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Carouge: La Cité Sarde
Geneva's Greenwich Village, Carouge (from quadruvium) began life in the Roman era as a crossroads next to a bridge over the River Arve. It remained a mere hamlet until 1754, when the Duke of Savoy, by then also King of Sardinia, annexed it with intent to create a rival commercial hub for Geneva. That never happened, courtesy of the French Revolution, but the town grew so fast that the royal planners in Turin drew up five separate development plans between 1772 and 1783; their harmonious architecture, plazas, and courtyard gardens still recall Mediterranean ways unheard of in Geneva. Colorful shop windows, sidewalk cafés, friendly restaurants, hole-in-the-wall galleries, tree-lined fruit-and-vegetable markets (on Wednesday and Saturday), open doors, and working artists infuse Rue St-Joseph, Rue Ancienne, Rue St-Victor, and Place du Marché with vibrant creative energy. For more information go to www.carouge.ch.
When to Go
Don't miss the outdoor street fairs in late August or early September (Vogue de Carouge) or the December Christmas Market.
Getting Here and Around
Trams 12 and 13 from Rive and Gare Cornavin run on average every five minutes and get you here in 15 to 20 minutes.
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