Our Region

Explore Maurienne

Its art, its history, its traditions…
The Maurienne district belongs to a national heritage network named “Towns and Lands of Art and History”. Bordering Italy to the east, the region boasts a rich history and prides itself in the unique character of its exceptional cultural heritage - that of a once remote, but nevertheless strategically important Alpine region…

“The Baroque Paths”, a religious heritage trail

“The Baroque Paths” in Maurienne is a cultural project devised by the FACIM (Foundation to promote international cultural actions in mountain regions). Since the 17th century, Baroque art has embellished the churches and chapels of the Maurienne region and of Savoie in general, each holy sanctuary rising from the artist’s faith as a sumptuous visualization of Paradise.
Throughout the year you can admire these magnificent edifices and penetrate the mystery of their construction. Pick up a FACIM brochure in local Tourist Offices for details of visits and guided tours.

"Alpine Land”, rural heritage programme

"Alpine Land" (“Terre des Alpes”) is a FACIM project exploring rural sites of cultural interest. Observe traditional folk architecture and landscapes, learn about regional produce and the tools necessary for fabrication, meet local craftsmen and farmers : in sum learn more about the roots and the singularity of rural Savoyard culture.

"Stone walls of Savoie", history and heritage programme

"Stone walls of Savoie" (“Pierres fortes de Savoie”) is yet another FACIM project.  From the military fort in Aiton to the peak of Mount Iseran, Maurienne’s cultural heritage reflects its history… a history typical of a high mountain valley and its strategic importance. Cradle of the royal House of Savoy, whose Dukes created a sovereign state, the Land of Maurienne is speckled not only with medieval  sites but also with modern and contemporary period fortresses.
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