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Lyon Introduction


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Lyon as a travel destination in France is still relatively undiscovered—the stunning city center remains a hidden treasure. Although Lyon's vitality is perceptible in ancient streets with restored buildings, there are still many pockets where renewal has yet to penetrate. These backstreets and courtyards may seem daunting to visitors, but the history embodied in so many of them makes even the most crooked staircases fascinating.   Click here to see the full Lyon travel guide on Travel42 »

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Lyon Geography


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Lyon is located in southeastern France, about a three-hour drive from the southern coast and less than 90 minutes from the borders with Switzerland and Italy, with the Alps to the east. It's a hilly city with two rivers: The Saone and the Rhone wind their way from north to south, joining just south of the city center. Between the two rivers lies the city center, which is almost surrounded by water and hence is known as the Presqu'ile, or peninsula.   Click here to see the full Lyon travel guide on Travel42 »

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Lyon History


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Around 500 BC, some of the Rhone Valley's earliest Celtic settlers made their home on a hill overlooking modern-day Lyon. But the city didn't take shape until about 43 BC, when the Romans turned the hilltop site into the city of Lugdunum. This settlement on Fourviere Hill developed into one of the most important centers of trade within the Roman Empire, but by the beginning of the fourth century AD, the inhabitants of Lugdunum had moved downhill to the banks of the Saone.  Click here to see the full Lyon travel guide on Travel42 »

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Lyon Sightseeing & Things to Do


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To start your exploration of Lyon, get your bearings in the breezy expanse of Place Bellecour, at the center of the Presqu'ile. Locate the statue of Louis XIV on horseback, stand and face the direction he's heading and you'll be looking north. The Saone is on your left, and on its opposite bank is the historic old town, Vieux Lyon, a maze of cobblestoned Renaissance streets and interconnecting alleyways. The Rhone lies to the right. Off to the north—and uphill—lies the district of Croix Rousse.   Click here to see the full Lyon travel guide on Travel42 »

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Lyon Nightlife


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Lyon is full of bars and restaurants that have tables set outside on terraces. On balmy nights during July and August, people-watching over a late meal or drinks may be all the entertainment you need after a hot day exploring the city. But there is no shortage of stimulating nightlife throughout the year if you're in the mood. Clubs, jazz cafes and piano bars can be found in every quarter of the city, with new hot spots constantly springing up. Door policies can be strict, though, so if you haven't got a Ferrari to park in front of the bouncer, dress up.  Click here to see the full Lyon travel guide on Travel42 »

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Lyon Restaurants & Dining


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Lyon is renowned throughout France and the world as a center of gastronomic excellence. This enviable reputation draws millions of visitors, and restaurants in Lyon are busy year-round.   Click here to see the full Lyon travel guide on Travel42 »

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