The historical capital of the Savoie region until 1562, its architecture is a blend of French and Italian influences.
A city of art and history at the heart of the Alps, Chambéry was once the capital of Savoie and has preserved a remarkable old centre dominated by the Ducs de Savoie Castle and its Flamboyant Sainte Chapelle, which sheltered the Sacred Shroud until it was moved to Turin.
Its old centre, the periphery of which brings Turin to mind actually, was built up during the time of the kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, with its arcades and painted walls. Do not miss out on the wealth of its museums.
Visit the Castle of the Dukes of Savoy. The castle's buildings, which date back to between the Middle Ages and the 19th century, are very impressive. Visits include a tour of the treasury, the courtyard and the Sainte Chapelle, where you will find a reproduction of the Shroud, which was kept here from 1453 to 1578. Another must-see is the great carillon of Chambéry, located in the Yolande Tower. With its 70 bells, it is admired worldwide.
Located in the Place Métropole, Saint-François de Sales cathedral dates back to the early 15th century. It is home to a 10th century ivory diptych. Here you can admire the magnificent vault and the stunning trompe l'oeil paintings by Fabrizio Sevesi.
The Museum of Fine Arts has a large collection of Italian paintings with works from the Quattrocento and the Renaissance. Works by artists from the Ecole Française and the Ecole du Nord are also on display.
On your way to the castle, don't forget to stop by the Rue Basse: the oldest street in Chambéry, which was once the most direct route to the castle. Here you can see the last remaining covered wooden footbridge: the others were destroyed by fires, which spread more quickly due to the walways between the houses.
Avoid visiting Chambéry if you don't like the mountains and wouldn't dream of swimming in the lakes.
Chambéry's culinary specialities consist of dishes from the Alps, such as Savoyarde fondue and tartiflette. If you are in the region during the Carnival, make sure you try the delicious bugnes, small doughnut-like pastries sprinkled with icing sugar, which you will find in any bakery.
A bottle of Dolin vermouth. Founded in 1815, the Dolin brand became famous after concocting a new vermouth made by soaking alpine plants in the region's dry white wines for several months before adding spices. It also produces Génépi and Chambéryzette, two renowned liqueurs in the region.