livigno prides itself on its range of affordable accommodation although some of the hotels do earn the label of superior there is in reality very little to choose between them, they are all of a good standard and they all offer a great welcome to all tourists.

The main point of difference is the location – some are alongside the ski lifts and others are located in the pedestrianised heart of the resort, the hotel that you choose will be totally reliant of the location that best suits you and the needs of your travel party.

The ski season as with anywhere is reliant on the snowfall, however Livigno as an high altitude resort does have reliable snow and is usually open throughout the full season which runs from the end of November until the middle of May.

Prices are very reasonable within the resort with its favourable tax status making this an affordable destination even at the peak of the season.

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