The town of Chambéry in Savoy sits in an ideal position, at the gateway to the Alps and to the largest lake in France, the Lac du Bourget. Chambéry is blessed with the largest skiable area in Europe within reach, as well as three natural regional parks: the Chartreuse, Bauges and La Vanoise Natural Park.
Capital of Savoy from the 13th century until 1563, Chambéry is a shrine to the dynasty of the Dukes of Savoy. Travel to Chambéry, it will soothe your soul. Jean-Jacques Rousseau was of this opinion, saying that the happy moments of his life were lived in Chambéry, the fleeting moments which gave him the right to say he had lived. (Confessions, Book VI).
The entire historic centre is a protected site. With its narrow streets, Piedmont-inspired mansions, and trompe-l'œil… this collection of picturesque streets and squares leads up to the Château of the Dukes of Savoy, which from the 9th century was the home of the Counts and Dukes of Savoy. The Holy Chapel built in the 15th century had the great honour of housing the Turin Shroud from 1502 to 1578. Alongside the chapel you can marvel at the largest carillon, or bell-tower, in France. Listen out for the 70 bells ringing on the first and third saturdays of the month, when a "concert" takes place. This historic town has a strong artistic tradition, and the Savoy Museum reveals this heritage. Through art, history and ethnography, learn more about the historic Duchy of Savoy. Check out the emblematic Fountain of Elephants, which, with its four elephants around a column, has become a symbol of the town.
You'll find there is no shortage of things to do in and around Chambéry: there is something for the whole family. As well as skiing and other mountain sports, Chambéry offers wartersports on its lakes. Aix-les-Bains and Lac du Bourget are watersports hotspots in France. The tranquil Aiguebelette Lake is ideal for a romantic getway.
If you like fine food and wine, you have come to the right place, as the restaurants in Chambéry serve up only the best. During the Savoy Fair (also known as the "Fair of France"), almost 400 exhibitors display their best products in various domains (home, leasure, multimedia, etc). The most important fair in Savoy, it is also stuffed full of local produce and regional specialities. The Savoy cheeses are particularly highly regarded, and often play a starring role in various melt-in-the-mouth dishes: tartiflette, Savoy fondue, raclette, and so on…
Now you too can say you have truly lived.
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