Savoie is a French department in the Auvergne-RhÃ´ne-Alpes region of the French Alps. Savoie is part of the Auvergne-RhÃ´ne-Alpes rÃ©gion. 90% of Savoie is covered by mountains. Tourism, which is quite important to Savoie, began to develop towards the end of the 19th century, mostly summer oriented. The increase in the popularity of skiing in the 20th century made Savoie home to the largest number of ski hills in France. Savoie is also famous for its cows, which produce numerous cheeses.