Livigno is a duty free resort, a status that goes back hundreds of years. In the 16th century, the Grisons, the then lords of Livigno, took over the valley's economy and legislation. In 1805, Napoleon granted Livigno exemption from excise duties thanks to its strategic location. This status, along with the opening of the Foscagno Pass, has supported Livigno’s social and economic development since the 1950s, In 1965, the opening of the 'Munt La Schera' tunnel from Switzerland into Italy meant a flood of tourists into the area. Modern Livigno has over 250 duty free shops, where shoppers can enjoy discounts on cigarettes and alcohol, cameras, perfumes, jewellery and designer clothes. Please check duty free allowances, as restrictions apply on how much you can take out of the resort.
With every designer brand in Livigno and at duty free prices, Livigno is a shoppers paradise, not only for clothing but also watches, jewellery and photography equipment.
Supermarkets are very cheap in Livigno not only for food but especially for alcohol and cigarettes, you will find many supermarkets around the resort open from around 8am to 12pm then 2.30pm to 7.30pm.
If your idea of shopping includes chocolate or italian ice creams, then a visit to the local Latteria is worth a visit. You can have a walk around the dairy where they produce Livigno's own brand of milk, chocolates and ice creams. You can reach the Latteria on the local ski bus for free of charge.