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Livigno is a town and commune in the province of Sondrio, in the region of Lombardy, Italy. It is primarily a centre for tourism and lies 1,816m (5,958ft) above sea level in the Alps near the Swiss border. My week-long visit here had one primary purpose - to learn how to ski. That was the easier part; driving a hire car out of Milan during rush hour and over steep precarious snow covered mountain passes to get there was another matter. Historically, this relatively inaccessible settlement became a duty-free area and remains so to this day. Livigno is not exempt, though, from income tax and so is not a tax haven. The snow was excellent and I wasn't prepared for the bright sunlight - so powerful, people were sunbathing in beachwear and dining was comfortably al fresco in t-shirts. I have not much else to report other than cheap prices there, Italian food (my favourite), wonderful hospitality and a very helpful ski-instructor made for an excellent week all round.

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