Livigno belongs to one of the most popular ski areas in the Alps. It is located in the 1,816 meters and the ski area reaches up to 2,796 meters altitude. The area offers 115 km of pistes that are shared on the two slopes Mottolino and Carosello, it hereby allows the possibility to always choose a sunny side to stand on. Down in the valley there are excellent facilities for beginners with many short lifts scattered along the city. Higher up in the mountain you will find a wider selection of slopes for the more advanced skiers. The challenges of the terrain are not among the biggest, that is why we would not recommend it to the most seasoned skiers.
Livigno is a true gem for families and groups with mixed levels of skiing. Here, anybody can find their fun, whether it is in the ski school, on the easy slopes or on the harder slopes. It's easy to get around the city and to the lifts with the free ski buses run from pm. 08:00 am to pm. 20:00 in the evening. Ski schools are really good and speak several languages. The lift pass is valid for Livigno, Val di Dentro, Bormio and Santa Catarina di Valfurva. It takes about 40 minutes to drive to Bormio, and the pass is usually open year round! When the weather and the roads allow it, you can use the lift pass with 50% discount in St. Morritz. It is 30 km cross-country skiing on well-prepared slopes in the valley, so if there is anyone who would rather go cross-country skiing, this can all be combined with the alpine skiing.
The closed valley suffered a stagnant economy until it was declared duty free by Mussolini during fascism. The city is located in the Natural Park Stelvioog and the town actually consists of the three ancient villages, Santa Maria, San Antonio and San Rocco, which are connected by a 4 km long road in the valley. Livigno has with its old Italian houses and stables an incredible charm. The city has long been tax-free, which assembled a great variety of shops, bars and restaurants. It is therefore very easy to be tempted by both the Italian and foreign goods, at low prices.
Many restaurants and bars are welcoming guests and sell bargains for apres ski, evening and night life. The many 'duty free yourself stores have a large selection of perfumes, cigarettes and alcohol, where the city has derived its cult status in the Northern European and local ski circles.
Here winter is very cold and you have to be prepared for very low temperatures, especially in winter's darkest months you will find why the valley known locally as 'Little Tibet'. In turn, it keeps the snow usually until May, which here is still wonderful to ski. To get the most sun is an advantage to stand on Costacia and Carosello since the morning and in the afternoon take over at Mottolino ago.
It is definitely worth visiting Livigno in summer when winter bustle is replaced by peace and quietness, scenic atmosphere and the opportunity for numerous trekking tours up the mountain or for example. Gallo Lake.
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To get to Livigno by car the easiest way is to proceed from Innsbruck to Landeck, from here you drive to Zernes in Switzerland and so on through the Munt La-Schera tunnel up to Livigno
Opening hours of the tunnel Munt La Schera
The tunnel"s opening hours are regulated by the entry and exit of traffic lights. We recommend that you always check for changes (and prices) on www.livigno.eu under "How to reach Livigno ". Alternatively, you can get to Livigno via Bormio, the pass Foscagno is open year round, but snow chains are mandatory!
One can reach Livigno from Milan to Livigno by train; Milan - Tirano (2½ hours), then the bus from Tirano to Bormio and from there another bus to Livigno (about 1½ hours). It is, however, far away from airports in Italy (at least 5 hours), but in the relatively short distance from Innsbruck in Austria (3½ hours).