Italian officials combating tax evasion have carried out a swoop on Cortina d'Ampezzo - one of Italy's most exclusive ski resorts.
A team of 80 tax inspectors fanned out throughout Cortina. According to Reuters, they caught 42 drivers of Ferraris and other luxury cars who had declared incomes of less than €30,000. Another 118 sports cars were found to be owned by companies, rather than individuals, for the purpose of tax write-offs.
Evidence of tax evasion was also found in Cortina's restaurants and shops. Reuters says receipts recorded by restaurant cash tills were 300 percent higher than those declared a year earlier - before Italy was hit by the worst of the economic crisis - and shop receipts were 400 percent higher.
The chic winter destination of Cortina d'Ampezzo centres around its bell tower and grand 19th century mansions. Cortina is a genuinely Italian resort with old-world elegance. The heart of the town - Corso Italia - has a long pedestrianised shopping street which is dotted with antique shops, art galleries and jewellery shops. The resort attracts the highrollers from Rome and Milan to its glitzy chalets. You'll also find Michelin-starred cuisine and five-star hotels.