Before 1816, this quarter just south of the Vielle Ville was a separate town.

As we see it now Carouge is the product of a wave of construction initiated by the King of Sardinia in 1786. The townscape was modelled on Nice, then also Italian, and the Italian accent endures in its palazzos, the Baroque Holy Cross Church and rows of painted townhouses with wooden shutters.

No shock that Carouge is often called “La Cité Sarde”, the Sardinian City.