Discover Livigno!

A world apart

Situated between the Engadine and the Upper Valtellina, Livigno lies in an enchanting valley stretching across 12 km. Nestling between two mountains ranges progressively descending from an altitude of 3,000 m down to 1,800 m, Livigno is made up of a several of wood and stone buildings. Together with neighbouring Trepalle, an attractive location (with the added distinction as the highest permanent inhabited settlement in Europe), Livigno is today a premium-level Alpine holiday resort. Situated in a pristine natural landscape, there over a hundred modern hotels with all the mod cons, welcoming visitors throughout the year with the traditional hospitality typical of this Alpine area.

The origins of the name ‘Livigno’ are unclear. According to historian Sertoli Salis, Livigino was called "Vinea et Vineola" in the archaic language. The old scripts excluded the "Li" prefix, which was utilised until 1399 and had nothing to do with the cultivation of the vine. So we can rule out the possibility that there could ever have been vineyards growing in the area. Others trace it to the term "lovin", meaning lupine. The more likely etymological origin is a bastardisation of the term "lavina"; in Ladin: "lavina"; in the Bormio dialect: "Leina"; in old German: "Lobine", meaning snow avalanche. Considering that the Livigno Valley lies submerged under a thick layer of snow for several months in the year, we can more readily trace the origins of the name of Livigno to the archaic term for avalanche.

First human settlement

The time and manner in which humans came to settle in the Livigno Valley has been the subject of much historical debate. Most historians are inclined to take the view that the first humans to have settled in this Alpine area were members of the Ligurian or Rhaetian tribes. Others argue that the first inhabitants were originally Etruscan.

Tourism heritage

Up until the 50s, Livigno tourism was only possible in the summer, due to the closure of access because of the snow during the winter and only a few enthusiasts, especially Germans, in winter, would go up to Livigno with their sleighs to make the most of the wide fields of virgin snow. In 1952, though with varying degrees of success, the road to Bormio also began to open in winter.

The first two ski lifts were built in 1959. The final tourist consecration of Livigno happened in 1965 with the construction of the Munt la Schera tunnel, linking it to Switzerland, openings the Spoel Valley to new markets for both summer and winter: Northern Europe, via the Engadine Valley, and the South and North-East Italy via the Brenner motorway system.

Thus began the development of tourism in Livigno.
1965: 6 hotels and 2 ski lifts.
2002, more than 100 hotels with 4,800 beds and more than 900 apartments rented weekly, 32 lifts, 110 km of slopes, 40 km of cross-country trails.


In 1980, during the first edition of the CONTRADE TROPHY , the characteristic Nordic ski race held at night along the 8 main streets, the "Group Amateur Fund" made the division of the country into regions, "Contrade". Until then, the Contrade were non-existent, except to distinguish the towns by fractions matched to the main churches of S. MARIA (Spazzon), S. ROCCO (Truzz) and S. ANNA (Trepál). Nowadays, Livigno boasts eight districts: Centro, Comunin-Pemont, Forcola, Ostaria, Plan to Sora, Saroch, Teola,

Art and Churches

There are several artists around, including painters, sculptors, writers, musicians and actors, that often hold solo or group exhibitions of paintings, photographs, artefacts and other objects. Amongst them is the local artist LYDIA SILVESTRI, whose works are part of major public and private collections dotted around the globe.

In Livigno, you can find the "MONUMENTO AI CADUTI" (WAR MEMORIAL) built in 1968 (Piazza del Comune) and the "FILO DI ARIANNA" (ARIADNE'S THREAD), where the artist has recreated a real walk through the myth, in which residents and spectators are able to experience firsthand. The various exhibits are displayed next to nodal buildings for the life and development of tourist and cultural activities and along the pedestrian and cycle track.

The construction of the first church dates from about 1300 AD and it is that of SANTA MARIA NASCENTE in the north of the town. In subsequent centuries, the churches S. Antonio, S. Rocco, S. Anna in Trepalle, Addolorata di Florino, Immacolata di Lourdes in Tresenda, Addolorata in Val Federia, Beata Vergine del Caravaggio and Immacolata di Viera were built. Apart from the first, which was later consecrated as the PARISH CHURCH, all the others are small in size but full of small details that make them unique and curious to visit.

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MUS - Museo di Livigno e Trepalle

MUS! Museum of Livigno and Trepalle’s attempt is to witnesses the spirit of adaptation and art of getting-by, developed over the centuries by the inhabitants of Livigno and Trepalle. Attempt after attempt they managed to find a fragile equilibrium under the harshest conditions of isolation, and the result of all these efforts is a town with a language, traditions, food and clothing unlike any their surrounding town at a lower altitude. Livigno is today a place where tradition and innovation combine. With wealth, progress and tourism, “getting by” is no longer necessary and surviving through the cold winters is no longer a problem. Located in an ancient house, the museum offers innovative tours to help tourists and locals alike to better understand this town history along with the energy and dynamics that led to the current present. “History” is not so far away, it is also what happened only yesterday and is likely to be more easily forgotten.
Info and opening times

Summer opening: from June 27 to October 1

Every day from 3 pm to 7 pm - closed on Monday
Late opening on Thursday from 8:45 pm to 10:45 pm.
In the afternoon of Thursday 14th September, the Mus will be closed.

Entry Details
Adults: € 3.50
Children & Seniors (4-14, & 65 and over): € 2.50
Children under 4 & people with disabilities: Free Groups (10 or more): € 2.00
Guided Tours Guided tours available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; reservation required.
Please reserve your guided tour at the Tourist information offices (+39 0342 977800) or at the Museum (+39 0342 970296) from 3 pm to 7 pm.
Up to 6 people: € 5.00 per person
Over 6 people: € 2.00 per person

+39 0342 970 296
Latteria di Livigno - We love our milk!

The Dairy of Livigno stems from the desire to promote the development of the mountain environment and its economy. Small dairy farmers gathered in a cooperative company, and then created a structure that, in addition to the processing of dairy products, offers residents and tourists the opportunity to experience first hand all the goodness of milk. You can visit our labs, taste the products both inside the "Bar Bianco" or on a large outdoor terrace and admire the antique farm equipment in the small museum.

The authenticity and quality of the products is guaranteed by the livestock in mountain pasture during the summer months, by cattle feed based on selected feed and forage, by daily analysis of milk quality and by a strict protocol processing of the raw material.

The dairy allows visitors to witness the processing of milk, following to the various stages through large windows or through a guided tour. In cozy "stue" (dining room) you can taste all the products and discover the rural history of Livigno. During your stay, don't miss a visit to the Alpine Diorama.
Latteria di Livigno
Via Pemont, 911
tel. 39 0342 970432 –