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The San Giovanni is perched at the base of the slopes and next to the ski lifts at the top end of San Rocco. This small and cosy property is a perfectly relaxing home base for a snowy Livigno holiday.
It has a fantastic sun terrace which is a great place to enjoy a bite of pizza fresh from their in-house pizzeria before heading back up the mountain. Their restaurant is also very popular, hosting weekly cheese and wine-tastings. You'll have to be convinced to actually hit the slopes!
Inside the hotel you'll also find a duty-free shop and a comfortable lounge/bar area with satellite TV and a music system - a great place to chill out and relax a bit in the evenings. And did we mention the welcome drinks on arrival?
Nearest lift: 50m
Tuition meeting point: 700m
Resort centre: 700m to San Rocco centre
Resort bus stop: Outside the hotel
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
Hotel San Giovanni knows how to do food the authentic Italian way. The half board basis includes a delicious buffet breakfast and a three-course evening meal. There's also an amazing in-house pizzeria with a sun terrace directly overlooking the slopes - what more could you ask for? Oh yes, a weekly cheese and wine tastings in the hotel's restaurant.
The 17 rooms reflect the cosy atmosphere in the rest of the hotel. Comfortable twin rooms (some of which come with one or two extra beds or sofa beds) come with a satellite TV, a mini-safe, hairdryer and bathroom with shower and wc. The rooms for two people have a lovely balcony, however the rooms for four people do not.
Official rating: ***
Gorgeous sun terrace
Popular on-site restaurant
Delicious in-house Pizzeria
Weekly cheese & wine tastings
Fantastic slopeside location
Departure airports: Gatwick or Manchester
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Innsbruck (in Austria)
Flight duration: 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes