Annecy History starts in the Roman era and the remains of the forum from 50 BC can still be seen today.
It seems that because Annecy was located strategically at the confluence of Lake Thiou and being on trade route, it flourished in the twelfth century especially when the Count of Geneva moved his court to Annecy.
Important in its history, was the mid fifteenth century when Annecy became a part of Savoy territory and was rebuilt by the Savoies after devasting fires in the 1400's. The castle and old city we see is from those days.
During the Reformation in 1535, Catholic Bishops, priests, and orders of monasteries and convents sought refuge here and you can still today see the original cloisters. Many beautiful religious monuments stem from this period including the Cathedral of Saint pierre, Maison Lambert and the Logis de Nemours.
The Poor Sisters of Clare set up their convent in the old part of town and realizing its location next to a waterway, they turned it into a weaving factory. In your walk you'll see the original convent/factory and the fountain at the front of the building is a weaving shuttle of the Poor Clares.
The Term "Second Milking" is from this area
You'll find at the markets in the medieval part of Annecy, gastronomic delights and famous artisan cheeses.
This Savoy region is known for their specialty cheeses such as Raclette, tartiflette and special Alpine cow's milk cheese, the rebochlon.
In the thirteenth century, farmers were taxed a proportion of their produce, so on the day of tax collection, they would not fully milk their cows. After the collectors had left, the farmers would then proceed to finish milking and that's the origin of the term "second milking".