Livigno lies in the province of Sondrio in the Lombardy region of Italy, at the heart of the Italian Alps. This gorgeous setting is a hub of ski activity in the winter and alive with sports and mountaineering during the summer months. Whichever time of year you choose to visit Livigno, you will encounter breath taking views and have buckets to do. Whether you want to have a sporty week away or relax in magical surroundings, Livigno holiday homes will be ideal for you. As well as being up to date with the latest ski and snowboarding technology, Livigno is bursting with quaint tradition for you to indulge in and is a great way to get to know the locals. To boot, Livigno is a tax free zone so leave a day for shopping during your stay at Livigno self catering!
Livigno Holiday Homes
Little could be more idyllic than retreating into one of our Livigno holiday homes and enjoying your own private chalet for the week, or being ski chic and letting a minimalist apartment right on the slopes. Our Livigno holiday homes will give you the freedom to visit Livigno's wonderful repertoire of restaurants, from cool wooden-clad bars to world-class establishments. You can also have a brilliant time combing local markets for delicious Swiss ingredients to try out your hand at some local recipes - rope the kids in for some family cheffing! Livigno self catering also gives you total freedom to take up your sport of choice, whether this is mountain biking or para-skiing and to not necessarily have to be back in time for dinner. Your schedule is your own and pride of place on the sofa is guaranteed once you do come home to veg out! Our Livigno holiday homes are also a perfect base for going out and exploring the village's fantastic social calendar, as there are often festivals and sporting competitions which are well-worth a spontaneous visit. Livigno self catering offers you liberty of leisure, independence and a cosy haven to retreat to!
Things to do
Livigno is a postcard-perfect setting to lie back and soak up the snowy sunshine or summer rays, but it is also brimming with sporting activity for you to enjoy.
In the summer months, Livigno's walks are some of the prettiest in the world. The walk to Waterfall Val Black is a short and easy hike to see some truly striking views, whilst Alpe Mine is a safe family walk along a dirt road which runs along the sweeping valley of a mine; there's even a little café for refreshment along the way. Water babies can head to the walks around the crystal Forcola Alpine Lakes - a sunrise visit with a professional mountain guide would be unforgettable.
Many mountain bike trips run along tracks which many professional athletes use to train, so keen cyclists can test their mettle during their stay at our Livigno holiday homes! For the competitive, the international mountain bike competition 'Pedaleda' takes place in Livigno and the Mountain Bike World Championships have previously taken place along the very same 60km track. Runners can experience a similar thrill at the Stravlivigno Marathon in the Valle del Sole, where they will find themselves running in the depths of woodland, along the Livigno Valley and alongside the beautiful River Spol. If you fancy something slightly less strenuous but are still up for a challenge during your stay at our Livigno holiday homes then try the MiniStralivigno! Alternatively, take the pace down a notch and opt for some tranquil trekking to the Swiss National Park and the Stelvio National Park. To gain an exclusive sky perspective of Livigno, hop on a paraglide. Alternatively you can settle into rural Livigno living by heading out for some mountain fishing- great for Livigno self catering! Summer thrill seekers should pay a visit to the Nepalese bridges and tree swings of Larix Park, you'll be feeling like Tarzan in no time.
Skiing is Livigno's forte. The high position of the resort makes it a snowsure spot from the end of November right through until April. The ski schools around the area are excellent with highly-qualified English-speaking instructors. For beginners, the resort has an array of lovely nursery slopes for you to gain your confidence on before heading out the great mix of reds and blues with the more advanced skiers and snowboarders. The most challenging slopes at Livigno are celebrated for their technical demands, great views and adrenaline factor. Carosello 3000 is the largest ski resort in Livigno and, hot tip, is on the sunny side of the valley. Livigno holiday homes are a great base from which to either find or enhance your inner-skier! The Italian Championships of Snow Mobiles in March are a brilliant spectacle to behold if you fancy a late-season ski, as is the Free Heel Skiing Festival in April. Mottolino Fun Mountain is a fantastic ski resort in winter with the best snow park in Italy and, even better, it doubles as a bike park in summer. Stop off at Mikey's Bar for a refreshment by the firepit in the sunshine, you'll have earned it.
It is well worth becoming acquainted with the more traditional side of Livigno. Take a peek into the area's geographical history by heading to the iridescent Glaciers of Bernina or the thermal baths of Bormio where you can be treated to mudbaths, saunas, massages and drink cures, or learn a snippet about the town's deep rooted Roman catholic culture by visiting one of the rustic churches, such as the S. Rosario Oratory or Caraveggio's Vergine Church. Historians will fall in love with the Castle of Tarasp which sits prettily on a hill as if in a fairy-tale, but was actually built to control important traffic between Switzerland and Austria. The traditions and costumes of Livigno come alive every year at the Folk Parties of Trepalle in July, as well as during the Livigno Costume Festival, where the entire town winds back time and immerses you into historic Italy, throwing the odd dinner party whilst they're at it. If you're a lover of the steam train and opting for Livigno self catering then do take pack up a picnic and head onto the Bernina train tour to view the rolling mountains, villages, rivers and greenery of the Italian landscape.
Night life in Livigno is a classy affair, but also a lot of fun! The discotheques are popular and incredibly fun-spirited; you could easily find yourself dancing the night away with cocktails, chart hits and some 80s/90s classics to tide you over! If you prefer a quieter night then the cinemas often show English films. During the day, it would be rude not to take advantage of the tax-free shopping Livigno has to offer. Our Livigno holiday homes are ideal for family fashion shows to show off your purchases!
Eating and drinking
Livigno self catering is a fabulous way of exploring the area, as it gives you the freedom to check out the various restaurants, pizzerias, bars and snack bars to your heart's content. And, boy, there are plenty. Livigno has several Michelin gems which will please food connaisseurs, offering exquisite Italian cuisine, but there are also more affordable and very tasty options. For the crème de la crème book yourself a table at Chalet Ristorante Gourmet Mattias which always receives raving reviews for its delectable fare which fuses traditional Livigno dishes with creative and novel approaches to dining. If you're looking for something more affordable, treat yourself to one of the famous burgers cooked on an outdoor BBQ at the Costaccia Restaurant. Despite the quantity of high-end restaurants, much of Livigno is peppered with more affordable places like this, focussing on great food, big portions and low cost. The Albergo Alpina Ristorante Garden Pizzeria offers gorgeous mountain views and the Diva Café is a must visit during your stay in our Livigno holiday homes. This timber clad café has a groovy vibe that snowboarders and skiiers will love, with bikes hanging from the walls, eclectic decoration and lovely warm lighting. Well worth it for a cup of coffee and a toastie on the slopes. Lovers of the traditional will enjoy a meal at La Calcheira, a charming mountain chalet-cum-restaurant. Hotel Valtellina offers wine to die for from its world-famous vineyards - grab an extra bottle to take home for Livigno self catering!
After all of this wining and dining, pop to the Art Café or Kiwi bar for a nightcap before heading back to your Livigno holiday homes. In fact, despite its idyllic and remote location, Livigno actually has a fantastic après ski scene with the highest concentration of bars of any resort in the Alps, so take your pick! However, thanks to the size of Livigno it doesn't necessarily feel like a party town, the bars are well spread out and the option of a night out is always there if you want it, but not forced on you if you don't. Make sure you don't leave Livigno without trying the local speciality drink 'Bombardino' which is made from equal parts of advocaat, black coffe and whisky - one of the best winter warmers out there.