Kids go free
Based right in the heart of the San Rocco area of Livigno, these are popular spacious and great value apartments. The styling is quite traditional but the space and quality of the furnishings makes up for that as all were hand-made by the owner's woodworking company.
They are perfectly located right next to the ski slopes, close to the ski lifts and the tuition meeting point. The bustling centre of Livigno isn't much further, just 800m. And don't forget the bar next door, Garni Francescato - it's the perfect place for a cold beer or a glass of wine in the evening after cooking up a delicious meal in your own apartment. There's also the popular Marco's bar and equipment hire shop just 100m away.
Nearest lift: 70m
Tuition meeting point: 70m
Resort centre: 100m (San Rocco)
Livigno is a charming, traditional alpine village with a friendly and cosmopolitan vibe right on the Swiss border. It's a vibrant place that's still a bit of a secret to many. It's a resort that has something to please everyone, so you'd better plan your visit before the secret gets out!
The resort itself sits on the valley floor with the ski runs on either side of the town. Even though the 115km runs doesn't sound like much, there's tons to do here. It's more like North America in that you can pretty much ski or snowboard anywhere.
Beginners will be kept happy thanks to the excellent English speaking ski schools while intermediates will relish the large number of blue and red runs. On top of that, the pedestrian centre consists of three kilometres of bars, restaurants and duty-free shops for when you're not carving up the slopes.
The lively après-ski scene suits many tastes. You'll find traditional Italian restaurants serving inexpensive local cuisine, fantastic pizzerias and rockin' bars and pubs for something a bit more exciting. Try Marcos and Daphne's pub for a pint of Guinness, or dance the night away in the resort nightclubs. And of course there's the duty-free shopping - you'll definitely want to leave room in your suitcase on the way out!
Area size: 115km
Resort altitude: 1815m
Skiing altitude: 1815m to 2800m
Number of runs: 75
Range of runs: 26% green/blue, 57% red and 17% black
Lifts: 11 drags, 14 chairs and 6 gondolas
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 80% of runs covered
You'll be able to cook up whatever you fancy for your group with access to your very own full kitchen with four-ring hob and oven. Continental buffet breakfasts are an option at a supplement if you're interested. There's also the option for an evening meal at the nearby Cenacolo restaurant.
The Francescato apartments are spacious with lots of lovely details and hand-made furniture. You can choose between one and two bedroom apartments which sleep between two and six people, it depends on the needs of your party. All apartments have a kitchen with a four-ring hob and oven, plus free Wi-Fi, a TV, a mini-safe and a bathroom with shower and wc.
There's a deposit of approximately €50 per apartment payable on arrival.
Official rating: ***
Great for families and groups
Bed linen and towels included
Free use of washing machine and dryer
Popular Garni Francescato bar next door
Departure airports: Manchester & Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Innsbruck (in Austria)
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes