The magical duty-free Italian town where you can enjoy a relaxing winter break

Jan 02, 2024 734


Hidden away – quite literally for centuries – in the Alps of Lombardy, the small town of Livigno has slowly been emerging as a favourite spot for visitors from both Italy and abroad. The stunning town of Livigno had a late start when it came to attracting visitors because of the peculiar geographical position it was built on.

Standing approximately 1,816m above sea level, for centuries the mountainous enclave had to live with no contact with nearby towns for the whole of winter as all access was cut off by the snow. Because of its inability to trade or do business for months, Livigno benefitted from special measures that made it a duty-free zone – an arrangement still in place to this day.

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